With a big HT to my fellow BA blogger MJ (you can read his Fireside interview here btw) the other day I requested my old Chase Sapphire Preferred card to be upgraded to a “Chip & Signature” card. It was sent overnight free of charge along with a mailer to return my nearly indestructible old Sapphire card.
Why do this at all? Do keep in mind most of the world has been smart enough to upgrade to Chip and PIN technology. It is SO much more secure and you never have to hand over your card to say a restaurant server. They bring a hand unit to your table, you insert the card, type in your PIN and you’re done. This is very safe.
I so wish ANY of the Delta AMEX cards offered no international transaction fees, but unfortunately they all charge this up-charge. Thus, I never ever use these cards outside the USA. So I turn to either my Chase Ink Business Preferred card or most of the time my Chase Sapphire Preferred card as either one are international transaction fee free.
So why have one? You can still use this at the table and just pick no PIN. Also, at many say automated machines, without a chip, you CAN NOT pay for whatever it is you want! I have run into this in Sweden at gas pumps as well as parking ticket and train machines!
What does any of this have to do with SWAG Sunday this week you ask? First, as always, please look at the rules for SWAG Saturday (Sunday this week) HERE. Then, for a chance via Random.org at the above travel goodies that includes both an auto to 110w plus USB and a sweet power brick to recharge your phone or tablet, I need you to tell me if you have a card with a CHIP yet? Also, if you have not yet got a Chase Sapphire Preferred card this would be yet one more reason to get this great card! – René
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