A happy holiday weekend to you from Vancouver, BC. I’ve often heard Vancouver called the most beautiful city in North America, and I do quite like it. Part of me wishes we could stay a little longer, but it’s been an enjoyable visit. We’re not here to tour, but to visit family, but have managed to work in a bit of sightseeing and experiencing new things – not counting eating Chinese food for lunch on the 4th of July in Canada, but I digress.
I was wondering if this visit to Canada would offer the opportunity to test the Chip & PIN capability of my Barclays Arrival Card. According to the materials that came with the card, it is Chip & Signature with Chip & PIN capability, and you’ll need to sign for your first transaction. In reality, I’ve needed to sign for every transaction. Not an issue, just an observation. I’m sure some of that is driven by the underlying workings of EMV chips, and what drives PIN requirements. I’ve not “studied” them but I think some of it has to do with attended terminals vs unattended and whether or not there is a real time connection to the payment network. In any event, chip cards are expected here, but each terminal I have used has included the option to swipe. The card has served me well this trip, and the Chip & Signature capability has worked like a charm. So…that’s enough of that Chip card datapoint. Let’s take a look at the week in review here at MJ on Travel.
- Hotel Reviews – The Hyatt Regency Savannah
- Have We Become Too Casual When Flying?
- Best Delta News Ever – Sweetwater 420 on More Flights
- Royal Caribbean’s 2015 Loyalty Cruise
- TSA Implementing Enhanced Procedures for International Flights
- Last Minute Weekend Getaway Ideas
- Diabetic Traveler – God Bless America and the TSA
- Coach Stories – It’s Not the Recline, It’s the Way You Recline
- Aboard Amtrak’s Cascades
No matter how you’re spending your weekend, enjoy it! Talk to you next week.
-MJ, July 5, 2014