nvm wrote:Will these new Chip + Signature cards work in the automated ticket machines in Europe that refuse to accept our current mag stripe cards?
Or do you have to get a Chip + PIN card for those?
Generally speaking unmanned kiosks will not accept our Chip + Signature cards as there is no receipt to print out and nobody to accept a signed receipt even if one did print. Some people have said they had success entering 0000 as their PIN or even their cash advance PIN but that is a Your Milage May Vary scenario. In Australia they have signs posted that state "Cannot use US cards here!"
I am very
disappointed that the US is ignoring global payment standards by not going with Chip + PIN. Hopefully the larger banks will at least offer a Chip + PIN card to those who request one for international travel once 10/15 rolls around and EMV is live.
Until then, the only readily available Chip + PIN card (for now at least) is through Andrews Federal Credit Union (anybody can join). If you are somehow able to join the UN Federal Credit Union (very strict memebership criteria) then that is the other option.
But I am happy that at least the three largest credit card issuers (Chase, BofA and Citi) are marketing EMV cards. I feel better about going overseas with a Chip card, even if it is Chip + Signature.