MB131174 wrote:After reading the blog about world mastercard benefits, I realized that as a frequent traveler to Israel, I was not covered by rental car collision by my visa siggy in Israel as it's an excluded country, but MC does cover Israel with their WM cards. I called Chase yesterday and was able to get my visa siggy CSP switched to a wm version. I figure I have the Hyatt visa siggy, so I'm now set with both vs and wm. If you want a change, do it now, the rep said the wm version of the CSP is going away.
MB131174 wrote:All you have to do is apply for a second valid passport and send in a letter stating the reason why you need one. They'll give you a second passport valid for 2 years (as opposed to the normal 10 years). Use the regular 10 year passport for travels to all countries that accept passports with Israeli stamps, and save the 2 year passport for countries (such as Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, etc) that do not accept passports that have Israeli stamps. You'd be surprised by some countries you can enter with Israeli stamps, aside from Jordan and Egypt due to their peace treaties with Israel. Morocco and the UAE are two countries that will honor Israeli stamped passports.
As far as a reason for discontinuing the MC version, they didn't give me one. My guess would be for simplicity? I'd imagine when EMV comes around we can keep the MC because once I activate my metal MC they said I can call in and request a plastic embossed card (which I need on occasion in some obscure places they still make a cc impression).
Robrus1 wrote:That's good to know. I can't decide if I'll do that or not. I wonder if later they go EMV, if it'll have to be switched back to Visa Sig to get a replacement EMV card...
Sort of off topic for a minute, I'd really like to go to Israel but I think it'll have to be one of the last places I visit in the region because there are so many countries nearby that won't let you visit if there's any sign you've ever been to Israel, like passport stamps, etc. Has this affected your travels at all?
MB131174 wrote:I'd imagine when EMV comes around we can keep the MC because once I activate my metal MC they said I can call in and request a plastic embossed card (which I need on occasion in some obscure places they still make a cc impression).
SuperKirby wrote:I wonder how this will affect the EMV as well. I have the CSP MC now, when the EMV comes out, I wonder if I'd have to switch to the Visa version.
takeshi wrote:I'm probably missing something but I don't understand either of these statements. There are metal cards with EMV. There are also MC's with EMV.