re: european style credit cards with a chip.
i used to have such a card issued in the us by citibank in the early 2000s. when the card expired, though, citibank replaced it with a standard magnetic stripe card. providian bank used to have a chip-based credit card as well.
i called several issuers in the us asking for this card in 2008 or so, but none said they offer them.
if you learn of any us issuer still offering these cards please post it here. chip-based cards come very handy, because in europe it is sometimes the only way to pay (e.g. at automatic transit fare machines, bike rental stations, and the like).
Per Renee's call about foreign credit cards. The HSBC bank offers a "Premier" program which has enabled me to open an account in their London office and obtain an European credit and/or a debit card. In addition there is no fee charged for foreign currency transactions.
Since I was a hippie in the 'Sixties I never quite bought into the system. (I do LOVE America in the best sense, however.) I never owned a TV, never had a checking account and (Horrors!) have picketed --against abortion, against the war machine (getting arrested once) and for equal rights-- hundreds of times. I live in a fairly free-wheeling state and have made some money writing. Oh, and I have never applied for a credit card...THAT'S my story and I stick like new glue to it...
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