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Old 07-16-2019, 04:07 PM   #1
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Learned something new at Flying J this weekend

I know that many of us use Pilot/Flying J locations to fuel when on the road. One of the ongoing issues I've had is that Flying J adds a $500 hold on your standard credit card if you pay at the pump. It became a problem for me coming home yesterday when my credit card company locked my card after seeing that $500 hold.

Anyway, after I got the card reactivated, I went inside and prepaid for fuel on my same credit card. By going inside, they only ding your card for the amount you choose to prepay and then refund your unused balance directly to your card within 24 hours. Sure is better than that $500 hold if you can spare the time to go inside and pay.


Anyway, I thought I would share just in case anyone else has had issues with Pilot/Flying J's high credit card holds.
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Old 07-16-2019, 04:11 PM   #2
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Interesting, wasn't aware of the practice.

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Thanks. That's a good reason to shop elsewhere.
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Wow! That's a little extreme!?
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Main reason I quit buying gas at Flying J and Pilot. I got two holds within an 8 hour period and my card got shut off. Called the bank and they said they would mail out a new card to my house within three days. That's great, but I was 1000 miles from home. Luckily had a second card from a different bank to use for the rest of the trip....and bought my fuel elsewhere!
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Most companies place a hold on your card, some also place a $1 hold. $500 is because it's a truck stop...that would not be unheard of for a truck to take $500 in fuel. Ive never run into an issue but perhaps a larger credit limit would make this hold moot.
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Most companies place a hold on your card, some also place a $1 hold. $500 is because it's a truck stop...that would not be unheard of for a truck to take $500 in fuel. Ive never run into an issue but perhaps a larger credit limit would make this hold moot.
Also if your CC company knows you are traveling they usually don't worry about those kind of holds. You should always let them know that you are out of your home area or let them know you travel frequently. All of my CC accounts are flagged that I travel throughout the year and I have never had any issues.
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Most companies place a hold on your card, some also place a $1 hold. $500 is because it's a truck stop...that would not be unheard of for a truck to take $500 in fuel. Ive never run into an issue but perhaps a larger credit limit would make this hold moot.
It has nothing to do with credit limits. This issue is the CC company recognizing such a large hold as fraud and locking down your card.
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Also if your CC company knows you are traveling they usually don't worry about those kind of holds. You should always let them know that you are out of your home area or let them know you travel frequently. All of my CC accounts are flagged that I travel throughout the year and I have never had any issues.
Capital One no longer requires you to notify them of travel. They stopped when they issued the chip cards.
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Had the same issue even after I notified my bank that I was traveling. But it only seems to occur when out of state. Just filled up in CA on the way home from Tahoe and nothing happened. IBut, it also only seemed to happen to me on days when we had multiple fill-ups.
I just go in and pre-pay while I get my free drink (from the Flying J app).
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