If a gas station with self-serve pumps is staffed, a cashier may be able to take your credit card, swipe it, and have you sign the receipt the old-fashioned way. For now, most hotels, restaurants, and shops that serve Americans will accept US cards. So far the new chip-and-PIN card processors can still read US cards, but eventually some of these countries could stop accepting magnetic-strip cards.Long before chip-and-PIN came on the scene, European merchants preferred payment in cash to plastic.
Europe’s automated machines will sometimes take your US credit card if you know the card’s PIN number. Freeway tollbooths and automated payment machines at parking garages often give you an option to pay cash.Every card has one; ask your bank for the number before you leave on your trip. At train stations, you can stand in line at the ticket window and buy your ticket with euros, rather than try to charge it at a machine.It’s smart to carefully choose and limit how you use your plastic, whether at home or abroad.You can safely use your debit card at ATMs to pull out cash, but using it to routinely pay for purchases at various shops increases the chance that a disgruntled employee could lift your number (which, if abused, draws money directly out of your account).So far, US banks have not committed to any conversion.
Chip-and-PIN cardholders don't sign a receipt when making a purchase — instead they enter a PIN (similar to using a debit card for a point-of-sale purchase in the US). It’s easy to withdraw cash from a nearby ATM (there’s no problem using magnetic-strip debit cards in European ATMs), or simply carry sufficient cash with you (in your money belt for safekeeping).Businesses pay sky-high commissions to credit-card companies; the fees cut deep into the small profits of small places such as B&Bs and restaurants.Unscrupulous merchants want you to pay cash so they can avoid reporting — and being taxed on — all of their income.If you’re bound for Europe, be warned: Your US credit card won’t always work.Thanks to new technological advances, old-fashioned tax evasion, and merchants’ disgust with fees, your US credit card is not nearly as welcome as cash.H2 for sale H1 for sale S3 For Sale S2 for sale S1 for sale 1969 H1 for sale KH250 For Sale KH400 For Sale H2 for sale H1 for sale S3 For Sale S2 for sale S1 for sale 1969 H1 for sale KH250 For Sale KH400 For Sale H2 for sale H1 for sale S3 For Sale S2 for sale S1 for sale 1969 H1 for sale KH250 For Sale KH400 For Sale H2 for sale H1 for sale S3 For Sale S2 for sale S1 for sale 1969 H1 for sale KH250 For Sale KH400 For Sale If you have any interest whatsoever in classic Kawasaki's, then you probably already know Rick Brett.