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Chase is now issuing the British Airways Visa with an EMV ‘chip and PIN’ system built in. It’s that little microchip you see on the front of some credit cards.
Why does that matter?
Well, when in Europe, many of the payment systems won’t accept the traditional magnetic stripe on U.S. credit cards. Instead, most European cards use a ‘chip and PIN’ system that’s available on very few U.S. cards. So, you’re out of luck using a lot of kiosks in Europe like at subway stations and even some stores.
Now, here’s the fun part. If you already have the British Airways Visa — you can call to request a new one with the chip / PIN free of charge!
Just use the customer service number on the back of your card. And keep this one handy for your next trip to Europe, with no foreign transaction fees either.
Thanks to Concierge.com for pointing this out.
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