Hey bunqers 🌈
Have you ever had issues paying with a Mastercard in Albert Heijn? Here’s how you can prevent this from happening during your next shop trip there 🛒
Why can’t I pay with my card in Albert Heijn?
Mastercards, Visa & American Express cards are rejected in most Dutch-based shops.
This means that in a lot of stores, Albert Heijn included, Mastercards (bunq Credit cards) are being perceived as credit cards, therefore they’re not accepted for card payments. Some countries prefer one type of card over another and have set up their banking systems and payment operations as such. In most countries Mastercard is widely used and accepted, but Maestro is a better choice for the Netherlands.
That’s why we’ve always advised our Dutch bunqers to order bunq Debit cards (Maestro) cards, which are the most popular choice in the Netherlands. You can learn more about which card would suit your lifestyle the best here 💳
You can easily order a Debit card by following the steps explained here
And you can see what's the difference between the Debit and Credit cards here 🙌
Maestro is going out of production in 2023, what does that mean?
The Dutch Payments Association and Mastercard announced that Maestro cards will be stopped from production in the upcoming years. Therefore, they expect most stores in the Netherlands to accept Mastercard by the end of next year.
This means that your Credit card should be accepted in every Dutch store really soon. Woohoo! 🎉
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