You do not have to give Barclaycard a travel notification, though doing so before leaving for a trip will help prevent your purchases from seeming fraudulent to Barclays. Travel notifications for Barclays credit cards can be set online or by phone at 1-866-928-8598.
If you don’t notify Barclaycard about your travel, they might put a hold on your card when you try to make a transaction at your destination. To sort things out, you may need to answer security questions and speak to a fraud specialist over the phone. Barclaycard’s international customer service number is 1-302-255-8888. If you’re traveling domestically, you can call 1-866-928-8598.
How to Set a Barclaycard Travel Notification
Log into your Barclaycard account online or with the mobile app.
Select the “Tools” tab and click “My Travel.”
Enter your travel dates and destinations.
To set a Barclaycard travel alert by phone, call 1-866-928-8598, enter your card number and ask to speak to a representative.
You can set a travel notification even after you leave for your trip, so don’t worry if you’ve forgotten. And if you end up with a hold on your card, you can call Barclaycard 24/7 to get it lifted.
If you have a trip coming up, it’s best to tell you credit card issuers you’ll be traveling, and Barclaycard is no exception. This is done to avoid problems, and with Barclaycard you can set a travel alert online, or by phone. Credit card issuers often block a card if they think there’s suspicious activity on it, and that’s why it’s recommended you let them know before each trip.
Visa cardholders can set travel notifications through their credit card issuer’s website or mobile app, or by calling the number on the back of the card. Visa travel notifications help prevent cards from getting declined when cardholders make purchases in places they don’t normally visit. To be clear, however, travel notifications do not involve Visa directly and are instead arranged with the banks and credit unions that issue Visa cards.… read full answer
In general, it’s a good idea to set up travel notifications before leaving the country, and you might even want to do it before travelling to another state. It’s often not required, though.
With Capital One, for example, travel notifications are unnecessary due to their fraud detection practices. U.S. Bank, on the other hand, encourages travel notifications, but requires that you call their customer service to set one up, instead of providing an online option. With most other card issuers, you will be able to set up travel notifications online, through an app, or over the phone.
You don’t need to let your credit card company know you’re traveling, but it’s always a good idea. To protect you from fraud, credit card issuers look for charges that seem to be out of the ordinary, or “suspicious activity.” So, if they suddenly start seeing charges pop up on your card in a different state or country, they may decline the charge, assuming it’s fraudulent. In order to keep your credit card from being declined while you’re traveling abroad, you should submit a travel notice to your issuer.… read full answer
Issuers like Capital One and Barclaycard have stopped recommending travel notices, thanks to the increased security of EMV chip cards. They still offer the ability to set a travel notification, but state that it’s not necessary. American Express has actually stopped letting cardholders set travel notices altogether, saying their confidence in their fraud protection makes it unnecessary.
Submitting a travel notice to your credit card company can be done quickly and simply. Most credit card issuers let you submit a travel notice online or through their app. If you’re not sure how to submit a travel notice, you can always call the number on the back of your card and submit a travel notice over the phone. When you submit a travel notice, you should tell your issuer where exactly you’ll be traveling and the dates of your trips. If you’re going to multiple destinations, be sure to make that clear.
If you’re planning to travel overseas a lot, I’d definitely recommend getting one of the cards with 0% foreign transaction fee. After all, vacations are expensive enough without adding an extra 3% to the price of everything.
It’s also good to remember that you don’t have to travel to be charged a foreign fee. If you buy something online from a vendor in another country and get it shipped to you, foreign transaction fees apply there, too.
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