Credit card services trailblazers Mastercard, revealed a new feature which lets its users open, manage and pay off their tabs at partnership bars and pubs – entirely though their smartphones.

It’s called “The Open Tab Feature” and it will serve as an upgrade to Mastercard’s current Qkr payment service, in a bid to improve customer services from the bar owners perspective, and also to save their customers precious time.

Speaking on why the new feature was necessary – Betty DeVita, the head of Mastercard’s Qkr system said: “We heard from so many bars and pubs who always have a number of credit cards left at the end of the evening, and we thought, we know how to address this!”

Forget about leaving your driver’s license and credit card behind the cash register, this is the new way forward.

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