Airtel Pushes its Airtel Money VISA Card Before Launch of Safaricom M-PESA MasterCard


Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi displays the Airtel Money Premier VISA card Last year, Airtel partnered with Chase Bank to launch its Money VISA card launched last year to allow easy access funds 24 hours a day, bringing new point-of-sale and ATM transaction options to users.

The debit card can be used in supermarkets, petrol stations and restaurants locally and internationally but the firm has been so silent about the product until media reports about a planned launch of Safaricom’s M-PESA MasterCard which will be linked to M-PESA to allow users enjoy their cash anytime.

With competing products, the customers becomes king and users can either choose the Airtel Money VISA card or the Safaricom M-PESA Mastercard. We don’t have much details about the M-PESA Mastercard yet but we think the debit will be available at all Safaricom shops and agent network.

The Airtel Money Visacard is free as long as one is registered for Airtel Money.  It may be obtained by filling a form at any Chase Bank branch or Airtel Money outlet, and attaching a copy of one’s ID card or passport. Alternatively, one may order the card from their Airtel line via USSD by dialing 2223#.