Diners Club History
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Embark on a journey—the story of Diners Club. It begins with a forgotten wallet and a pioneer who saw an uncharted world waiting to be explored.
A year later in February 1950, he returned to Major’s Cabin Grill with his partner Ralph Schneider. When the bill arrived, McNamara paid with a small cardboard card, known today as a Diners Club Card. The event was hailed as the First Supper, paving the way for the world’s first multipurpose charge card.
Membership reaches 42,000 as acceptance expands to major US cities, bringing together a new kind of community.
Businesses in the United Kingdom, Canada, Cuba and Mexico begin honoring Diners Club, making it the first internationally accepted charge card.
The franchise network stretches across the globe in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, inviting Clubmembers to belong in countries across the world.
During the Floyd Patterson vs. Roy Harris heavyweight championship, more than 25% of the $200,000 spent by spectators that night was charged on Diners Club cards.
Diners Club reaches one million Clubmembers and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
130 countries now accept Diners Club—more countries than are in the United Nations.
Yet another Diners Club-owned company produces a Ford credit card to purchase car repairs on credit. Members see that not only is Diners Club making unforgettable moments, it’s making the everyday better for them too.
Five out of every six credit card-carrying tourists entering the United States have a Diners Club card.
Diners Club introduces the industry’s very first corporate card program, marking another significant moment in Diners Club card history.
Diners Club becomes the first charge card used in China.
Citicorp acquires Diners Club International.
Being part of the Club becomes even more rewarding.
Clubmembers can now access cash at ATMs worldwide through Club Cash.
Citicorp sells its minority interest in the Diners Club Japanese franchise to Fuji Bank Group and Japan Travel Bureau.
DinersClub.com is launched for the first time.
Diners Club International releases the super-premium Black card.
A new global campaign is launched to target business travelers.
The Diners Club multinational corporate card program now spans 40 countries, bringing global companies together with a common product.
Discover Financial Services acquires Diners Club International.
Club and Discover Network cards is signed. The first multi-country acquirer agreement to grow European acceptance of Diners
Diners Club International launches its presence on social media.
Diners Club International’s Belong II global advertising campaign is launched.
Diners Club International launches its new global website.
Clubmembers now have access to over 1000 airport lounges around the world to help them make more of every moment.
Diners Club International celebrates its 70th anniversary.