Capital FM (Nairobi)

29 November 2012

Kenya: KQ, Barclays Unveil Msafiri Visa Credit Card

Kenya Airways and Barclays Bank of Kenya have partnered to re-launch a co-branded credit card dubbed KQ Msafiri Visa Credit Card. The card holders will benefit by earning miles on any purchase at Visa points of sale worldwide. The miles will be redeemed for a world of travel rewards on Kenya Airways flights.

Under the partnership, cardholders are entitled to an array of benefits that include: free travel insurance worth up to $56,500 (Sh4.9 million) annually, priorities check-in and boarding at airports and seasonal discounted fares and holiday packages.

They will also get free SMS alerts on all card purchases and payments, monthly e-statements, Visa Platinum benefits including Global Customer Assistance, purchase and warrant protection of up to $20,000 (Sh1.7 million) per year, exclusive Visa hotel offers and more reward packages.

In addition to this, the cardholders can redeem the earned points for free KQ tickets and class of travel upgrade to various destinations. No joining fees for the card apply.

"Kenya Airways recognises the need for value addition to its customers and the partnership with Barclays Bank of Kenya and Visa will ensure that our travellers enjoy the immense opportunities that it provides. Through this partnership, we will reward our customers by ensuring they make the very most out of their everyday purchases to earn Kenya Airways miles for award flights or upgrades," Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni said at the launch.

Barclays Bank of Kenya Managing Director Adan Mohamed said given the busy lifestyles of their customers the bank is constantly thinking of quick turnaround solutions that respond to their changing needs.

"We at Barclays Bank of Kenya are delighted to partner with Kenya Airways and Visa to offer an innovative and a reward-packed credit card to our customers. I attest that this solution will be of great value to our esteemed customers who are frequent flyers. At Barclays, we strive to provide world class banking services evident in our broad gamut of superior products and services. We are taking a strategic relationship with Kenya Airways where we can offer our customers the combined power of world-class airline and the leading global financial powerhouse."

The card will enable holders to earn 3,000 bonus air miles on successful application and first use of the card within 30 days of application.

Card users will also earn one air mile every time they spend Sh100 at any Kenya KQ sales shops or Sh200 at any point of sale that accepts Visa cards both locally and internationally.

"The introduction of the KQ Msafiri Visa Card brings unparalleled global and local privileges tailored to the needs of Kenyans. Visa has many cardholders in Kenya and we are confident the new Msafiri card will be well received and valued as the payment card of choice both when travelling near and far and for every day purchases at home," Visa Country Manager for Southern and East Africa Jabu Basopo said during the function.

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