Opinion: People’s Response To The Upcoming ETIAS Visa/Non-Visa/Maybe ESTA Payback For Going To Europe

I have never, ever seen so much hoopla over international travel before.

I had originally written about ETIAS back in December, when I first heard that the Schengen group of 26 European countries will begin to require that citizens of over five dozen countries, including the U.S., fill out an electronic form to enter this group of countries in the E.U. In late February I read somewhere there was more info, which led me to write, “More Info About Requiring A Visa When Traveling To Europe As A U.S. Citizen.”

And then the comments started…

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More Info About What You’ll Soon Need To Do Before Traveling To Europe As A U.S. Citizen

U.S. citizens traveling to Europe will soon have to apply to enter several European countries.

We had reported a while back that although no visa is currently needed for U.S. citizens to visit Europe, a new system was in the works for citizens of over five dozen countries around the world. And now more details are available for those from the U.S.

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Problems on Southwest, The New Mickey Mouse Exhibition,The Dreaded AMEX Financial Review, & More…

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Costco Is Now Accepting Mobile Payments (Apple Pay, Google Pay & Samsung Pay)

Paying for the contents of you shopping cart at Costco has always been different than other places. Whereas other merchants accept as many payment types as possible, allowing as many people as possible to shop and spend money, Costco looks at the payment process differently. They see the checkout as one more way to reduce costs for their members. If Costco only accepts one type of credit card, they negotiate a preferred rate on transactions and pass on the savings. That’s why you were only able to use an American Express card at Costco stores (unless you paid with cash, check or debit card). That was until American Express lost the Costco contract to VISA and all of the Costco credit cards were changed from AMEX cards to the Citi Costco Anywhere VISA card. Now you can use any VISA card at Costco, but you’ll earn more cash back with the Costco Anywhere card. Still, you have a limited number of ways to pay for Costco purchases.  Continue reading “Costco Is Now Accepting Mobile Payments (Apple Pay, Google Pay & Samsung Pay)”