Banks often don't know your travel plans, and sometimes they question or shut down your credit or debit card account when charges start appearing outside your normal location and patterns.
In this CBS News video, a senior consumer reporter for SmartMoney.com gives consumers some tips for avoiding these kinds of hassles and saving money when they head out for summer vacation. For example, call and let your credit union know you're going to be on vacation so they can make a note and avoid locking down your debit card for suspicious activity. This video also suggests having fun on your vacation but sticking to your budget. One way to save money is to search for deals from your smartphone.
Call GCS Federal Credit Union, in O'Fallon, at (618) 797-7993 if you have questions about how to handle money transactions if you're traveling in the U.S or abroad for your summer vacation. Also, ask about our competitive interest rates on credit cards.