Ask Chase to Block Over-the-Limit Charges

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One of the most annoying things about credit limits is that most card issuers treat them as “soft” limits. They’ll actually let you exceed the limit, and then levy a penalty fee for the privilege of doing so. The good news is that Chase (and possibly others) offer an out.

According to an article that I just ran across, all you have to do is call them up and ask for an “over-the-limit block.” This block will work for all Chase cards except their Signature cards, which have no preset spending limit, and thus aren’t subject to these sorts of fees.

Something to watch out for is that these blocks don’t work on all purchases. For example, if a gas pump initially authorizes your card for a certain dollar amount and then you wind up purchasing more, you might end up exceeding your limit.

Check it out. While you might appreciate the courtesy of being allowed to exceed your limit, it comes at a price. If you want to protect yourself against these sorts of fees, all you need to do is call the number on the back of your card and ask.

If you’re aware any other issuers that do the same, please let me know.

Via: CreditMattersBlog.com

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Published on April 28th, 2009 - One Comment
Filed under: Credit Card Tips

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Comments (scroll down to add your own):

  1. Fees are where banks can make a killing. And it’s all unnecessary. If you just stay within your limits, you wouldn’t have to pay such fees. Then again, if you are putting things on your credit card, it’s fairly likely that you are overspending anyways. I know some people use credit cards wisely for their rewards, but I bet it’s the exception rather than the rule. Otherwise banks wouldn’t offer such rewards.

    Comment by Wise Money Matters — Apr 28th 2009 @ 12:31 pm

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