Airtel Money Card Comes Back to Life in Kenya With Emphasis on Online Payments

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In 2014, Airtel Kenya partnered with Chase Bank and Visa in launching a prepaid debit card called Airtel Money Visa Card. The card allows customers to withdraw cash from any Visa or Kenswitch ATM and importantly the card  mirrors the customer’s personal Airtel Money account. This means whatever balance the customer has on his personal Airtel money account, is equivalent to how much he has on the Airtel Money card.

Earlier this year, Chase Bank which was one of the partners on the project faced financial headwinds which saw the bank come near collapse. The events of the bank had adverse effects not only on customers and the entire financial sector but also on already established partnerships. The Airtel Money Visa Card was one of the affected services by these events. Customers could not access the core functionalities of the card such as withdrawals from ATMs or even making payments.


The telco has today announced that the card is back and as such customers can go ahead and continue using it. Airtel Kenya has also announced that customers can further make online payments using the card including airline ticket purchases, bookings or online donations. The announcement comes on the back of an announcement by Airtel Kenya’s rival Safaricom that the firm will soon launch a Lipa na M-Pesa card that will also mirror a user’s M-Pesa account. The card will however not have the capability to make online payments.


The Airtel Money Visa Card is available for free to Airtel Money customers. Airtel Money customers can obtain the card by filling a form at any Airtel Shop in Kenya, and attaching a copy of their ID card or passport. The card is then processed in a few minutes and you are free to use it. Customers can also order for the Airtel VISA Card from their Airtel line via USSD by dialing *222*3#. Cash withdrawal charges using the card at ATM’s range from Kshs.30 to Kshs.50 and Kshs. 250 internationally.

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  1. The airtel visa card was a great idea the only problem was that I was not able to use it for online shopping despite it being a visa card. That problem is similar to the nakumatt global card where one cannot use it for online shopping. These companies don’t understand that it is hard to get the customers to use a different cards every time they need to pay. I hope safaricom tries to allow online shopping with its card otherwise it is another limited functionality card in our pockets adding to the uchumi card, tuskys card, nakumaatt global, airtel money card and the tone of bus transit cards.


    • Yep,too many cards….ID card,library cards,gift cards…..part of Mpesa’s popularity is due to is wide application and ease of use.If all these new cards offer nothing new to the existing ones,none of them will succeed just like the alternatives to Mpesa as of today

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