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maestro card

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maestro card

hi arriving from the uk on the 18th febuary-would we be ok to use a maestro card-or should we use a credit card ?thanks

Wol
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I didn't think that Maestro existed anymore? If you mean Visa Debit then that is fine but the hotels will want a credit card when checking in.

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Totally agreee with Wol - Maestro has died off in the UK, and most banks converted over to Visa Debit.

There are a few banks in the UK that offer Mastercard Debit as well, so I'd double check your card to ensure you know exactly what you have.

In the United Kingdom, the former Switch debit card system was re-branded as Maestro. Underneath the branding, however, the system was still the old Switch one and the cards were still fundamentally Switch. In 2011, MasterCard aligned UK Domestic Maestro (the former Switch) with the standard international Maestro proposition, ending its status as a separate card scheme. This change also led to the discontinuation of the Solo card. [1]

In January 2009 First Direct and HSBC discontinued the use of Maestro card, issuing Visa Debit cards to new customers and a gradual roll-out throughout 2009 to existing customers. In September of the same year, the British arms of the National Australia Bank, being the Clydesdale Bank and the Yorkshire Bank, started the process of replacing the Maestro card with a Debit MasterCard for their current accounts, except for the Readycash and Student accounts, for which the Maestro card continues to be issued.

Likewise, in the same month the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (Europe's largest debit card issuer which includes the NatWest, Coutts and Ulster Bank brands) switched from Maestro to Visa Debit, a process that will take two years to complete.[3][4][5] This effectively means that practically no UK banks will be issuing Maestro cards, except in Northern Ireland.

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Just came across a client with a Maestro card? He wasnt able to use it as our machine wouldnt take it. Why do they still have them??

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