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Petrol Costs Wallop Travelers

By Linda Tancs

The economy may yield more hotel vacancies in Europe than one would otherwise expect, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the cost of petrol, averaging over seven U.S. dollars per gallon in countries like France and Italy.  And if you’d bank on using plastic to settle the bill, consider this:  your card must have a computer chip in it, technology increasingly adopted in Europe to combat credit and debit card fraud.  The use of the card is effectuated by verifying a PIN (personal identification number).   It does not appear that any U.S. credit and debit cards currently possess this “chip and PIN” technology for use in Europe.  The solution?  Buy your petrol with cash on weekdays when an attendant is usually present, and avoid the chip and PIN conundrum you’ll likely encounter on weekends.

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