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Mastercard Travel & Entertainment (T&E)

Travel & Entertainment merchants typically pay slightly higher rates than other merchant types. This rate category will apply to “premium” cards accepted by T&E merchants.

Mastercard Small Ticket

Mastercard allows for lower debit card rates on low-ticket sales. There are many qualifying merchant types, typically relating to industries that cater to small-ticket transactions. Fast food, taxis, parking lots, video rentals, convenience stores, theaters, newsstands, car washes, copy centers, laundry services, and bus lines are all eligible.

Mastercard Merit III (In-Person)

The “Merit III” or “Merit 3” category encompasses traditional consumer credit cards, as opposed to business/purchasing cards. Barring a few exceptions, most merchants are able to receive this interchange rate, as it represents the best qualification level for in-person sales. Below are the basic qualifications, plus you’ll see each type of card that’s eligible for Merit III rates.

Mastercard Convenience Base

Mastercard has a special “Convenience” rate program designed for a few specific types of merchants. You must be categorized as a quick-service food establishment, movie theater, taxicab/limousine, or convenience store to gain access to these rates. The intention of this program is to give lower rates to merchants who regularly process many small-ticket sales. These interchange rates have no “per-transaction” fees, which often add up quickly for low-average-ticket merchants!