Disclosure: I receive referral compensation if you choose to use the Prince of Travel discount for your 24/7 Parcel mailbox.
If you’ve been dabbling with US credit cards, you’ll know that there’s been some drama recently with the US mail forwarding services that many people use.
Shipito and MyMallBox were both very popular parcel forwarding services that people had used for the purposes of their US address. Neither address was listed as a Commercial Mail Receiving Agency by USPS, meaning that the credit card issuers considered it a residential address.
You’d therefore designate your Shipito or MyMallBox mailbox as your residential address, get your credit cards shipped there and forwarded on to Canada for only a few bucks a pop, and start building your US credit history.
However, both these services ultimately decided that the amount of people (mostly Canadians, presumably) using them for credit cards became too burdensome, distracting them from their main business of parcel handling and forwarding. And so they both started enforcing a policy of no longer forwarding any credit cards that arrive on their doorsteps.
This left many Canadians who were applying for US credit cards with a bit of a conundrum. Many had already established a US credit history with the Shipito or MyMallBox address as their residential address, and now needed a different place to send and collect their credit cards.
A lucky few were able to rely on US-based friends and family, but many people had to search elsewhere for a new service. And to make matters worse, people became reluctant to share any details of other mail forwarding services they use, in fear of those services being inundated with overzealous Canucks as well.
Well, if you find yourself in such a position, I’m here to offer a solution: 24/7 Parcel, the service I personally use, has opened its doors to Canadians.
24/7 Parcel’s Mailbox Rental Service
Similar to the other services, 24/7 Parcel also offers parcel and package handling service. They do not charge any recurring fees for this, only a receiving fee for every parcel that gets processed in your name. And like Shipito and MyMallBox, this type of service isn’t supposed to be used to receive credit cards.
However, 24/7 Parcel’s Niagara Falls location also offers a mailbox service, which is subject to an annual rental fee of US$90, but can receive credit cards in the mail. Indeed, they even mention this very explicitly on their website:
As the website states, you can sign up for a mailbox service online by filling in the application form (which is actually just a USPS Application for Delivery of Mail Through Agent) and sending it to their support email along with two pieces of ID.
The form is very easy to fill in – you just need to list your name, your two pieces of ID, and your Canadian home address (where you want your mail to be forwarded), and then sign.
Once you have your mailbox set up, you’ll be asked to top up your account’s credit balance through PayPal, from which your annual fee and cost of forwarding each item in the mail will be deducted. The fee for forwarding is US$1 plus postage, and postage for First Class mail letters to Canada is US$1.15, so you’ll pay US$2.15 per item forwarded.
Every time an item gets forwarded, you get an email notification with the US$2.15 being deducted from your credit balance, so that’s when you know that something has arrived. The 24/7 Parcel staff simply wraps your mail in a separate envelope with your Canadian address on it, attaches the postage, and sends it off, and it typically takes me about a week to receive the forwarded item on the Canadian side.
As in Canada, certain premium US credit cards arrive in larger, bulkier welcome packages as well. When that happens, the 24/7 Parcel staff is more than happy to correspond with you over email, help you verify the contents of the package (with your consent of course), and forward you only the physical credit card itself.
Discount for Prince of Travel Readers
Overall, 24/7 Parcel is a very reliable service and one that I’ve used for many years now. And here’s the best part: 24/7 Parcel is offering Prince of Travel readers a US$20 discount on their annual rental fees.
This means that you can rent the mailbox for only US$70 a year – simply mention in your email that Ricky from Prince of Travel sent you, and they will apply the discount manually.
This discount is specifically for Prince of Travel readers and is not open to the public, and it’s valid for both new mailbox registrations and annual renewals. It’s only valid at the Niagara Falls location, but that shouldn’t matter too much since you can get your mail forwarded to anywhere in Canada from there.
However, I think that’s a small price to pay to maintain access to the huge credit card signup bonuses in the US and ensure that you’ll get all your US mail delivered to you on a reliable basis – and that your chosen mail forwarding service won’t simply abandon you one day by changing their policies.
How do I know that what happened to Shipito and MyMallBox won’t happen to 24/7 Parcel? Well, I asked them…
Will 24/7 Parcel Forward Credit Cards?
When 24/7 Parcel pitched me the idea of offering my readers a discount on their services, I was naturally cautious as to whether or not they would be willing to handle the volume of Canadian residents looking to get their credit cards forwarded up north. After all, I would hate to see my own mail forwarding service go the way of Shipito and MyMallBox and change their policies.
The good news is that the manager of 24/7 Parcel’s Niagara Falls location has personally assured me that credit cards are and will continue to be fair game, as long as you use the mailbox rental and not the parcel pickup service:
In addition, the fact that credit card forwarding is explicitly stated as a possibility on 24/7 Parcel’s website bodes very well for the long-term longevity of this mail forwarding option.
To be honest, I felt kind of bad for contributing to the demise of MyMallBox, which was a very good service for our purposes back in the day, so I’m pleased to be able to offer you guys a reliable alternative as you look to build your US credit history and pursue the big signup bonuses south of the border.
24/7 Parcel is a reliable service that I’ve been using ever since I got started with US credit cards. Simply mention that Ricky sent you in your email and they’ll set you up with a US$20 discount for your annual mailbox rental. I guess I’ll be neighbours with many of you very soon! 😉