New to the forum... I saw some older posts regarding chip and pin credit cards, but wanted a fresh perspective with the ever changing technology.
We are traveling from the US to London for 4 days in September and then taking the Eurostar from London to Paris and will be in Paris for 4 days.
Right now, I have the Barclaycard Arrival World MC that does not charge foreign transaction fees, but it is a magnetic strip card. Barclay offers the World Elite card that has Chip/PIN technology that I am considering.
I prefer to use my card as opposed to carrying cash on me, but I am worried that many places in Paris (and London for that matter) might not accept a card with a magnetic strip and would only accept a Chip/Pin card. Is that a valid concern?
I don't want to run into an issue where I go to places, try to use my swipe card, and the merchant not accept that type of payment.
I guess my question is... Would my trip be easier with a Chip/Pin card? Or can I get away with a traditional magnetic strip credit card?
Thank you all!