Do American credit cards work in Europe?

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Do American credit cards work in Europe?

Postby DoingHomework » Wed May 02, 2012 10:19 pm

Really stupid question about credit cards in Europe. It has been about 5 years since I went to Europe proper although I was in Tahiti (technically a part of France) just a couple of years ago and this was not an issue.

I have heard that you need a card with a smart chip in it many places now. Is this true? All my cards are regular old American mag strip cards.

I'm going to Europe for a conference this summer. I've got time to request new credit cards but is this necessary? I'm thinking not, but surely there are people here who know for sure!


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Postby Crashem » Wed May 02, 2012 10:28 pm

It is not required. Basically, a lot of the automated systems (think subway, vending machines, etc.) use the chip/pin system. Also, auto check out use that (think supermarkets). But most places (aside from automated systems) have way to use mag strip.

As for getting a chip/pin card, they are just starting to make it into america. Chase has a few. Not sure who else. But even the Chase ones are tricky because there is some trick with the pin.
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Postby DoingHomework » Thu May 03, 2012 1:07 am

Crashem wrote:It is not required. Basically, a lot of the automated systems (think subway, vending machines, etc.) use the chip/pin system. Also, auto check out use that (think supermarkets). But most places (aside from automated systems) have way to use mag strip.

As for getting a chip/pin card, they are just starting to make it into america. Chase has a few. Not sure who else. But even the Chase ones are tricky because there is some trick with the pin.


Thanks. I'll avoid the grocery stores and subways and use limos to get to my brothels and I should be fine. Thanks!

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Postby FastSRT8 » Thu May 03, 2012 2:01 am

DoingHomework wrote:Thanks. I'll avoid the grocery stores and subways and use limos to get to my brothels and I should be fine. Thanks!


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Postby Money card » Sat May 05, 2012 9:07 pm

I would say since you're going there on a business conference, when checking into your hotel, going out to dinners you won't have any problems. With your American Express cards being they have the mag strip.

I have never heard that you have to have smart chip in order for it to work. I'm sure a lot of people who will be traveling to Europe don't have smart chips. Maybe in certain suburbs, areas of Europe for the locals, this may be true. Like if you go to a local bookstore this may be true, but not the area you will be in.



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