Sit back, relax and let the rewards roll in

 

Sit back, relax and let the rewards roll in

Add value to your next holiday by signing up for a privilege card

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Farhana Chowdhury

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Published: Sun 30 Jun 2019, 11:49 AM

Jetting off to visit loved ones at home or exploring new destinations during a short weekend has become the norm among residents in the UAE, so why not make the best of your trip with travel cards? Here are few tips to give you more bang for your buck:
Simple and secure 
A wayfarer's dream come true. Regardless of the country you plan to visit, carrying large amounts of cash can be a hassle, and credit cards could end up charging you far more than what you'd intended to spend. 
Cue, travel cards. Convenient, secure and simple to use, these plastic wonders let you swipe for a purchase just like a debit card, top up via mobile and online banking channels, and better yet, it lets you lock in your desired currency exchange rate, leaving no room for surprise bills at the end of the month. What also makes travel cards more appealing is that the account is not linked to your primary account and only utilises the amount designated prior to travel. 
Several banks in the UAE offer travel cards to help users keep track of expenditures abroad. These additionally come with their set of rewards such as access to airport lounges, priority check-in, complimentary cart rides, etc. 
Fantastic rewards
Who doesn't love to indulge in the perks of travel? From first-class treatment in airports to duty free shopping discounts, we all love a good deal. To help make that come true, sign up for a card that is packed with privileges relevant to your lifestyle. Different institutions offer a variety of returns to choose from. 
For a wanderlust, a frequent flyer programme is an ideal option. Every time you fly, your trip collects miles that can be redeemed for airline tickets. Adding to convenience, most of these programmes have their own mobile application that helps you track your earnings and spends. Each scheme also comes with its own set of regulations, such as the number of points earned during a certain season, expiry dates, etc. 
Access airport lounges
Unless you're an exclusive ticket holder, you're bound to wander aimlessly in airports during a layover or if you have many hours to go before your next flight. But did you know that you too can access airport lounges without having to fly business class? 
Privilege cards can unlock the doors to some of the best lounges out there that are the perfect place to relax and unwind before your next departure. These cards come with different policies, however, they all provide similar rewards - giving users a chance to sink into plush couches, enjoy spa treatments, access free WiFi for all networking needs, sample complimentary food and beverages, and rejuvenate at its many shower rooms. 
Top airport lounges in the world
Plaza Premium Lounge - T2 London Heathrow Airport, UK
Centurion Lounge - New York La Guardia, US
Plaza Premium Lounge - Hong Kong Airport, Hong Kong
Centurion Lounge  - Dallas Ft Worth Airport, US
SATS Premier  - T1 Singapore Changi, Singapore
Aspire by Swissport  - T3 London Heathrow Airport, UK
Plaza Premium Lounge  - Vancouver Airport, Canada
dnata Lounge  - T1 Singapore Changi, Singapore
Centurion Lounge  - Las Vegas Airport, US
Plaza Premium Lounge - Brisbane Airport, Australia
Courtesy: Skytrax World Airline Awards
 - farhana@khaleejtimes.com



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