Smart technology: Chip-and-PIN credit cards
There are a lot of questions about chip-and-PIN credit cards. They are almost universal in Europe, but not widely offered to American customers. So here we give some basic information about what the chip-and-PIN cards are.
A chip-and-PIN card looks like any plastic but contains a special chip that holds the same information that is contained in the magnetic strip along the top of a general card. When you use a chip-and-PIN card, you must enter a PIN to complete your purchase.
Today you can see the cards with both chip and magnetic strip technologies. They are rather convenient, especially if a merchant cannot or refuses (which is common in Europe) to process the strip card.
Some consumers and merchants prefer chip-and-PIN cards because they are more secure. The chips are harder to clone. This significantly reduces the probability of fraud.
This chip system is almost widely adopted in Europe and Canada. But most Americans carry the cards with magnetic strips. This may become a problem when making purchases abroad. Despite the fact that merchants on chip-and-PIN system can still process the strip cards, they are unwilling to do so.
American card issuers are slow in adopting the chip-and-PIN technology because it will cost them. The companies and merchants will need to buy new equipment which is not cheap. Also this is the reason why American chip-and-PIN cards are targeted to more elite customers. And these cardholders are the ones who travel abroad where chip-and-PIN technology is widespread.
Nevertheless, the American major card issuers – Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express – plan to introduce the chip technology in the future. You can get a chip card today though, if your issuer offers such cards. Some issuers can offer a chip card upon request.
The chip technology is not the main factor to consider if you are a frequent traveler. There are cards which are not accepted in certain parts of the world. If you doubt, consider carrying some extra cash.
Latest Credit Card Issuers News
The two large regional banks, BB&T and SunTrust, are currently in a process of merging to create the sixth largest banking holding company in the United States. The new issuer, headquartered in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, was named Truist. According to the banks’ announcements, the merger is to bring more branches, ATMs and digital innovations […]
A couple of days ago, Norwegian Air, Norway’s largest airline and the ninth-largest low-cost airline in the world, announced a rollout of their new no annual fee credit card in the United States. The airline currently operates direct flights from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Florida, and Boston to Europe and the United Kingdom. […]
Last week, American Express presented an updated Corporate Program with enhanced benefits for the American Express Corporate Green, Gold, and Platinum credit cards. Over the next few months, the issuer will add to the program new or renewed tools and solutions that are implied to be of benefit to both businesses and their employees. These […]
Not so long ago, Citi launched a new feature aimed at current Citi credit cardholders – Citi® Flex Loan. The whole point is that, if you own a Citi credit card, now you may be offered to borrow money from this account’s credit limit and pay it back at a fixed APR, in fixed monthly payments over a set period.
The digital environment is becoming increasingly common these days. This also applies to the credit sector. Most likely, you use credit card apps or at least visit your issuer’s website from time to time. Indeed, online accessibility is highly important for customers. Considering this fact, issuers seek not only to provide high-quality service but also to design a user-friendly mobile app and site interface that will help cardholders quickly find the necessary information or solve an issue.