Can I rent a car with my bunq Travel Card ?
Yes! Of course you can use your bunq Travel Card or Metal Card at a car rental agency. There are some things you should keep in mind when using your card for renting a car.
The Travel Card and Metal Card are credit cards
Many of the car rental agencies require a credit card to rent a car. The above mentioned cards are credit cards and they work like one but with the difference that we’re protecting you from the risk to fall in debt. This means that you will need the full amount of deposits and payments on your account when picking up a rental car. When the merchant requests a hold for the deposit the money will be taken from your account. After you bring back the car in one piece the car rental agency will release the deposit.
Usually it can take up to 8 days before the money will be successfully returned into your account after it was released by the car rental agency. In the rare occasion where something goes wrong with the deposit it will be automatically released by bunq after a period of 31 days. If not, take a look at this topic to see how you can request a manual refund.
Super slim cards
The bunq Travel Card and Metal Card are launched with the latest specifications of Mastercard. This means you get a card without embossed (raised) numbers, resulting in thinner and flat cards. Some car rental agencies may require a (credit) card with embossed numbers, even though it's against Mastercards Rules written as the 'Honor All Cards Rule'. It's suggested to check the terms and conditions of the car rental agency or to contact them to prevent any misunderstandings. You can report shopping problems with Mastercard merchants here.
Last but not least, drive safely and enjoy the ride! 🌈