There’s nothing worse than planning a vacation abroad, getting there, and your card getting declined when you’re in line to buy something.
The banks do this for our protection. If you live in Arkansas and your bank knows this, but there is a charge on the card in Thailand, they’re going to freeze the card for your account’s safety.
You should always notify Chase of your international travel plans by sending Chase a travel notification.
Luckily, it’s really easy to set up a Chase Travel Notice and here are the four steps to doing it on a computer and your Chase Mobile App.
Setting up your Chase Travel Notice
Step 1: Log-in to your account
First thing you need to do is log-in to your Chase Account on the website or you can go on your app and log-in.
Step 2: Go to Profile & Settings
If you are on a computer, click the three bar menu in the top left and a bigger menu should appear. Find Profile & Settings near the top and click that.
If you are on the app, click the icon that looks like a person in the top right of the main screen. A screen should pop up and click My Settings.
Step 3: Find Travel in the menu
On the computer, you’ll see a scrollable menu on the left side of your screen. Scroll towards the bottom and you’ll see the option to click “Travel” under the More Settings section. Click that.
On the app, once you’re in the My Settings page, scroll down until you see the “Travel” option under my settings as well.
Step 4: Enter the details of your trip
Click the update button and Chase will ask you for the departure date and the return date as well as the states/countries you are visiting. Don’t worry, you can pick more than one!
If any of the details of your trip changes, you can always come back to this notification and either update it or cancel it altogether. No harm, no foul.
You can also call Chase to send a travel alert
If you like to do things the old fashioned way, you can get this done just by calling the phone number on the back of your Chase card. Tell the operator that you want to set up a travel notice and they’ll guide you on what to do from there.
If you’re already outside the United States, you can call Chase’s international phone number at 1-302-594-8200.
Chase Travel Notice FAQs
Do I need to set up a travel notification?
You don’t necessarily need to do anything. You can always not do it and run the risk of them declining you or not. In my opinion, it’s just easier to set up the notification that way you won’t get locked out of spending money in a foreign place for a good amount of time.
How long in advance can I set my notice?
For your credit cards, you can set a notice up to a year in advance and it can only last for a year. So if you’re out of the country for longer than a year, you’ll have to go back in and update the dates once you’re there.
For debit cards, you can only set this up 14 days in advance.
Can I cancel or change my notice after submitting it?
Yes, your notice will stay under this travel section until the return date has been hit. So if you need to change any details like dates or places visiting or even cancel, you just come back to this screen and change what you need.
Chase Sapphire Preferred
The Chase Sapphire Preferred does not have any foreign transaction fees and is a perfect card to start earning miles and points if you haven’t already. It also rounds out our Chase Trifecta nicely.
To Wrap It Up
Now you know how to notify Chase that you’re traveling. You can either use the four steps I listed above or just give them a simple call.
Either way, your account will be safe and you’ll be able to enjoy your travels in peace.
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