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Ever wanted to spoil someone with the perfect getaway, but you weren’t too sure on where they’d like to go?

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this, particularly because I know of quite a few people getting married soon. The one question I find is commonly asked is, “So, where are you guys planning on going for your honeymoon?”

Tradition believes that it is the responsibility of the groom, or the groom’s family to take care of the honeymoon arrangements, but what if you want to surprise your bride with a trip to somewhere she’s actually being longing to visit, but just don’t know the place?

Or even moving away from weddings, wouldn’t a great Christmas, birthday or even anniversary gift be a nice travel getaway to destination of choice for whoever you may be surprising?

Flight Centre has found a solution to this almost ‘travel trivia’, if I could call it that. The Flight Centre gift card has become the perfect answer to all your travel decision making dilemmas.  Loadable to any amount from R100 to R20 000, choose to surprise your new bride, a friend, a family member or a loved one with a travel voucher giving them the opportunity to choose their destination of choice.

Flight Centre gift cards are now available from any of their 120 stores nationwide and can be used as partial or full payment towards flights, accommodation, packages, tours, car hire and more. The Flight Centre gift cards are also available to be redeemed at any of the Flight Centre branches.

So whether you’ve been wanting to surprise someone with a voucher towards their dream holiday to Thailand, gift someone a weekend away accommodation stay or offer them a chauffeured car hire experience and the likes, the Flight Centre gift card seems to be the perfectly packaged gift to make anyone’s travel dreams come true.

*For more about the gift card or how to purchase it, visit your nearest Flight Centre store and speak to one of their travel experts.

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We all have a desire to travel the world, explore all the amazing and breathtaking sights that’s on offer, from seeing the Eiffel Tower, to the Statue of Liberty and so much more.

Now, traveling the world has become even easier for you and as simple as a swipe away with Pick n Pay Smart Shopper points and Avios travel rewards.

Everytime you swipe your Pick n Pay Smart Shopper card at any of their retailers, earn points which you could then redeem at their Smart Shopper kiosks to spend on groceries, airtime, prepaid electricity, even use your Smart Shopper points to pay for utility bills.  Now to make things even better, as a Smart Shopper customer,  convert your Smart Shopper points into Avios and earn travel rewards.

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To enjoy this benefit, you need to be an Avios Travel Rewards Programme or British Airways Executive Club member and make sure that your Avios account is linked to your Pick n Pay Smart Shopper card and this is how:

  • Link your Smart Shopper card to either the Avios Travel Rewards Programme or the British Airways Executive Club
  • If you’ve never registered your Smart Shopper card, do so at www.picknpay.co.za where you can register right now
  • Visit a Pick n Pay kiosk to switch your Smart Shopper points to Avios
  • Get one Avios for every eight Smart Shopper points you convert
  • The registration process can take up to five days before you can visit the kiosk and switch your Smart Shopper points to Avios.
  • Your Avios will be added to your account within 10 days

To ensure that you are collecting enough Avios to book for your travel, collect more Avios when you shop at BP, Avis, Lew Geffen Sotheby’s and British Airways.

Who said that Pick n Pay only limits you to being a Smart Shopper? Now  you can be a smart traveler too and enjoy one of the many benefits of being part of the Smart Shopper programme.

MasterCard holders are in luck and can experience pure luxury with the MasterCard Priceless Africa Program, an exclusive collection of experiences especially designed for cardholders to explore unique moments in cities and places across South Africa.

Let your MasterCard reward you with priceless moments and offers as a way of thanking you for being a loyal member. Experience all your favourite activities ranging from dining to shopping, sports, having a look at some exciting attractions, travel, entertainment and much more.

Excited to explore which options I could treat myself to through the Priceless Africa Program, I registered online at www.pricelessafrica.com by filling in all my details and creating my very own profile.

Hereafter, the options were endless for me to choose from and to redeem, so I browsed through the different experiences available to me before making my choice.

After browsing through various travel and dining options, it only made sense for me to choose something that would be accessible to me in Johannesburg, so I opted for a “Buy 1 & get 1 free” offer at the Karoo Cattle and Land restaurant.

The Selcted Offer

My next step was to actually redeem my voucher by clicking on “Get Voucher” which then took me to a page instructing me what I would need to do to qualify for the special.

The Confirmation after selecting the offer

 As instructed, I redeemed my voucher by viewing and printing it, it was that simple! Now I have the voucher loaded on to my profile, allowing me to print it again, should my copy get lost or damaged. Online vouchers, such as these and similarly, SMS vouchers, are a fast growing phenomenon. From other companies and brands like Shoprite to Groupon and more, online vouchers are seemingly becoming the way forward in shopping trends.

The Voucher itself

So there you have it, I just scored a dinner, including a complimentary dinner for a partner, all thanks to MasterCard. I can now choose to spoil a family member, friend or a loved one in a range of ways through this new offering and I’m excited to explore more new MasterCard memories to come. Go all out this festive and spoil yourself with some amazing treats like these.

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As part and parcel of our weekly bank rewards programme reviews, this week’s Weview Wednesday looks at the Nedbank Greenbacks Rewards Programme. With the festive season rapidly making its way to our pockets, what better way to spend than to be rewarded for your spending? We’ve already looked at the Standard Bank U-Count Rewards; the Absa Rewards Programme, FNB eBucks and now let’s see what the Nedbank Greenbacks Programme has to offer its clients.

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How it works?

Pro’s:

  • Joining Nedbank Greenbacks Rewards is quick, easy and free
  • You can link up to 10 credit or cheque cards to this account at no additional fee and gain Nedbank Greenbacks on your accumulated spend on all cards
  • Nedbank Greenbacks never expire allowing you to save your points towards those rewards you’ve always wanted
  • The balance on your Nedbank Greenbacks account is updated on a daily basis and you will receive quarterly statements to inform you of your balance
  • Spend your Nedbank Greenbacks either on their online shop or by calling 086- 555 111 or 0860 555 222 for Nedbank Personal Relationship Banking clients or 0860 111 263 for Nedbank Private Wealth Clients and provide them with all the relevant details

Con’s:

  • If you do not spend on your Nedbank card for five months or more, your Nedbank Greenbacks account is considered dormant and you will lose those points
  • You can only apply to reopen your Nedbank Greenbacks account three months thereafter, and your forfeited Greenbacks will be reinstated in full
  • Nedbank Greenbacks are only earned on eligible card spend which excludes cash withdrawals, casino chip purchases, fuel purchases, finance and other card charges, fees or taxes levied by Nedbank or the government, the purchase of travellers cheques or other negotiable instruments, garage card transactions, budget account installments and interest, insurance premiums and internet transfers or payments

Travel just got easier

shanaazp —  October 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

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A few years ago, I went travelling across Europe as part of a Contiki tour.

Travelling to 10 different countries in 16 days, it was quite the adventure – from meeting new people to discovering new places.

As if learning the different cultures, languages and foods wasn’t enough, getting a grip of all the different currencies, including Pounds, Euro’s and Swiss Francs, was another challenge on its own.

Amidst all the up and down, the adventure and the fun, the last thing anyone would want on a holiday like this was the worry of not having enough cash, or not having enough cash in the right currency, especially while travelling to so many different countries.

Constantly having to draw cash at the ATM’s, or using my South African ATM cards to swipe, having to carry cash with me, or even having to find a Bureau de Change in every new country proved to be a shlep and often very costly. Thankfully, with the passing of time, also came the passing of older travelling trends and the introduction of new ones.

If only I knew then what I know now, I would have gone with the option of using the Standard Bank TravelWallet.

The card is a quick, easy and convenient way of paying for goods or doing transactions while anywhere abroad, providing you with peace of mind.

TravelWallet is a prepaid MasterCard that’s as simple to use as any other ATM and payment card.

Swipe your card wherever you see the MasterCard sign. You can also withdraw money at any ATM bearing the Cirrus or MasterCard logo, giving you access to your money wherever you are in the world, at any time.

The great thing about this product is that it is available in Euros, US Dollars, Pound Sterling and Australian dollars and no matter which currency you get your card issued in, it works across currencies and you can draw money in the currency of the country that you are visiting.

If you thought things couldn’t get any better, think again because the Standard Bank TravelWallet also allows you to keep track of your account and ensures that you are notified every time you use your card by registering to get an SMS, alerting you of your card usage. With this product, you can also have access to a free online statement.  For more on these services, visit www.standardbank.co.za/travelwallet and click on TravelWallet account status.

TravelWallet have covered all their bases to ensure that your money is safe. So even though losing or having your card stolen could be a problem, your card can be stopped and replaced as soon as you have reported it by calling their lost card call centre on 0800 020 600 from South Africa or +27 11 299 4114 while abroad.

You also have the guarantee of a  fixed interest exchange rate if you use the card in the same currency as that loaded on your card and even if you run out of money while abroad, your TravelWallet card can easily be topped up.  As a keen traveller, all you need to do is make your way to a Standard Bank foreign exchange outlet before you leave on your trip where you can arrange all your necessities and fill out an application form.

Get a TravelWallet and enjoy the safer and most convenient way of paying abroad. Now you can concentrate more on planning your trip and travelling the world, cutting out any unnecessary stress. The TravelWallet will definitely be the answer to my cash crisis during future travels.

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