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Why don't U.S. cards come with the chip that would allow them to be used at self-serve kiosks in Europe (see below)? If this is too costly to provide, banks offering Visa/MC could give customers the option of receiving one of their RFID fobs that has the chip in it. That way chipped cards wouldn't have to be distributed to all card holders, only the ones that are going to Europe and want one. The Travelex solution described below sounds like a costly option and is hardly secure, given that it's a prepaid card -- not very convenient either, if you ask me.
By BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor Beth J. Harpaz, Ap Travel Editor — Fri Dec 10
NEW YORK — If you've traveled to Europe recently, you may have had the frustrating experience of being unable to use a U.S.-issued credit card for automated transactions, like renting a bike from a stand on the street, paying for highway tolls or buying a train ticket from an unmanned kiosk. A new prepaid smart card from Travelex solves that problem by utilizing the microchip and PIN technology that is standard in credit cards in Europe, but not here.
American Express: Blue Cash Preferred (groceries, 6%; gas, department store, 3%); Gold Delta SkyMiles (Delta Air Lines, 2 miles/dollar, free checked bag).
US Bank: Cash+ (utilities, phone, internet, restaurant, 5%; drugstores, 2%).
FIA Card Services: Fidelity Amex (everything, 2%); Fidelity Visa (everything, 1.5%).
Chase: Freedom (rotating, 5%); Amazon (Amazon.com, 3%); PriorityClub (IHG hotels, 5 points/dollar); Sapphire (not in use).
*All cards are registered with PriorityClub IDine program for 8 points/dollar at participating restaurants.