What does Home Depot suing Visa and MasterCard have to do with travel?

Last week, Home Depot, the big box home improvement retailer, sued MasterCard and Visa in federal court alleging antitrust violations. I know you are thinking, "So what? This is a travel blog." Very true but I am hoping this lawsuit could result in it being easier to use U.S. credit cards internationally. 

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What that new credit card with a chip means for you

Recently, U.S. banks have been issuing EMV chip-enabled credit cards. This is not strictly a travel issue, but, because I cover reward credit cards and because there are definite advantages to EMV cards for Americans traveling overseas, I feel compelled to touch on this shift. Today I offer a primer on the background of this change and how the new cards will impact and benefit you, the user. 

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