Virtual cards: a seamless way to manage your business expenses

Make the most of Qonto's business payment cards. Virtual cards are available for all of our account packages. Discover the benefits of virtual cards and how they can help you manage your teams' expenses.

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Order virtual cards for your employees

With Qonto, you can order both physical and virtual cards. Having the choice of payment methods optimizes your business expense management, team by team or employee by employee.

Order a range of virtual payment cards and share them amongst your employees to reward them with more autonomy.

Virtual cards are an effective way of managing your company's various budgets.

Customize your card limits

Set spending limits in real time for each of the Mastercards you order. Qonto cards are not pre-paid cards so you won't need to re-credit your accounts each time.

You want to keep control? With Qonto, you can receive a notification with each expense request and approve it remotely and immediately. You can modify your limits whenever you want.

Enjoy virtual cards that are perfectly secure

Reduced risk of loss or theft of your cards: virtual cards can only be accessed via your Qonto account.

Block/unblock your card in an instant: if you suspect fraud or improper use of your card, block it straight from the app.

Benefit from 3D-Secure technology: all of your online payments are made safe thanks to 3D-Secure.

Change card settings in real time: change the limits of each virtual card with a simple click or a tap.

Use Apple Pay and Google Pay with your Qonto cards for all your online payments

Apple Pay and Google Pay are simple, fast and secure means of payment.

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How do I set up a virtual Mastercard?

Choose the type of card you want and provide the name of its future user.

Open an account
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Customize your virtual card

Define your PIN code

02

Enter the approval code

You'll receive this by SMS

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Your card is active

You can now make the most of your virtual card!

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The advantages of a virtual Mastercard

An in-demand payment method for businesses

Tighter security

Greater peace of mind

More and more companies are issuing virtual banking cards to their employees. This allows business owners to set payment limits for each card and monitor accounts more easily.

Virtual accounts provide companies with all the modern tools they need to manage their finances, including the possibility to check balances from anywhere at any time. Some companies use the account as a way of simplifying the approval and recording of expense receipts. This solution makes it easier to trace expenses and store receipts without cluttering you desk with slips of paper.

Qonto offers all the benefits of a business account that’s completely online. Virtual cards give your teams greater freedom and autonomy, while you get to keep control of your company’s overall expenses.

The rise of cybercrime has prompted many trading sites to turn to the 3D-Secure system. However, threats still exist, including the ever-more prevalent tactic of phishing.

Fortunately, virtual bank cards are something of a game-changer in this respect, as they offer increased levels of security to account holders. For example, the limits for each payment method and virtual card can be defined in advance.

With Qonto, you can change the limit of each of you cards whenever you wish. Get a notification as soon as an expense is requested and keep the control of your finances at your fingertips.

This solution significantly reduces the risk of you having your money stolen because someone has accessed your bank details online. If necessary, you can block your virtual bank card immediately if you suspect any fraud or improper use.

The digital world can leave users exposed to card fraud. It’s all-too easy to misplace or lose a physical bank card, and that risk is multiplied when a company has a fleet of cards for its employees.

You’re usually advised to cancel a bank card if you lose it or suspect it’s been stolen. Qonto can help you avoid this inconvenience by giving you the chance to block a card if you think it’s lost and then unblock it again if you find it.

Virtual cards come with more peace of mind for their users. A misplaced card is no longer such a drama and you’re far less exposed to the threat of fraud.

The advantages of a virtual Mastercard

An in-demand payment method for businesses

More and more companies are issuing virtual banking cards to their employees. This allows business owners to set payment limits for each card and monitor accounts more easily.

Virtual accounts provide companies with all the modern tools they need to manage their finances, including the possibility to check balances from anywhere at any time. Some companies use the account as a way of simplifying the approval and recording of expense receipts. This solution makes it easier to trace expenses and store receipts without cluttering you desk with slips of paper.

Qonto offers all the benefits of a business account that’s completely online. Virtual cards give your teams greater freedom and autonomy, while you get to keep control of your company’s overall expenses.

Tighter security

The rise of cybercrime has prompted many trading sites to turn to the 3D-Secure system. However, threats still exist, including the ever-more prevalent tactic of phishing.

Fortunately, virtual bank cards are something of a game-changer in this respect, as they offer increased levels of security to account holders. For example, the limits for each payment method and virtual card can be defined in advance.

With Qonto, you can change the limit of each of you cards whenever you wish. Get a notification as soon as an expense is requested and keep the control of your finances at your fingertips.

This solution significantly reduces the risk of you having your money stolen because someone has accessed your bank details online. If necessary, you can block your virtual bank card immediately if you suspect any fraud or improper use.

Greater peace of mind

The digital world can leave users exposed to card fraud. It’s all-too easy to misplace or lose a physical bank card, and that risk is multiplied when a company has a fleet of cards for its employees.

You’re usually advised to cancel a bank card if you lose it or suspect it’s been stolen. Qonto can help you avoid this inconvenience by giving you the chance to block a card if you think it’s lost and then unblock it again if you find it.

Virtual cards come with more peace of mind for their users. A misplaced card is no longer such a drama and you’re far less exposed to the threat of fraud.

Physical or virtual cards to suit all needs

One Card

Plus Card

X Card

Monthly fee (not included in the subscription)

€5 excl. VAT

€6 excl. VAT

€20 excl. VAT

Card payment limits

per calendar month

€20,000

€40,000

€60,000

ATM withdrawal limits

per calendar month

€1,000

€2,000

€3,000

ATM withdrawals included

Then €1 excl. VAT per withdrawal

0

5

Unlimited

Foreign exchange commission on non-euro card payments

per transaction

2 %

1 %

Free

Conciergerie

Benefit from a personal assistant who answers all your requests 7 days a week.

Right of access to airport lounges

Enjoy access to more than 1100 lounges worldwide and turn your time at the airport into a relaxing moment.

Insurance and assistance Mastercard

All our Qonto cards, virtual and physical, provide you with Mastercard insurance and assistance. Levels of coverage vary depending on the card you have (One, Plus or X).

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Business Classic

Business Advanced

Business Exclusive

Additional card printing and delivery fee

€ 6 excl. VAT

€6 excl. VAT

€6 excl. VAT

One Card
Plus Card
X Card
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One Card

Monthly fee (not included in the subscription)

€5 excl. VAT

Card payment limits

per calendar month

€20,000

ATM withdrawal limits

per calendar month

€1,000

ATM withdrawals included

Then €1 excl. VAT per withdrawal

0

Foreign exchange commission on non-euro card payments

per transaction

2 %

Conciergerie

Benefit from a personal assistant who answers all your requests 7 days a week.

Right of access to airport lounges

Enjoy access to more than 1100 lounges worldwide and turn your time at the airport into a relaxing moment.

Insurance and assistance Mastercard

All our Qonto cards, virtual and physical, provide you with Mastercard insurance and assistance. Levels of coverage vary depending on the card you have (One, Plus or X).

Compare insurances

Business Classic

Additional card printing and delivery fee

€ 6 excl. VAT

Plus Card

Monthly fee (not included in the subscription)

€6 excl. VAT

Card payment limits

per calendar month

€40,000

ATM withdrawal limits

per calendar month

€2,000

ATM withdrawals included

Then €1 excl. VAT per withdrawal

5

Foreign exchange commission on non-euro card payments

per transaction

1 %

Conciergerie

Benefit from a personal assistant who answers all your requests 7 days a week.

Right of access to airport lounges

Enjoy access to more than 1100 lounges worldwide and turn your time at the airport into a relaxing moment.

Insurance and assistance Mastercard

All our Qonto cards, virtual and physical, provide you with Mastercard insurance and assistance. Levels of coverage vary depending on the card you have (One, Plus or X).

Compare insurances

Business Advanced

Additional card printing and delivery fee

€6 excl. VAT

X Card

Monthly fee (not included in the subscription)

€20 excl. VAT

Card payment limits

per calendar month

€60,000

ATM withdrawal limits

per calendar month

€3,000

ATM withdrawals included

Then €1 excl. VAT per withdrawal

Unlimited

Foreign exchange commission on non-euro card payments

per transaction

Free

Conciergerie

Benefit from a personal assistant who answers all your requests 7 days a week.

Right of access to airport lounges

Enjoy access to more than 1100 lounges worldwide and turn your time at the airport into a relaxing moment.

Insurance and assistance Mastercard

All our Qonto cards, virtual and physical, provide you with Mastercard insurance and assistance. Levels of coverage vary depending on the card you have (One, Plus or X).

Compare insurances

Business Exclusive

Additional card printing and delivery fee

€6 excl. VAT

Pricing applicable from 02/07/2020

Insurance and transparency

With Qonto, you get more than just an online business account. You also benefit from travel insurance and legal assistance included with each card.

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Manage your expenses with ease

A Qonto business account offers numerous features to help you manage your professional expenses.

Accounting that's connected and automated

  • Scan your receipts

  • Probative value

  • Integrate with tools compatible with Connect

Simplified expense management

  • Real-time notifications

  • Connects to Slack

  • Team finance management

FAQs about virtual cards for businesses

How does a virtual card work?

A virtual Mastercard is an automated means of payment. Unlike a classic bank or credit card, it is not a physical object and is reserved purely for online purchases.

It usually comes in the form of a temporary account number that the bank or card issuer provides to the customer. The account owner also receives a secret code to activate and use the virtual card. A virtual card can be used for either single-purpose or recurring use, depending on what payment settings have been configured. A virtual card can be used for any number of online purchases and expenses.

As well as using virtual cards for employees and expenses, businesses can even create virtual cards destined for the use of vendors or suppliers.

What are the different types of online bank cards?

Virtual cards are categorized according to factors such as the nature of the issuing party, the number of times it is to be used and the desired expiry date.

Virtual cards issued by banks: almost all traditional banks and finance management solutions offer virtual card options. Customers can request and receive virtual cards that, like physical cards, are attributed a card number, a Card Verification Value (CVV) and an expiry date. These numbers, codes and dates remain valid for a pre-determined period of time and the card holder can make purchases up to a pre-defined amount.

Virtual cards issued by large retailers: companies like Nespresso, Fnac, Carrefour, Etam or Decathlon offer virtual cards that are not linked to bank accounts. They can be valid for just weeks or up to a year, and designed either for single-use or recurring purchases. The retailer proposes these services in collaboration with some banks.

Virtual cards listed by multi-national e-commerce giants: some online stores have put in place their own payment methods. Amazon is among those to have launched its e-card to simplify payments on its own platform, although at time of writing this service is limited to the United States. Apple is another example of a tech multinational to have its own virtual payment card.

How do you use a virtual payment card?

Whether it’s a Mastercard or a Visa card, a virtual card is used in exactly the same way as a traditional bank card. You can find your card number in the personal section of your online bank account and, when you want to make a purchase online, provide the same bank details as would a physical payment card. The payment procedure remains the same, regardless of whether the payment card is virtual or physical.

Qonto offers both virtual and physical Mastercards with all its online business accounts. Simply choose which cards you’d like for you and your employees and order them through your online account.

You can add your virtual Mastercard to your electronic wallet to simplify business payments and expenses.

What is a single-use card or ‘e-carte bleue’?

A single use virtual card, (or e-carte bleue, as they are known in France) is a service connected to your bank card and which allows you to generate a short-lived, temporary card number when buying something online. Once the purchase is processed, the card number can never be used again. This payment method prevents your card number from being exposed on the internet and protects you from online bank fraud.

There are other protection solutions for online purchases, such as the 3D-Secure system. It is being used more and more widely and involves the card holder making a second purchase validation thanks to a code sent to his or her mobile phone.

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