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Just before Christmas, we introduced you to the MasterCard Priceless Africa Program which offers an exclusive collection of experiences designed for cardholders around South Africa.

MasterCard have now developed an app which can:

  • Find offers around you on the go, locally and regionally
  • Maintain access to your vouchers wallet at all times and locations
  • Redeem the offers and experiences you like directly from within the app
  • Manage your profile and keep it synced on both the app and the website
  • Receive reminders about your offers and when they are due to expire

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The app can be downloaded from Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mastercard.priceless.africa&hl=en) or even iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/priceless-africa/id696951321?mt=8).

Go ahead and continue spoiling yourself…

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Today we’d like to share with you an awesome infographic we produced about shopping centre gift card statistics. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The average spend per shopping centre gift card is R268
  • The average load onto a gift card is R493
  • The ratio of gift card spend to shopping centre size is R144 per m²
  • Gauteng has the highest average gift card load with R673 per card, followed by KZN on R508 & Western Cape on R414

Have a look at the rest of the statistics below…

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Today we take a look at the AwardsCard™ by the Achievement Awards Group. This card is aimed at fulfilling employee rewards and can be used for driving sales, motivating channels and improving customer care.

Used to drive performance, this card has 3 different options available:

  • The Single Load – a disposable card for once-off gifts; it can be loaded with any amount and be used for birthdays, thank you gifts or achievement recognition
  • The Reloadable – reward values are loaded into the AwardsBank account each month, to drive continuous improvement and keep employees motivated
  • The Reloadable with online awards catalogue – the only incentive card in South Africa that offers dual currency: shop online from our Awards Catalogue, or use at almost any retail outlet that supports MasterCard™

Pro’s:

  • Cardholders can shop via their online catalogue of awards
  • The AwardsCard™ can be used anywhere in South Africa where MasterCard is accepted i.e. anywhere where a MasterCard point of sale (POS) device is available
  • Is re-loadable so you can continue to load money onto the card for a cardholder until the card expires
  • Issued by Standard Bank, processed by Tutuka, and with backing by MasterCard, the card is reliable, safe and an easy-to-use product

The benefits of an AwardsCard™ include:

  • A variety of card options to suit your requirements, including once-off use or on-going rewards
  • Card orders and processing is done in just 3 days, with online and telephonic orders available
  • Full management by Achievement Awards Group, including everything from transaction history to account balances, monthly reports and delivery
  • Flexible shopping options, from the online Awards Catalogue to over 200 000 MasterCard™ approved outlets in South Africa;
  • Rewards employee performance, channel partners, sales performance or even customer loyalty
  • All client queries and support are handled by dedicated account managers, with 24/7 support via the web or self-service helpline

http://www.awardscard.co.za/

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The Edenred Compliments gift card has been used in the South African market for reward and recognition, loyalty and motivation solutions. The solution is used to motivate and incentivise staff, sales teams, distribution channels and even clients and partners.

The cards can be used anywhere in South Africa where MasterCard is accepted and carries no transaction fees for the cardholder. For promotional purposes the card can be customised to reflect your brand by adding your company logo or name – or even the name of the loyalty program you are running – onto the gift card

The cards are re-loadable so you can continue to load money onto the card until the card expires and the card is valid for three years in accordance with the Consumer Protection Act (CPA)

Allows you to replace any cash incentive (whether a reward or incentive) with a safe and convenient Compliments gift card

This is a truly great way to help reward the people that deserve recognition with a minimum value of R50 and a maximum value of R5000 per card.

Sample WhitePro’s:

  • The Compliments card can be used anywhere in South Africa where MasterCard is accepted i.e. anywhere where a MasterCard point of sale (POS) device is available
  • No transaction fees for the cardholder. Cardholders can spend the full value on the card i.e. the value on the card is the value that can be spent
  • Is re-loadable so you can continue to load money onto the card until the card expires
  • Cards can be branded, to reflect a company’s logo
  • Issued by Standard Bank, processed by Tutuka, and with backing by MasterCard, the card is reliable, safe, and an easy-to-use product

The benefits of a Compliments card include:

  • Employee rewards and incentives are paid out onto an easy-to-use card
  • The cards are supported by a dedicated call centre to assist you, and card holders, with queries and dedicated customer support.
  • Is backed by MasterCard and Standard Bank, giving you added piece of mind and security

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Known as one of the oldest and trusted motoring and traveling service house in South Africa, AA (automobile association) is now giving current and new clients an opportunity to win with AA.

You can now shop at one of the largest retailers in the country, with one of 150 gift cards with R500 loaded on each one.

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The competition will close on 16th March (there are only a few days left). It is open to all South Africans who use the services that the AA offer. You can stand a chance of winning a voucher from AA by doing one of the following:

Partnering with Makro, a large retailer/wholesaler of consumer goods, AA aims to offer clients something back for completing any of the processes above. These gift cards can be used at any Makro countrywide, and does not have any restrictions on the type of goods that it is used to purchase.

The winners will be drawn on 7th April, and all terms and conditions can be found on the competitions page of the AA website.

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We usually see rewards programmes being issued for the everyday consumer. Benefits on swiping your card here, there and in return receive a portion back on your spend etc. A segment of our country which could also benefit from a rewards programme is students. 4real rewards have created a card that targets students and tertiary institutions, who can benefit from a range of different services if signed up to the rewards programme.

A student who has one of these cards, can present the card at the 4real retail network, which all have different discount structures to 4real card holders. When a card is swiped, a discount value is split 50/50 between the cardholder and the student’s tertiary institution who signs up with 4real rewards.

Some of the benefits of the 4real rewards card include:

  • Usage as a student card
  • Discounts at retail partner stores
  • Benefit’s structures for students
  • Access to discounted airtime

4real rewards, takes a rewards platform to a market that will benefit every day from discounts at retail stores, discounted airtime from mobile app’s, and a host of future benefits for students. Making money go further is always a key factor for students, this could be a rewards card that students can incorporate into their daily spending to gain great rewards from. 4real aims to assist the education sector with further benefits from student funding to even low price insurance. You can have a look at their offering here.

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I am one of those people who are a bit sceptical about getting a credit card. Yes, they may be useful for purchasing online, for booking flights, which honestly is probably the only reason I would consider getting one. However, my fear in getting a credit card comes from the idea that I would overspend, maxing out my card especially knowing that I can rely on it as my emergency cash float when times are a little dry financially.

That’s where products like the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card comes in handy, now I am able to shop online, book my flights and fulfill all my online purchasing needs with this one virtual card, without the concern of getting swipe happy with my credit card

Developed by Triloq Payment Services, a World of Avatar company and issued by Standard Bank in association with MasterCard, the system was created to remove barriers for would-be online shoppers and to increase online sales across the board and is designed for online shopping use only.

Registration for the virtual card is pretty straight forward and is open to any South African with a valid ID number. You can register on the 1-2-Pay-Online website in order to create and use the virtual prepaid cards. Online shopping demands the highest level of security and therefore the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual prepaid card created may only be used once, on any websites accepting VISA or MasterCard. Any funds left over are returned to the user profile. Should you wish to shop online again just create another virtual prepaid card, it’s as easy as that.

With no lengthy application forms, no credit checks, no annual fees, no interest charges or any other hidden fees you simply pay as you go.

As simple as that, music and movie enthusiasts can now pay for their favourite tracks and videos on iTunes using the virtual card and can even skip the queues when paying for E-Toll bills. Just like that, the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card is making payments and shopping that much simpler and so much more convenient.

The value of cards you may create is dependent on whether or not you have been FICA verified by 1-2-Pay-Online, all for your safety and security. A non-FICA verified user can create cards up to maximum value of R200. If you are a FICA verified user then you may create cards up to a value of R1500.

To pay for your E-Toll bill, for example, you would then register for and load your 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card with the relevant amount, log on to the E-Toll website and click on online payments under their ‘payment options’ tab, log in and pay for your bills using  your virtual card like you would with a credit card.

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Each virtual card you create will have a unique 16-digit card number, expiry date and security number (usually referred to as the CVV/CVC or “last three digits” on the back of the card).

The great thing about this virtual card is that, even when you have loaded too much money on your card, the remaining balance will then be credited to your 1-2-Pay-Online profile, for you to use the next time you  register for a card.

Now there’s no more worry about overspend, with 1-2-Pay-Online, online shopping is as easy as 1-2 -(3)!