United cards drop FTF

Just got an email from Untied airlines...effective June 1 they are dropping foreign transaction fees from all of their United MileagePlus Explorer Cards. Yayyy!

Posted by Catherine
32 posts

Thanks for sharing with everyone. That Mileage Plus email led me to conclude that bringing one more credit card couldn't hurt. When I called to notify them of foreign travel dates the representative told me the policy actually is in effect now, and to call them if any transaction fees are added during this transition.

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
7520 posts

You're very welcome. Speaking of the United Card I got another email from Chase last month telling me to never contact them about my travel plans, they won't block the card when used outside the US. Not sure if the just sent it to me because I travel abroad a lot, or they sent it to every United Card customer?

Posted by Laura
Virginia, USA
3340 posts

Michael, I got the same email about there no longer being a need to notify Chase of my travel plans for my Chase Priority Club card. It has no FTF, so it has been the one I have used for the past several years for international travel. On the other hand, I did not get a notice for my United card which I have mostly used domestically (because of the 3% FTF), so I'm guessing that they did this based on purchase history.

Posted by Karen
Santa Rosa, CA
765 posts

I just received the same email on no foreign transaction fees. It may only be the United Explorer Card, not other Chase United Plus cards. About a year ago we opened the Explorer card, and close out the original Mileage plus card to first get 65,000 miles, but also you get priority boarding, double miles spent on United air charges, 10,000 extra miles a year if you spend $25,000, and free bag check per person if you book your flight using the Explorer card.

Posted by Thomas
Snyder, Texas
504 posts

Thank you for the heads up. We are leaving today, and that makes a difference in which cards I'll use. I called them, and the lady said they would make the new rule retroactive for those leaving before he first of June.

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
13316 posts

Interesting. I wonder if they will also drop the FTF for the Chip and Pin card. Wouldn't it be special if they only dropped the FTF for a card you will have trouble using for purchases in Europe. If I were going to use a credit card in Europe, I would use my United Explorer card, but I rarely use credit cards in Europe, anyway (4 times in the last 10 weeks of travel, all for rail tickets). Most of the places where I stay and eat at don't take credit cards, and I've found that the places that do are more expensive, certainly by more than 3%.