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Going Dutch: bunq adds bill sharing and loyalty card features in latest update

Users can also see where their friends have used their bunq cards and add loyalty cards from more than 500 stores.

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Dutch digital bank bunq has added a host of new features to its app in its latest update, including a new ‘Friends’ tab and the ability to add loyalty cards to an account.

Bunq is also taking a leaf out of fellow fintech Curve’s book and has upgraded its app to include loyalty cards.

From today, customers can add their loyalty cards from over 500 different stores to their bunq apps and also create a widget to add the loyalty card to their home screens, negating the need to even unlock their phone to use it.

As part of Update 16, users can now see which of their friends also have a bunq account in the brand new ‘Friends’ section on the app and even see where they have been spending their money.

Users will be able to open up ‘activities’ with their friends to ensure that everybody pays their fair share to help avoid the awkward conversation about how to split the bill.

‘Bunqers’ will also be able to see exactly where their friends on the app are spending their money, a feature that is helpful if you’re in a new city or just looking for a recommendation.

In the posted to the bank’s YouTube channel last night, bunq’s head of product Michael Brackpool explained: “‘Places’ makes it incredibly easy to discover all the places that you’ve been to previously and those of your friends.”

“If like me you’ve never been to Rotterdam before, it’s really easy to find a restaurant or somewhere to go for a drink.”

Users can also see how much they’ve previously spent at the locations, opening times and get directions all via the bunq app.

Bunq’s Easy Green customers, the premium plan that helps users become CO2 free in two years, can also select their ‘Bestie’ in the latest update and plant a tree for every €100 spent on their bunq cards, also helping them to be carbon neutral in two years.

To date, bunq has helped its users plant 2.1m trees, with plans to 10m by the end of 2021. 

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