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Trip Report Chip & Pin England

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We arrived in England yesterday and drove to Brentwood in Essex where we are staying with a friend. (It has become quite the lively town since TOWIE!). Anyway, alert, at least here, the chip and pin requirement is widespread in this town. We could not use our Chase Sapphire OR our Capital One credit cards for meals are restaurants or at pubs. All our cards have chip, but of course it's chip and signature, not chip and pin.

At M&S, Boots, and Sainsbury's, they have credit machines that handle BOTH, so we could use them there, just had to ID to the cashier we did not have ones using pins, so there's a different slot in the credit card machine that they use for our old fashioned cards. NOTE: if it doesn't work in one slot, tell the cashier to stick the card in the other slot on their machine.

Just wanted to alert people to this new (to us) issue. Point is, carry lots of cash or dine near an ATM. It was a problem for us yesterday at all places we visited EXCEPT the car rental place at Heathrow.

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