Discover Adds 43,000 Surcharge-Free ATMs via Allpoint Deal (July 22, 2013)
July 22, 2013
Discover cardholders in the U.S. now have free access to cash at 43,000 more ATMs, thanks to a partnership that brings the Discover and Diners Club brands into the Allpoint Network, part of the largest independent ATM provider in the country.
The deal enables Discover to provide its cardholders with expanded cash access—a service the network and Allpoint say is still in high demand, even in the age of online banking. “In the direct banking environment, accountholders may be willing to forgo brick-and-mortar offices, but convenient cash access is still a must-have service,” said Ben Psillas, president, Allpoint Network. An affiliate of Cardtronics Inc., Allpoint’s ATM network has more than doubled in size since 2003. The Bethesda, Md.-based operator now totals more than 55,000 machines across North America, the U.K. and Australia.
Discover already offers free ATM access through 900,000 PULSE-branded ATMs, and has been working to expand its global footprint over the past several months. In June, Discover announced its cards would be accepted by merchants who use Barclaycard’s payment acquiring service starting in early 2015, adding Discover and Diners Club as a payment option at more than 89,000 retailers in the U.S., Europe and Africa. In March, the network inked a deal with Interswitch Limited, Nigeria’s largest integrated payments processor, to enable Discover and Diners Club acceptance at Interswitch-enabled POS terminals and ATMs throughout that country. And in December 2012, Discover announced it would open its acceptance network to Shanghai-based UnionPay’s more than 3.2 billion cardholders.