Chase Ink Cards Now Chip & Signature

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The Ink Plus® Business Credit Card is one of my favorite business cards, between the big sign-up bonus, waived foreign transaction fees, and generous category bonuses, including 5x points on office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services.

Via Travel With Grant, it appears that Chase is now issuing the Ink Cards with chip & signature technology. When they make changes like these, usually new applications get the new technology, and then over time they replace all existing cards, so I suspect that will be the case here as well. I called Chase, and it appears that they’ve been issuing them with chip & signature technology since July 18, 2014, and if you call now, they’ll send you a new chip & signature card.

Chips are extremely useful for travel in Europe, though I do wish the cards were chip & PIN instead of just chip & signature. Chip & PIN is the norm in Europe, and is what works at many automated machines, like train stations.

In that regard, Barclaycard has been ahead of the curve, as the Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard® has chip & PIN technology.

For most of my international travel I continue to use the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, not just for the waived foreign transaction fees, but for the double points on dining and travel (which is what virtually all of my spend consists of when traveling internationally, between hotels, transportation, restaurants, etc.). That card also has chip & signature technology.

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Chip & PIN is ideal for train stations in Europe

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Comments

  1. I called for my Chase Ink Plus Visa and was told it’s not available yet. Might call back later depending on other’s experiences.

  2. The biggest hassle without having a chip card is at fuel pumps and train station kiosks in Europe. Do the new Chip and Signature cards work on those?

  3. And by “In that regard, Barclaycard has been ahead of the curve…” you mean within the US. The United States is lagging behind most of the world (even Canada and Mexico) when it comes to credit card technology, but luckily that’s about to change. We all know that the mag stripes are an attractive target for card fraud.

  4. You don’t necessarily NEED Chip and PIN at automated train machines, at least in France, where I am currently based. Here are my experiences so far from a month or so of having Chip + Signature Chase Saphire Preferred at automated machines: multiple times at the Paris Metro, Lyon Metro, and yellow SNCF machines. I haven’t tried it at gas stations or in other European countries yet. It didn’t work once at a blue TER machine, but luckily it worked on the yellow ones, so I just go to those machines instead. I’ve also noticed that I’m not asked as frequently for my signature for in person purchases.

  5. but these are not cosidered a new product, right? so we can’t get the sign up bonuses again?
    🙁

  6. So at kiosks (e.g., European train stations), are you asked for a PIN? And what do you enter to make it work?

  7. @ snic — The only time I’ve been asked for a PIN is on my recent trip to the Netherlands. The cards don’t have a PIN, so you’d need to go to the ticket window in that case.

  8. I also called on my Ink card and was told it’s not available. The agent wasn’t able to order me one. Anyone confirm otherwise? I’ve had my card for about 4 months or so now.

  9. Just got approved for the ink plus over the weekend and got the card today. No chip included. Best part is the insert in my welcome kit explaining that my new card has chip technology to make life easier overseas. Based on the accounts of others, sounds like Chase is close to implementing chips but has jumped the gun a bit with some of their marketing info.

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