Lucky shares helpful tips on how to get a new metal American Express Platinum card. But I don’t want one.
Oh I do want one, actually, but not if I have to give up my existing one. Why? It is one of my last credit cards with raised numbers. That matters when you spend any amount of time in Germany.
Although even Germany is finally coming to grips with the age of credit cards, many business establishments still refuse to accept them. Many that do still use something like this:
Remember these? 1985 called. It wants its credit card reader back.
Here’s an example. My favorite steakhouse in Frankfurt, called Buffalo, still uses the old carbon paper system above. Recently I was there and pulled out my Chase Sapphire Reserve card to pay the bill since it earns 3x points on dining.
The waiter shook his head and I already knew why. He made back and forth motions with his hand as if he operating the old credit machine and I nodded in understanding.
Thankfully, my good old American Express Platinum card still has raised numbers and I was able to pay with card instead of cash. I could see the waiter was disappointed I had a back-up card!
Credit card companies are increasingly using trendy new metallic cards with non-raised numbers placed on the backside of the card. Most new cards from CITI and Chase are issued in this style. While I do prefer the look and feel of these cards, they are not as practical in all parts of the world.
I still have my American Express Gold card that is raised, but I plan to cancel that card. I also have a Chase INK card in my office somewhere that I may have to bring on future trips to Germany when AMEX eventually sends me a new card.
Seems like a funny problem to have, but in Europe this is still prevalent.