April 2011 interchange rate updates

Highlights of the April 2011 traditional bi-annual interchange rate updates are presented in this article, specifically for our client types including retail, wholesale, B2B, hospitality, healthcare and non-profits, so you don’t have to sift through grocery store and other non-relevant data.

MasterCard changes effective April 15, 2011.

  • Travel Industries Premier Services Program (TIPS). The registration requirement has been eliminated.  The rates are:

credit 1.58% + $.10
enhanced 1.80% + $.10
World 2.30% + $.10
debit 1.15% + $.15

  • Service Industries Incentive Program (SIIP).  All merchants processed under MCC 4814 (Telecommunications Services), 4899 (Cable, Satellite and Other Pay Television and Radio Services) may qualify for the recurring payment Service Industries rates.

core 1.45% + $.10
rewards 1.45% + $.10
Premium 1.45% + $.10

Premium Plus 2.30% + $.10
debit .90% + $.20

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  • World Merit III card increases from 1.73% + $0.10 to 1.77% + $0.10.
  • World Full UCAF (the rate for a world card e-commerce credit transaction conducted with merchant security and cardholder verification) will increase from 1.83% + $0.10 to 1.87% + $0.10.
  • World Merchant UCAF (the rate for a world card e-commerce credit transaction conducted with merchant security only) increased from 1.73% + $0.10 to 1.77% + $0.10.
  • MasterCard will increase the assessment fee (a flat transaction fee added to the cost of processing each credit card sale) from 0.11 percent to 0.12 percent on consumer and commercial credit volume for transactions of $1,000 or more.

Full MasterCard Interchange Rates and criteria (pdf).
Also in April, Visa Inc. reportedly added an Interregional Super Premium Card with a rate of 1.97% + $0.00 and four new Interregional Full Chip Cards with an interchange rate of 1.10% + $0.00. All of the new cards also have the 0.40% and 0.45% international service and acquirer fees associated with them.
World cards are generally 20-30% of merchant cards received, so there will definitely be some creep in credit card processing fees.

In addition, MasterCard will increase the assessment fee (a flat transaction fee added to the cost of processing each credit card sale) from 0.11 percent to 0.12 percent on consumer and commercial credit volume for transactions of $1,000 or more. For a complete list of interchange fees go to  interchange rates. Also in April, Visa Inc. reportedly added an Interregional Super Premium Card with a rate of 1.97% + $0.00 and four new Interregional Full Chip Cards with an interchange rate of 1.10% + $0.00. All of the new cards also have the 0.40% and 0.45% international service and acquirer fees associated with them.