x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Private jet happy landings with this card

Standard Chartered introduced the "absolutely everything card" this week, promising it will be the country's most exclusive credit card yet.

Standard Chartered introduced the "absolutely everything card" this week, promising it will be the country's most exclusive credit card yet.

The Visa Infinite Credit Card, with an interest rate of 2.99 per cent per month, comes with a concierge service carrying out tasks as simple as paying the electricity bill or as excessive as booking a private jet.

There is also unlimited limousine and Marhaba Meet and Greet services at Dubai International Airport as well as access to all StanChart partner lounges.

Reward points built up on the card can be exchanged for flights with leading airlines including Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Virgin Airlines.

A 50 per cent discount on cinema tickets, restaurants and at high-end retailers is also thrown in along with access to several golf clubs.

The card, available to those earning a minimum of Dh35,000, charges an annual fee of Dh1,500 and a joining fee of Dh1,000. Those who sign up can also choose between a free iPhone 5 or 50,000 reward points.


Emirates NBD launched its Rewards & Beyond privileges programme this week aimed at small and medium enterprises.

Linked to the bank's Rewards & Beyond loyalty card, the programme offers savings and benefits on a range of services within four main categories: business services, which includes cleaning, IT and healthware; operations relates to printing, stationery, and car rentals and business development and entertainment relates to golf club suppliers, magazines, dining options and business centres. Finally, learning & consultancy offers savings on business consultancy courses and advice.


Barclays' Visa Platinum Card is offering new joiners 25,000 Barclaycard points if they spend Dh1,000 in the first 60 days.

Reward points, which customers earn on every Dh1 spent on their card, can be exchanged for flights or shopping vouchers for several malls including BurJuman Centre in Dubai, Sahara Centre in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi Mall.

The offer, which expires on September 30, also includes 0 per cent interest on balance transfers for the first six months, 0 per cent payment plans for electronics, home furnishings and jewellery and dining offers. The card requires a minimum salary of Dh8,000 and does not charge an annual fee.


If you do get a new credit card, you'll need somewhere to flash it.

Ikea is there to help. The worldwide leader in Allen keys has announced the start of its annual part sale - as in parting with your money - at its two UAE stores, one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi.

The chain's website, ikeauae.com, shows several of the items on sale, such as the Nackten bath mat for Dh4.

The sale runs through June 15.