New BA Card Launched in SA

The new British Airways Credit Card launched in Johannesburg today, now offers consumers exceptional benefits with the best Avios earn rate in South Africa.

The card is tailored to meet the needs of frequent flyers, who will earn Avios at a preferential rate on all purchases on their credit card. It is designed to reward customers by giving them Avios every time they swipe their credit card. Avios can be used towards reward flights on premium airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas and other oneworld alliance airlines. Avios can also be used for car hire and hotel bookings.

“The British Airways Credit Card offers the quickest and easiest way to earn Avios, the currency of the British Airways Executive Club Frequent Flyer Programme,” says Arrie Rautenbach, Absa Head of Retail Banking. “Other exceptional benefits of the new credit card include, the best Avios earn rate, points that don’t expire as long as customers remain active, flying privileges and status, and world-class customer service.’

“If you are a frequent traveller, then this is the credit card for you. It is your passport to global acceptance, giving you access to World MasterCard Rewards travel benefits and privileges,” says Rautenbach.

World MasterCard Rewards provides access to a range of priceless travel and lifestyle experiences and offers, from culinary adventures to teeing off at renowned golf courses from around the globe,” says Philip Panaino, Division President, MasterCard, South Africa .

“We are delighted to launch this new partnership with Absa” says Nick Pilbeam, Director of New Markets and Business Development for Avios Group (Ltd) Limited. “We strive to bring our cardholders value for money and we are confident that the generous launch offers and opportunities to collect double Avios will be well received.”

There are also a number of additional benefits, such as Priority Check-in for all cardholders, spend tier bonuses such as lounge access, 10% Avios back on redemption of domestic and regional flights, as well as Companion and Cabin upgrade vouchers.

New cardholders can collect up to 9 000 bonus Avios – enough for a return reward flight on British Airways (plus a R700 Reward Flight Saver fee*), departing from Johannesburg to destinations such as Durban, Harare, Livingstone or Port Elizabeth. As a first spend bonus, customers collect 5 000 Avios on their first swipe regardless of the amount. Customers spending R24 000 within the first three months of taking out the card will earn an additional 4 000 Avios

With the best Avios earn rate card holders will earn 1 Avios for every R7.50 spent on the card and will benefit from a preferential earn rate of earning 1 Avios for every R5 spent at British Airways, Pick n Pay and BP.

Over and above this, a special launch offer enables cardholders to earn double Avios on all of their spend until 31 July 2014.

British Airways Executive Club membership is free of charge, and all successful applicants for a British Airways Credit Card are automatically enrolled as members. Customers get rewarded for spending on their British Airways Credit Card with exclusive World MasterCard Rewards travel benefits and privileges.

To apply for the British Airways Credit Card, applicants need to have a minimum monthly income of R8 000, a valid ID and proof of residence, and they must be older than 18 years.

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