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I decided to buy some I-bonds over the weekend. Discover Card told me it would be treated like any other credit card purchase. Both MasterCard and Visa told me the transaction would be treated as a cash advance at a usurious rate of interest.

Anyone have a similar experience with MasterCard and Visa?


I bought a few last week using American Express and the purchases were treated as a regular purchase.

It doesn't sound correct since none of the literature on the bond purchase site indicates this. Could you have gotten bad information from MV and Visa ?
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