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Signature doesn’t match your card! No chips for you!

Emily Crone

We were already running late. It was our first business trip, and the three of us were nervous about visiting our two London offices for the first time. The line to buy Oyster cards, the rechargeable plastic cards you use to ride the subway, was moving slowly since only one cashier was working. It was rush hour, and one of our co-workers offered to save time and pay for all three of our cards; she was trying to rack up JetBlue miles with her American Express credit card.

We went up to the cashier’s stand together. My co-worker said she wanted three Oyster cards, each with $25 on them. Sighing, the man said each card had to be purchased with a separate transaction. Wanting to earn those frequent flier miles, she wanted to go ahead and pay for each anyway. He took her card for the first payment and gave her the receipt to sign. When she signed it and handed it back, he compared her signature on the receipt to that on the back of her card. “Sorry,” he said. “They don’t match.”

So began the first of many adventures on our visit with old-fashioned U.S.style swipe-only credit cards in a new-style chip-and-PIN world. The lesson: If you don’t have chip-and-PIN, don’t expect to easily buy your fish and chips.

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Traveling smart with your credit card

Emily Crone

Now that I’ve completed my series of credit card tales from Europe and warned you of everything from pay potties to overpriced ATM fees, I want to share some additional credit card travel tips — this time from others.
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Credit card postcards from Europe: Volume I

Emily Crone

While I was in Europe for two weeks I took endless notes in a journal, documenting my experiences with credit and debit cards abroad. Here is the first installment of things I learned and encountered while using plastic in Europe.
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Using payment cards when traveling abroad

Emily Crone

A few weeks from now, I will be spending two glorious weeks in Scotland, England, Germany, France and possibly the Netherlands. England is the only European country I’ve visited before, and I am beyond thrilled to explore this part of the world. What I am not excited about, however, is the money situation.
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AmEx launches social network for cardholders

Emily Crone

Traveling to Paris but not sure where to wine and dine? Want to book a trip to Fiji but have no idea which resort is the swankiest? Clueless about what activities to do in Rio de Janeiro? American Express has recently created a social networking community, Members Know, where cardholders can both ask for and provide such travel advice to each other.
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