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Notify banks and credit card companies that you are traveling

If you’re traveling abroad, you should call your credit card company a few days before your trip to notify them of your travel plans. Failure to alert your issuer can result in a hold on your account due to suspected fraud, leaving you in a bind when you need your card the most. Let your issuer know exactly where you plan to travel and how long you will be staying.

1 week before your trip