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Is Barclaycard launching EMV Chip + PIN for the Arrival card?

by on Mon January 6, 2014 • No Comment

emv-smart-cardEMV chips are becoming necessities for travel outside the United States as merchants and credit card companies combat fraud.

But here in the U.S. merchants have been reluctant to invest in terminals that accept the chips. Credit card issuers have slowly started introducing EMV chips for U.S. based cards, but they are almost always signature based, which means there is no PIN associated with them. That renders them useless at many kiosks and merchants that can’t reliable verify signature transactions.

There are a handful of U.S. based credit cards that offer EMV chips and PIN verification, mostly from credit unions. But none of the big credit card issuers – Chase, Citi, American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, or Barclaycard has issued one for the U.S. market with both an EMV Chip and PIN verification to the frustration of many travelers.

That may be changing…

In Barclaycard’s online forum, this was the response from a community manager today to rumors that an EMV Chip + PIN function may be coming to the Arrival card. She says they plan an update this week on EMV for its cards.

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Some have said Barclays confirmed its new Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard has Chip + PIN built-in via the Barclaycard US Twitter feed, but we have been unable to verify this.

But if the announcement is for Chip *and* PIN the Arrival will be a very strong choice for international travel, with no foreign transaction fees and valuable double miles awards.

An EMV Chip with basic signature verification would be nice, but not really  breakthrough as most Chase and many American Express cards already offer this option.


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