Card Declined or Not Working

Sorry to hear you've hit a speed bump while using your Bento card. If your card isn't working or was declined when you tried to complete a transaction, there are a handful of reasons this could have happened: 

  • Your card has not yet been activated: Your Bento card needs to be activated before it can be used. For instructions on how to activate your card, please see Activating Your Bento Card. Once your Bento card has been activated, you’ll immediately be able to start using it.
  • Transaction total is over your spend limit:  Since a spend limit can be set for each card, if a cardholder attempts a transaction that is over the set limit on the card, the transaction will be declined. Spend limits can be adjusted online by the business owner or an administrator on the Card Controls for the card.
  • Merchant is not in an approved spend category: Business owners and Admins can specify allowed spend categories for a card. If a card is used at a merchant that falls outside of an approved spend category, the transaction will be declined. Spend categories can be set online by the business owner or administrator from the Card Controls for the card on the Cards page. To learn more about declines due to spend category limits, please see Spend Categories. 
  • Not enough funds in the account: If the transaction total exceeds the account balance at the time of the transaction, the purchase will be declined. When this happens, the business owner will be alerted that the funds in the account are low. If you’re an employee, we recommend also reaching out to your employer if this occurs.
  • Card has been suspended: The business owner and Admins has the ability to temporarily turn Off and On the card manually or by setting day of the week limits for when the card can be used. If the card has been turned Off, it is considered deactivated, and any transactions attempted on the card will be declined.  Please have the business owner log into their Bento account to check if the card has been turned Off or if any day of the week limits have been set.
  • Card has been demagnetized: If nothing happens when your Bento card is swiped, it’s likely that the card has been demagnetized. Give us a call and we’ll send you a replacement, free of charge.
  • Incorrect Billing Address: When making online purchases, please make sure that the billing information matches your shipping address as it appears on your Bento Account Settings page. It is important that the street address and zip-code match or the transaction will be declined.


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