chip-and-pin

Remember when I was hunting around for a credit card with an EMV chip for use in Europe? At the time, such cards were relatively hard to come by in the American market. As a reminder, Europe has largely transitioned to so-called “chip-and-PIN” credit cards in hopes of reducing credit […]

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Greetings. I’ve just returned home from a week abroad, and I wanted to share a few thoughts about credit card usage in Europe. As I noted in a previous post, you’ll often see recommendations from travel experts to get a chip-and-PIN (EMV) credit card before heading overseas. But is this […]

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Credit Card Travel Notifications

by Michael on Sep 3, 2013 · 2 comments

I’ve always heard that it’s a good idea to notify your credit card issuers when you’ll be traveling outside the United States. If you don’t, the story goes, you run the risk of having your credit cards locked down as a fraud prevention measure. Not good. Is it really necessary […]

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I’m heading to Europe in a couple of weeks and have thus been tying up some loose ends in advance of my departure. One of these tasks has been to get a credit card that’s more likely to be compatible with European card processing systems. In case you weren’t aware, […]

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