No chip-and-PIN but no problem

This item appears on page 16 of the August 2010 issue.

In May and June 2010, I visited southern Spain and Barcelona with friends. In all locations, I used US-issued credit cards with no difficulties. Restaurants, shops and hotels all accepted these cards without question.

After being thoroughly alarmed by ITN’s piece on European “chip-and-PIN” cards, with accounts of the blanket nonacceptance of US cards, this was a great relief!


Palm Springs, CA