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Chip tips: 4 ways to improve foreign trips with EMV cards

Tony Mecia

With a switch underway in the U.S. to replace magnetic stripe cards with those containing EMV chips, many are worried their cards won’t work overseas. Based on a trip to Europe, I can tell you those concerns are overblown.
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A credit-card-savvy travelers guide to France, Italy

Martin Merzer

You’ve bought the airline tickets, found a few charming hotels (breakfast included), and decided that you’d really rather not drive if you can possibly avoid it, thank you very much.

Now, comes the hard part: Figuring out how to use your U.S. credit and debit cards during your European vacation or business trip. Setting aside most of the technical mumbo-jumbo (“Chip and PIN card? What’s a chip and PIN card?"), here’s a real-time primer for real people.

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An American cardholder in Paris (and Barcelona and London)

Tony Mecia

When setting off on a two-week trip to Europe last month, I was looking forward to having some questions answered. You know, important international travel questions such as: Would Parisian waiters live up to their snooty stereotypes? Does my Barcelona hotel room have a bidet? And, of course, there were more practical considerations: Will my credit card work?
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Emily’s list: EMV credit cards edition

Emily Crone

On July 23, Bank of America announced that many of its consumer credit cards will soon have chip technology, which is the standard in Europe and many other countries. I’m thrilled because I am a long-time Bank of America customer and a frequent traveler. I actually just returned from a week and a half in Ireland. Quite a few people working at stores and restaurants expressed surprise that we still use magnetic stripe cards and said they seemed so much less secure.

Learn more about that and read my roundup of my 10 favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week!

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My high-priced Norwegian credit card adventure

Lisa Bertagnoli

Just when I thought I knew everything about my credit card, I went to Norway.


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