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Do You Need To Set Up a Travel Notice for Your Chase Credit Cards?

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If you aren’t a frequent traveler, you might be wondering about everything you need to do to prepare for a trip abroad. Of course, you’re considering what to pack and whether or not you should buy travel insurance, but what about your bank?

One of the things you might want to think about is adding a travel alert notification to your credit cards. While this isn’t required, it has historically been helpful to avoid the unnecessary hassle of credit card problems while traveling.

In this post, we’ll talk about setting up a travel notification on your Chase account, whether or not it’s even necessary, and how to avoid foreign transaction fees when using your Chase credit cards abroad.

Why Would You Want To Notify Chase of Your Travels?

So, why would you even want to add a travel notification to your accounts in the first place?

Previously, charges from outside the U.S. could trigger a fraud alert, which would temporarily shut down your credit card even if you were traveling abroad. That’s not a great way to start a vacation.

An easy way to avoid that risk was to place a simple travel notification on your Chase account. This allowed your Chase credit cards to be used outside the U.S. without problems.

Thankfully, it’s no longer necessary to set up a travel alert notification with Chase when you’re planning to travel outside the U.S.

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Putting a travel alert on your Chase account before traveling abroad is now unnecessary. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Previously, you’d set up a travel alert on your Chase account online or through the Chase mobile app.

You would do this by going to your account, clicking on Profile & settings, navigating to Account Settings, and then clicking Travel.

How To Set Up A Chase Travel Alert
Previously, you could set up a travel alert through your online Chase account. Image Credit: Chase

Now, when you follow those same steps, you get a message from Chase saying that it’s not necessary to set up a travel alert notification anymore.

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You no longer need to set up a travel notification for your Chase account. Image Credit: Chase
Bottom Line:

Setting up a travel alert notification on your Chase account is no longer necessary when you’re planning to travel outside the country.

How To Avoid Foreign Transaction Fees

While you no longer need to set up a travel alert for your Chase credit cards, choosing the right credit card is important to avoid foreign transaction fees.

Certain cards carry a 3% foreign transaction fee anytime you use them outside the U.S. The good news is plenty of cards waive this fee — just be sure to know which cards have no-additional fee and try to use only those on your trip.

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Know whether the card you use abroad is tacking on an extra 3% foreign transaction fee. Image Credit: Heathrow Boutique

Personal Chase Credit Cards With No Foreign Transaction Fees

Multiple Chase credit cards waive the standard 3% foreign transaction fee. Be sure to carry at least 1 of these while traveling abroad.

The following Chase credit cards do not have any foreign transaction fees:

Business Chase Credit Cards With No Foreign Transaction Fees

Final Thoughts

Adding an alert to your Chase account before you travel internationally is no longer needed. While this used to be a way to let Chase know you would be out of the country so international activity on your card wouldn’t trigger a fraud alert, today’s more sophisticated technology makes this step unnecessary.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I set up a travel alert with Chase?

You don’t. Setting up a travel alert with Chase is no longer necessary.

Do I have to let Chase know that I am traveling?

No, letting Chase know when you travel internationally is no longer required. It used to be common practice to set up a travel alert so international charges didn’t trigger a fraud alert on your credit cards, but today’s more sophisticated systems have made this step unnecessary.

Does Chase no longer require travel notice?

That’s correct. Chase doesn’t require a travel notice at all anymore. The ability to set up a travel notice on Chase’s website has been removed.

Do I need to notify Chase of International travel?

No, it’s no longer necessary to notify Chase of any upcoming travel, including international travel. The ability to add a travel alert notification has even been removed from Chase’s website.

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About Katie Seemann

Katie has been in the points and miles game since 2015 and started her own blog in 2016. She’s been freelance writing since then and her work has been featured in publications like Travel + Leisure, Forbes Advisor, and Fortune Recommends.

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