American Express Announces EMV Migration In The US

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Cyberius
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Postby Cyberius » Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:04 pm

Gotta say I'm happy about this one. I would prefer chip+pin - more secure.


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Postby websteth » Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:19 pm

I am so happy to see this coming. I hope they will issue new cards to those that want them or those that travel overseas.
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Postby Reclusive46 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:05 am

You guys better hope that Amex don't do a repeat of the UK chip and pin roll out. American Express refused to believe that Chip and Pin had rolled out and none of our cards were accepted because retailers were told not to take UK cards and swipe them. This lasted for about 6 months.
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Postby websteth » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:02 pm

I had to call Platinum services for something else but thought I would ask about this. The rep wouldn't tell me anything more than yes, AMEX is aware of the transition to EMV but that he wasn't authorized to give me any more information. I am looking to go to Europe early next year and was hoping to get an EMV version of my card before then so I would not have any issues. Just thought I would pass on the info.
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Postby Cyberius » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:16 pm

websteth wrote:I had to call Platinum services for something else but thought I would ask about this. The rep wouldn't tell me anything more than yes, AMEX is aware of the transition to EMV but that he wasn't authorized to give me any more information. I am looking to go to Europe early next year and was hoping to get an EMV version of my card before then so I would not have any issues. Just thought I would pass on the info.


Good info. Appreciate it - hopefully they give us new cards as soon as possible. I'm planning a 2 week trip to Europe next year as well. I plan to wear out the Platinum considerably while I'm there.

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Postby websteth » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:23 pm

Cyberius wrote:Good info. Appreciate it - hopefully they give us new cards as soon as possible. I'm planning a 2 week trip to Europe next year as well. I plan to wear out the Platinum considerably while I'm there.

The rep did say that Platinum users would be made will aware of any changes as soon as they were available. He did encourage me to continue to use the card while I traveled even without EMV. I said while most places that swipe probably can, the kiosks at the Underground in London do not take it. He just told me to be patient and wait for further communication from American Express.
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Postby DavidNY » Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:01 pm

websteth wrote:He just told me to be patient and wait for further communication from American Express.


No need to be "patient" if you have Chase.

However if the US EMV implementation is chip and signature, it will be as useless as a mag stripe at the Underground kiosks.

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Postby Reclusive46 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:03 pm

This is much needed. The signature has become a joke though. For example, I'm on business in the US and my card is swiped in a restaurant. They charge it and they ask me to sign it before I leave and just to leave the receipt on the table. Great card verification.
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Postby Cyberius » Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:12 pm

Agreed on the signature. It's a joke. A few of my cards have no signature to verify on the back. Never asked for ID.

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Postby DoingHomework » Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:52 pm

I was recently in europe and I can say that it was pretty difficult to use my US card without chip. Of course major places like airports and big hotels took them but once you got away from major tourist centers it was much tougher. I usually had to go inside, explain why I had no pin, and so forth. Some places simply refused to take my cards and I had to pay cash. This was true for all cards.



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