There was a time when we called our credit card companies to let them know we’d be traveling. That way we wouldn’t get locked out from using our cards overseas. Then I noticed that bank websites had a “travel notification” area where you could do your notifications online. Even years ago, I always forgot to let my credit card company know I’d be traveling, and sure enough, a few times that mistake created quite a hassle. I’ve never used the online “travel notification” option, but now I see, at least in the case of American Express, I don’t have to.
The other night, I got an email I’d never received before. Because I paid for a plane ticket with my American Express Gold Charge Card, AMEX took it upon themselves to let me know that they do NOT need to be notified when I travel. Maybe this proactive approach has been going on for a while, but this is the first time I noticed it. Have you received these kinds of emails? Do you still notify your credit card companies you’ll be traveling? I’m curious, so let me know in the comments below.