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How long befor unactivated credit card expires?

Old Nov 4, 09, 12:47 pm
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How long befor unactivated credit card expires?

I am expecting some credit cards in the mail, but am leaving the country for a month. Can I activate them when I return or do they automatically cancel if not activated with some timeframe?
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Old Nov 4, 09, 3:23 pm
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I am fairly certain that I have received cards, never activated, and received replacements a couple years later when the cards reached their expiration date. A month should not be a problem, but if you are concerned I would contact the issuers now to explain.
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Old Nov 4, 09, 3:35 pm
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I am fairly certain that I have received cards, never activated, and received replacements a couple years later when the cards reached their expiration date. A month should not be a problem, but if you are concerned I would contact the issuers now to explain.
had a discover card for 4 or 5 years that was never activated.
they eventually cancelled it on me this year (probably trying to reduce their absolute risk).
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Old Nov 6, 09, 12:13 pm
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they cancel when the card itself expires. although for my bank of america card, they sent me a new one when my unactivated card expired.
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Old Nov 7, 09, 9:04 am
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I've let them sit without activating for a year or more.
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