Originally Posted by fredgilb
Did I mention what a PITA it is to not have a chipped credit card?
Not to rehash this, but I too quickly learned that having a chipped card was a necessity. When my US based bank offered a chipped card, I jumped on the opportunity. The problem that I ran into was that it was a Visa debit card (all that they offered). Worked at Avia and BP, but not at Carrefour or Repsol. Cash is a backup, but swipe type cards would work also......unless you are in Val d'Isere heading for Col de l'Iseran and the only gas station in town is automated. Travel with a friend or find a Euro based chipped card or at least one that is tied to a credit card.