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alexwill Nov 19th, 2010 06:49 PM

Will the American Express Blue Card with a chip work at Tabacs, etc.
 
I got one of the American Express Blue Cards because I thought it might work on the bicycle racks, tabacs, etc. in France. However, it doesn't use a PIN. Does that mean that I can't rent bikes in Paris/Strasbourg, etc. What about using it a tabac or Metro?

Thanks!

xyz123 Nov 19th, 2010 06:58 PM

No more so or less so than any other merchant who takes Amex. In other words, far less coverage than mc/visa and it is not a chip and pin card.

StCirq Nov 19th, 2010 08:45 PM

Any kind of Amex card is less than useful in Europe, where Mastercard and Visa reign supreme. It's not a chip and pin card, so that's irrelevant. But if you generally want a cc to use in Europe, use a MC or Visa.

fmpden Nov 19th, 2010 08:58 PM

The chip in American credit cards, including AE, is a different technology. And you do need the European card for bicycles in Paris -- sorry.

Christina Nov 20th, 2010 11:23 AM

A tabac is just a small shop that sells tobacco products and a few other things (candy, stamps, lighters, stuff like that, and some metro tickets)although some are a bit larger and add in a rather scuzzy cafe area or used to have pinball machines, but I guess those are outdated. I think you are referring to some kind of automated machine?

kerouac Nov 20th, 2010 11:45 AM

Most tabacs do not accept American Express.

Any American Express card will work for the Vélib bikes. It has nothing to do with the chip but the fact that Amex does not feel that there is a major fraud risk from its cardmembers for this application. Visa and Mastercard do not feel the same about their chipless cardholders.

nytraveler Nov 20th, 2010 12:18 PM

What are you planning on buying? In europe small purchases are generally made in cash - so don;t count on anyone wanting a credit card if you are spending less than about $10. And vendors whose business transaction are very small may not take credit cards at all - you can;t buy an ice cream cone even with Visa.

Alec Nov 20th, 2010 01:26 PM

Only chip and pin technology that conforms to EMV standard will work in France. Amex card with a chip does not, so you can't, quite apart from the fact that Amex is less commonly accepted than Visa or Master.
To my knowledge, no US-issued card comes with EMV standard of C&P. Canada is rolling out EMV C&P, but you can't get one from a US branch of a Canadian bank.


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