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Have you ever traveled and had your debit or credit card shut off because your issuer flagged your activity in a new geographical location as “suspicious”. This used to happen to me a lot, but I think as I’ve traveled around the world a lot credit card companies have pegged me as a frequent traveler. But still, I’ve been shut down and it’s really annoying. The thing is, I travel so much and I hate getting on the phone, so I usually just hope that my card doesn’t get shut-off and if it does, I always have several backups.

Well, I just stumbled into a nifty feature on that allows you to submit a travel alert online. While this is not the greatest invention since sliced bread, I thought I’d share it so fewer TPG readers have hiccups while traveling.

Simply log-on to -> Customer Center
Chase International Travel Notification

And underneath Checking, Credit Card and Business credit card sections you’ll see an option for “International Travel Notification”.

First you’ll have to verify your account by getting a text or email with a code and once entered you’ll be able to select up to 10 countries that you’ll be visiting and when you’ll be gone. Note: You can only select a departure within the next 14 days, but the return can be in the far future.

Just notifying Chase of an upcoming Middle East tour!
Just notifying Chase of an upcoming Middle East tour!

Sadly you need to do this separately if you want a debit, personal and business credit card, but it beats calling and being transferred to different departments. Anyway, I thought this was a nifty feature that could save time and frustration!

I don’t know of any other issuer who allows these alerts to be submitted online, but if you know of any others, please comment below.

On the topic of international travel, make sure you only use cards with no foreign transactions fees when making purchases abroad. Those fees of up to 3% will eat you alive and negate the value of any points earned!

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