Barclaycard merchants to accept Discover, Diners Club International
and affiliate network cards
As spending by tourists and business visitors to the UK grows,
merchants will benefit by offering these additional payment methods
Shoppers will be able to pay in-store and online with these cards at
Barclaycard, which processes nearly half of the UK’s credit and debit
card transactions, today announces that it will start accepting cards
that run on the Discover Global Network across its UK merchant network.
RIVERWOODS, Ill. & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barclaycard and Discover Global Network have reached an agreement
whereby Barclaycard’s merchants are now able to accept Discover, Diners
Club International and affiliate network cards both in-store and online.
Accepting these payment methods allows Barclaycard’s merchants to
process transactions from the customers of Discover Global Network’s
more than 10 network alliance partners and 55 countries where Diners
Club cards are issued.
Cardholders are now able to pay at over 110,000 of Barclaycard’s UK
merchants both in-store and online, with thousands more merchants set to
start accepting Discover Global Network cards over the course of the
With growing numbers of overseas tourists and business travellers coming
to the UK, Barclaycard’s extensive business customer base – which covers
hotels, restaurants, travel providers, retail outlets and many other
sectors – stand to benefit by offering these additional payment methods.
Overseas visitors and international shoppers are an ever-increasing
customer segment for merchants. In 2017, the 39.2 million overseas
visitors to UK spent a record of £24.5 billion, which marked a nine
percent increase in value compared with the previous year*.
“This partnership marks an important milestone for our business,” said
Rob Cameron, CEO of payment acceptance at Barclaycard. “Following
the significant investment we have made in our platform, UK merchants
are now able to seamlessly accept new payment methods.
“For the first time, Discover Global Network’s extensive cardholder base
will be able to purchase from our UK merchants whether they’re in-store
visiting the UK or shopping online from abroad. It also benefits our
business customers as they can serve a wider audience, which ultimately
could boost sales.”
“The UK continues to be a top destination for our cardholders who travel
from around the world,” said Amy Parsons, senior vice president of
global acceptance at Discover. “Partnering with Barclaycard will provide
merchant acceptance at the places where they are most likely to shop and
create a more positive experience.”
Discover Global Network has more than 44 million merchant acceptance
locations and two million ATM cash access locations across 190 countries
and territories. Discover has established network to network alliances
across the globe, including relationships in China, Japan, Korea, India,
Brazil, Turkey, Nigeria and throughout Europe.
Notes to editors
Merchants wishing to find out more should contact their Barclaycard
Barclaycard is a leading global payment business that helps consumers,
retailers and businesses to make and take payments flexibly, and to
access short-term credit and point-of-sale finance. In 2017 we processed
over £250bn in transactions globally. Barclaycard is a pioneer of new
forms of payment and is at the forefront of developing viable
contactless and mobile payment schemes for today and cutting-edge forms
of payment for the future. We also partner with a wide range of
organisations across the globe to offer their customers or members
payment options and credit.
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Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment
services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S.
financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become
one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues
the Discover card, America’s cash rewards pioneer, and offers private
student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings
accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking
business. It operates the Discover Global Network comprised of Discover
Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one
of the nation’s leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club
International, a global payments network with acceptance in 190
countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company.
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