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Updated: Feb 20, 2021

Yesterday, I wanted to add my Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card to my Apple Pay wallet so I could have the option to use it for promotions without having to actually carry the card in my wallet.

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Chase Now Lets You Add Your Credit Card to Your Digital Wallet Without Having the Card in Hand

When I’ve had to replace my iPhone, it’s always frustrating having to find all of my physical cards to re-add because with Citi and Amex you need your 3 or 4 digit security code.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card

From my Chase app, I was able to add it with verification done via text message instead of needing the CID number. How great, I thought. I wonder if you could do this with a brand new card as well?

And right on cue, in my Twitter feed, was today’s post from Doctor of Credit that you can now, in fact, add a brand new card to your digital wallet without having the card in your hand.

This is extremely valuable because when you apply for a new credit card, the clock starts ticking on your bonus offer period – the amount of spend you need to make in a fixed amount of time – once you are approved. And you may well be applying for the card specifically because you have some payments you want to make.


What Digital Wallets Can You Add Your Chase Card To?

You can add any of your Chase credit cards, like a Chase Freedom Unlimited, to Apple Pay, G Pay, or PayPal. It will text you a code (or you can get a voice call to your number on file).

As of February 2021, you can also add all Chase Business credit cards to your mobile wallets, however it seems that *for now) you do need the actual card in hand to do so (unlike the personal cards which can be added straight from the Chase app).

Chase will generally let you call and request your card expedited anyway – which is great – but this will give you an even greater head start on your spend.

American Express will often give you a digital number you can use right away, but it’s very hit or miss. Citi, by contrast, will almost never expedite your card and you cannot add Citi cards to your wallet.

While not life changing, this is a nice new feature and good to know about.

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Have you done this?

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  1. I added my new Hyatt card to Apple Wallet, but it only showed the last 4 digits of the new card number, so I couldn’t use it to order stuff online.

  2. @sharon. That’s right – it will allow you to use it inside a wallet only. It won’t give you the card number. If you need it outside of the three wallets, you’d need to ask to have the card expedited in ~2 days.

  3. I tried to add my new account to the Chase digital wallet since I haven’t received my card yet and it won’t let me. It’s saying that I don’t have any eligible cards to add right now. Any idea why this might be happening?


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