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American bank cards in Paris (euro mastercard issues)?

American bank cards in Paris (euro mastercard issues)?

Jan 19th, 2014, 11:41 AM
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Not really. I travel in Europe for two months every year and rarely have problems with the card.

I live in Paris and not having at least a chip and signature card can be a huge problem. I have found both restaurants and hotels in France, having newer credit card processing equipment, that has no slot for even reading a magnetic strip card.

No way to purchase gas at an automated pump, no way to obtain métro tickets at a kiosk, and no way to process your credit card can mean a lot of inconvenience and possibly big problems.

Anyone staying 4 months in France should have a credit card which charges neither a currency conversion fee nor a foreign transaction fee; i.e. Andrews, PenFed, or Capitol One; and one which has at least a chip i.e. Andrews, PenFed or USAA.
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Jan 19th, 2014, 12:13 PM
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>>Anyone staying 4 months in France should have a credit card which charges neither a currency conversion fee nor a foreign transaction fee;<<

A bit of closing the barn door after the horse is well and gone. artemislife is already in Paris.
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Jan 20th, 2014, 08:12 AM
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Michael, travelling in Europe is not the same as LIVING in a city. The places and merchants the OP will deal with every day are different obviously. It will be a pain in the butt. Think in terms of going out to buy a bag of groceries. At home you go to the supermarket and use your credit or debit card. The OP may have to use cash which may mean a trip to the ATM to get that cash. It's not undoable, it's just a 'pain in the butt'.

Janisj, the OP is not the ONLY person who might read this. Some comments including some of your own are obviously intended for those other readers.

The point here is that anyone saying it isn't going to be a problem for the OP is WRONG. It is going to be a pain in the butt.

Sarastro, good contribution from someone who KNOWS about living in Paris. Far more credible than comments by those who are simply tourists on vacation.
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Jan 20th, 2014, 08:31 AM
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The OP may have to use cash which may mean a trip to the ATM to get that cash. It's not undoable, it's just a 'pain in the butt'.

That's what we do all the time at home. The OP will be at home in Paris after a brief orientation period, and ATMs are ubiquitous in that city. To say that going to the ATM is a pain in the butt is to admit that you are living in the credit card economy, but the alternative is less painful than you imagine once you get used to it.
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Jan 30th, 2014, 09:42 AM
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UPDATE: I have found that ATMs really are easy to find, and there is even one nearby that lets me choose which denominations I want. My debit card doesn't work in the Metro or in the HEMA store I went to, it did work when I bought a phone at Orange and at Monoprix (it goes through as a credit card so it requires a signature). So far, it hasn't been a huge convenience since I just need to carry cash with me at all times and I don't make any big purchases.
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