4 Reasons to Use Your New Contactless Chase Visa Card

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Good news. Chase recently announced they’re going contactless on their credit cards. Cardholders with a Chase Visa will begin receiving their new credit cards in December 2018. Therefore, look out for the Contactless Symbol on the front or the back of your card. The symbol looks like a sideways WiFi symbol.

This also includes those who have an airlines cards issued by Chase such as the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card and United Explorer Card.

According to Chase’s website, the following cards will be transitioned in Dec. 2018:

  • AARP Credit Card from Chase
  • British Airways Visa Signature Card
  • Chase Freedom Credit Card
  • Chase Freedom Unlimited Credit Card
  • Chase Slate Credit Card
  • The World of Hyatt Credit Card
  • Starbucks Rewards Visa Card
  • United Explorer Card
  • United TravelBank Card
  • United MileagePlus Card
  • United MileagePlus Club Card
  • United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card

What is contactless payment?

Contactless payment just means you can wave the card (or tap it) in front of a payment terminal that accepts contactless payments. The tap or wave is in lieu of swiping or inserting your card and then waiting for the transaction to process.

It’s just like using your Apple Pay or Google Pay, except it’ll be your actual credit card that you’re tapping to the payment terminal, not your phone.

Here are 4 reasons to try it

1. It’s fast.

We’re talking seconds to process your payment.

2. Security.

The contactless Chase cards are also supposed to be more secure and has features that safeguard your information against fraud.

Chase’s website says, “Paying with your contactless Chase Visa® credit card is safe for a number of reasons:

  • Just like with a chip card, each transaction is accompanied by a one-time security code that securely protects your payment information.
  • You can’t pay accidentally – your card must be within 1-2 inches of the terminal for the transaction to occur (and you won’t be billed twice, even if you accidentally tap twice)”

Note: If you happen to lose your card, a thief may be able to use it pretty easily, since all they’d have to do is tap it to pay for something. Therefore, it’s important to report your stolen card immediately.

3. You don’t want to deal with the hassle of opening your digital wallet.

Because modern times means now, it means instant, no waiting, hurry up. Sometimes, even digital wallets take too long.

Picture this — you’re standing in line at Whole Foods with your phone in hand, ready to pay with Apple Pay, Google Pay, or Android Pay. You get to the front and of course, your device goes to sleep.

You wake it up, it scans your face or asks for your PIN, which may take a few moments. Sometimes it needs to rescan your face, which can take even longer.

Meanwhile, people behind you impatiently wonder why you’re fiddling with your phone when you should have your credit card in your hand.

However, if you had your Chase contactless credit card in hand, all you’d need to do is tap and go.

Another super convenient way to pay is in a Yellow Cab. If you live in a big city like Manhattan and take them regularly, you can easily tap and exit.

4. It’s travel-friendly.

Additionally, if you travel frequently, you can use it overseas.

According to Chase, over half of retailers in Australia, Canada, UK, and France accept contactless payments. It’s probably safe to say many European and Asian countries have adopted contactless payments as well.

How to use your contactless Chase payment credit card

Once you get your nifty new contactless Chase credit cards in the mail and want to use it inside a retailer, look for the Contactless Symbol. Then, just hold your card against the reader for a second. Remember to look for the Contactless Symbol before you pay, otherwise, you may look a bit silly.

Claire Tak

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About the Author

Claire Tak
Claire Tak is an Oakland-based writer, traveler, and snowboarder. She writes regularly about credit cards, saving money, and traveling. Her work has appeared on FOX Business, Bloomberg and Forbes. Catch her shenanigans on clairesholiday.com.

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