About Diners Club International

Diners Club International is owned by Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Established in 1950, Diners Club International became the first multi-purpose charge card in the world, launching a financial revolution in how consumers and companies pay for products and services. Today, Diners Club is a globally recognized brand serving the payment needs of select and affluent consumers, offering access to more than 500 airports lounges worldwide, and providing corporations and small business owners with a complete array of expense management solutions. With acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories, millions of merchant locations and access to more than 1 million cash access locations and ATMs, Diners Club is uniquely qualified to serve its cardmembers all over the world.

Company History

Diners Club is a storied brand that started an entire category. It was the first multi-purpose charge card in the world. It all began when a man named Frank McNamara had dinner in a New York restaurant, but left his cash in another suit. He resolved never to be embarrassed again and founded Diners Club. Life magazine once proclaimed Frank McNamara one of the "100 most influential Americans of the 20th century."

Launch Timeline (1950-2009)


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