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Top 50 Privilege, Loyalty & Benefit Cards & Programs

Privilege & Benefit Card News & Resources (10) Top 50 Privilege & Benefit Cards & Programs

"What men value in this world is not rights but privileges." - H.L. Mencken.

Do you frequent a particular mall or restaurant? Do you have a favourite airline carrier that you like flying with? If you do, you are a prime candidate for a privilege or loyalty card offered by retail vendors, airlines, hotel groups, restaurant chains, hospitality companies, banks, and more.

A PRIVILEGE CARD gives its bearer some sort of special benefit. It may include getting a discount on an item or being able to go the front of the line in some stores or other organizations.

A FREQUENT-FLYER PROGRAM (FFP) is a loyalty program offered by many airlines. Typically, airline customers enrolled in the program accumulate frequent-flyer miles (kilometers, points, segments) corresponding to the distance flown on that airline or its partners. There are other ways to accumulate miles. In recent years, more miles were awarded for using co-branded credit and debit cards than for air travel. Acquired miles can be redeemed for air travel; for other goods or services; or for increased benefits, such as travel class upgrades, airport lounge access, or priority bookings.

LOYALTY PROGRAMS are structured marketing efforts that reward, and therefore encourage, loyal buying behavior – behavior which is potentially beneficial to the firm.

In marketing generally and in retailing more specifically, a loyalty card, rewards card, points card, advantage card, or club card is a plastic or paper card, visually similar to a credit card or debit card, that identifies the card holder as a member in a loyalty program. Loyalty cards are a system of the loyalty business model. In the United Kingdom it is typically called a loyalty card, in Canada a rewards card or a points card, and in the United States either a discount card, a club card or a rewards card. Cards typically have a barcode or magstripe that can be easily scanned, and some are even chip cards. Small keyring cards (also known as keytags) which serve as key fobs are often used for convenience in carrying and ease of access. By presenting the card, the purchaser is typically entitled to either a discount on the current purchase, or an allotment of points that can be used for future purchases. Hence, the card is the visible means of implementing a type of what economists call a two-part tariff.

    Privilege, Loyalty & Benefit Card News, Reviews & Resources
  • American Airlines AAdvantage - "Frequent Flyer Miles. Travel Awards." Voted best airline affinity program in the Americas by FlyerTalk members. American also won for best airline program benefit.
  • Black Card - "The World Awaits." Visa credit card that allows its members access to various luxuries and rewards. Holders of the card receive such benefits as cashback bonuses, worldwide acceptance, a 24-hour concierge service and gifts. The concierge service offers a wide variety of services including entertainment planning, business services, gift arrangement, travel information and assistance.
  • British Airways Executive Club - "Seven million Members know the benefits of belonging." Joining the Executive Club is free for everyone and the benefits start the minute you become a Member. You can collect Avios, the Club’s currency, every time you travel with us and our oneworld airline partners.
  • CENTURION CARD - known informally as the Black Card, is an invitation only charge card issued by American Express to platinum card holders after they meet certain criteria. American Express introduced the Centurion Card in 1999 to cater to a more affluent customer segment. There are two different issues of the Centurion Card, personal and business. The company's promotional material describes centurion members as "super-affluent high net worth individuals on a continual quest for the best and most exclusive. They own companies and frequently travel. Exceptionally discerning and style-conscious, they live vicariously through themselves. Centurion members are global players who gain truly worldwide access to the inaccessible."
  • CHASE ULTIMATE REWARDS - "You'll earn points every time you make a purchase with your Chase card. Points that never expire, and with no limit to the points you can earn or redeem. Use your points for merchandise, gift cards, restriction free travel, exciting experiences and even cash back."
  • Choice Privileges - "Earn Choice Privileges points towards hotel rewards like free nights and airline miles whenever you stay at Choice Hotels. Rewards: Free nights at more than 6,000 Choice Hotels locations (with no blackout dates) in the U.S. (including U.S. Territories), Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, China, India and Japan."
  • CITY SIGHTSEEING PASSES & CARDS - links to London, Dublin, Yorkshire, Philadelphia, Paris, Great Britain Heritage and European City passes.
  • CityPASS - launched in 1997. "Up to 50% Off combined prices for admission to must-see attractions." Available in 11 North American destinations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California and Toronto.
  • COUTTS BLACK CARD - "Black starts where others finish. A credit card with a wealth of travel benefits." The Black Card gives you the convenience that you would expect from a credit card together with worldwide travel insurance benefits, car rental insurance and access to over 600 executive airport lounges.
  • CREDIT CARDS AUSTRALIA - compare & apply for a credit card online.
  • Delta Privilege - "Once you become a member, you are well on your way to enjoying the rewards of Gold, Platinum or Platinum Plus+. Our aim is to turn our hotel into your hotel."
  • Delta Skymiles - "Get up in the air with Delta's frequent flyer program, Delta SkyMiles. Manage your account, earn miles and redeem reward points. Go farther."
  • ENTERTAINMENT BOOK & CARD - great savings on dining, shopping, travel, attractions & more.
  • Expedia Rewards - "Earn points and enjoy the perks!" Expedia Rewards makes free travel easy. Earn points, get special offers and travel on your own schedule. No blackout dates for all your travel. Achieve Elite status for more benefits.
  • EXPERT FLYER - "Empowering the frequent flyer." Designed to meet the needs of the frequent flyer, the airline mileage program "elite tier" passengers, professional travel managers, and the occasional air traveler looking for the best values.
  • FAIRMONT PRESIDENT'S CLUB - Fairmont Hotels & Resorts exclusive guest recognition program, Fairmont President's Club, offers special benefits and privileges designed to reflect your individual travel preferences and offer an enhanced level of service. It only takes 10 stays or 30 nights to move to Platinum status - faster than all other hotel loyalty programs.
  • FLYER TALK - the world's most popular frequent flyer community. An interactive community that provides up-to-date information on travel-related loyalty reward programs. It's the hub that brings everyone together - from leisure travelers to mileage junkies - to converse about programs, get the latest program buzz or discuss how to maximize points or miles.
  • Hilton HHonors - "A Hotel Rewards Program." As a Hilton HHonors member, you can enjoy special treatment at all our hotels and resorts. And with HHonors, you can achieve elite status faster than with any other guest loyalty program. The more you stay with us, the better it gets.
  • HYATT GOLD PASSPORT - "Join the Hyatt Gold Passport global frequent guest program and enjoy exclusive benefits and free nights at Hyatt worldwide. With Hyatt Gold Passport Membership, you can enjoy exclusive benefits and earn points towards free nights starting with your very first stay. •Earn five Hyatt Gold Passport points for every eligible dollar spent at Hyatt locations worldwide. Redeem points for exciting rewards including free nights with no blackout dates, room upgrades, meals and spa treatments."
  • IAPA | INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE PASSENGERS ASSOCIATION - "Frequent Flyers count on us." Provides travel insurance, seating plans & other planning tools for all travelers. Over 300,000 frequent business travelers in 175 countries already enjoy the many benefits that IAPA membership brings.
  • IHG REWARDS CLUB - "Earn points when you stay at any one of our 4,600 InterContinental hotels or make use of our promotions and partners. Since your points don’t expire, they aren’t going anywhere but up."
  • INTERCONTINENTAL AMBASSADOR - "Not all travellers are the same. That's why it's our pleasure to welcome you to InterContinental Ambassador: a recognition programme for guests of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Ambassador offers you a full range of first-class services and exclusive benefits to enhance your stay with us."
  • Jet Airways JetPrivilege - JetPrivilege is Jet Airways' global frequent flyer programme in which members have access to unique privileges across five membership tiers: Blue, Blue Plus, Silver, Gold and the exclusive Platinum. If you are a member of frequent flyer program with Jet Airways, you qualify for online account access, additional baggage allowance, tele check-in, web check-in, and much more.
  • KVS AVAILABILITY TOOL - "The most powerful Tool for frequent flyers since 2004." Global flight availability, award availability, fares, timetables, seat maps.
  • Le Club Accor Hotels - "More than just a loyalty program, Le Club Accorhotels showers you with special attentions throughout your stays... Earn points all year round, without any black-out dates, based on your expenses at 2,700 hotels in 13 brands around the world: hotel nights, breakfasts, bar tabs and restaurant services, balneotherapy treatments... A wide selection of Rewards are yours as soon as you reach 2,000 points: lower your hotel bill, treat yourself to dream stays, participate in VIP events...
  • LEADERS CLUB LOYALTY PROGRAM - offers enriching, exclusive benefits at Leading Hotels when club members reserve through The Leading Hotels of the World.
  • MARQUIS JET CARD - "The finest jet card program in the industry because it's the only way to access NetJets, 25 hours at a time."
  • New York Pass - "Fast Track and Free Entry to over 80 attractions in New York City."
  • ONEWORLD - the third largest airline alliance in the world. Founded in 1999 by American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Canadian Airlines and Qantas Airways. "Choosing to fly with oneworld has never been so rewarding for frequent flyers. Because as a member of a oneworld airline's frequent flyer programme, you earn credits towards your tier status every time you travel on an eligible oneworld flight."
  • Priority Pass - since 1992. "The world’s largest independent airport lounge access program." Membership offers great value for money and allows you to use any of 700 airport lounges whenever you travel.
  • PRIVATSEA - exclusive membership club for luxury yachting and associated lifestyle services. PrivatSea has created a Luxury Alliance and reciprocal Club Network for its members to provide services that naturally complement the yachting experience. Members receive privileges and preferential rates with partners including selective private clubs, premium private residences, highly exclusive events, private jets, limousine services, hotels, premium private residences, private jets, yacht builders, limousines and private banks.
  • PRIVÉ INTERNATIONAL - "The Art of Living Well." The world's leading bespoke luxury service. Members only.
  • QUINTESSENTIALLY - the world's leading private members' club and concierge service.
  • SIRIUS - "Rewardingly Yours." Jumeirah’s Recognition and Rewards Programme, has been created to offer you an exclusive membership that opens up a world of privileges. Sirius is a Recognition and Rewards programme like no other. You can earn 1 Sirius Points for every US$3 spent every time you stay, dine, relax or shop at every hotel, resort and residence around the world, Sirius has been especially designed to reward you when they stay, dine, relax or shop at Jumeirah, providing you the opportunity to a reach reward quickly.
  • SKYTEAM - "One program has you covered." The second largest airline alliance in the world partnering eleven carriers from four continents.
  • STAR ALLIANCE - founded in 1997. "The Way the World Connects." The world's first and largest airline alliance. As the world's first airline alliance, we work behind the scenes to constantly improve your travel experience. Bringing you benefits to make your journey smoother and more relaxing. Extending our network to fly to new places where you’ll do business tomorrow. And creating ways to earn and redeem your miles, including our Star Alliance Upgrade Awards.
  • STAR ALLIANCE LOUNGES - "The Way the World Connects."
  • Star Privilege Pacific - "A Card Exclusive to You." We continually strive to enhance the privileges available to you! Now, you're not only privy to unlimited complimentary dining and special discounts on room rates, you will also enjoy exclusive invitations to special events.
  • STRATUS REWARDS VISA CARD PROGRAM - Stratus Rewards is an intimate by-invitation only club catering to a relatively small number of people who appreciate priviliged access. As a member you earn points for every dollar spent on the card, and in turn, receive reciprocal benefits from a number of world-class niche lifestyle clubs and luxury oriented companies, redeem them for private jet travel, difficult to obtain items, unique services, rare auction items or life-inspiring experiences.
  • SwissÔtel Circle - "In keeping with our Swiss heritage of genuine hospitality, we recognise a circle of friends who enjoy staying at Swissôtel often and reward them for it by tailoring our services to match individual needs and preferences; we pay attention to what you like, so we’ll have it ready for you the next time you stay with us. Take advantage of preferential treatment and special privileges at Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts worldwide by becoming a member of Swissôtel Circle."
  • TABLET PLUS MEMBERS ONLY PROGRAM - members are entitled to the following privileges at more than 350 participating hotels: complimentary upgrade at check-in; continental breakfast for two; glass of champagne; airport transfer; internet access; gym access for two; spa voucher worth US$50.
  • Taj Inner Circle - "Besides earning points on all your eligible transactions, as a Taj InnerCircle member your check-in and departure formalities will be easier, faster and more flexible. You will be privy to a series of member-special offers which will help you enjoy greater value from your transactions at the Taj. To enjoy your membership benefits we request you to quote your Taj InnerCircle membership number when making reservations and present the card at check-in and while settling your bills."
  • The Club of Small Luxury Hotels of the World - "The Club of Small Luxury Hotels of the World is free to join and offers instant benefits from your very first stay. The more you stay with us, the more great benefits you will receive – you can even enjoy free reward nights on us. Join The Club for free and receive a complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability at check-in) on your first stay."
  • THE WORLD'S FINEST CLUBS - its World Member Card gives you access and VIP privileges to the world’s most exlusive clubs, hotels, restaurants, and more. Annual membership: €2,000.
  • TIMES+ - events + offers + extras. Offers are exclusively for members. If you're not a member you can join for £50 a year or you can enjoy complimentary membership by subscribing to The Times and The Sunday Times.
  • Trump Card - "The TRUMP CARD loyalty program allows access to exclusive hotel rewards, services, amenities, and benefits at all Trump Luxury Hotel properties."
  • Wyndham Rewards - "With twelve brands and over 7,000 locations across the globe, we have more hotels than anyone else in the world. So wherever you want to be, whatever you want to do, chances are we're already there. And when you sign up for Wyndham Rewards, you're guaranteed to earn enough points to get a reward with each and every qualified stay."
The Card

Upcoming VIP Privilege Membership Card

The International Man will in the near future be launching its own PRIVILEGE & BENEFIT VIP MEMBERSHIP CARD - named simply 'The Card'. Members will receive special privileges, benefits and preferential rates with selected partner hotels, restaurants, our LUXURY WEBSHOP, and more. Enter your name and e-mail address to receive FREE INFO about 'The Card' HERE.

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