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Flight Centre launches new Mastercard option

FlightCentreFlight Centre NZ have partnered with Mastercard in launching a new card that allows customers to gain rewards on purchases and access long term finance options.

Launched today, the travel firm said the Flight Centre Mastercard is a first of its kind in the New Zealand travel industry.

“Kiwis really value earning rewards points while they spend, so the ability to gain Flight Centre rewards is an added bonus for customers while travelling either domestically or abroad,” said Peter Chisnall, country manager for Mastercard New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

“In addition, the Flight Centre Mastercard features all the benefits of Mastercard products, including worldwide acceptance, fraud prevention measures and tap and go, which New Zealanders are increasingly using to make everyday purchases.”

David Coombes, MD, Flight Centre NZ, said with 26  airlines now flying on international routes from Auckland  and countless hotels, tour operators and cruiseliners, Kiwis are travelling more than ever.

“But we were continually hearing frustrations from our customers that they didn’t have the freedom to shop and earn travel rewards that could be used across the board. They also wanted an option to ‘travel now and pay later’. With the launch of the Flight Centre Mastercard they now have this freedom.”

Flexi Cards NZ chief executive Greg Shepherd says Flight Centre was a logical partner for the launch of such an innovative product.

“Flight Centre is a long-term partner of Q Card and we have had a very strong collaborative relationship for almost 10 years. They are leaders in the travel industry and we, as experts in point-of-sale finance and payments, like to work with such organisations to bring them smart, practical and user-friendly solutions.

“We are both in the business of making life more enjoyable for New Zealanders, and the new Flight Centre Mastercard will provide Kiwis with more freedom and flexibility when choosing their next adventure.”

Flexi Cards was the first non-bank to be granted a Mastercard issuing licence in New Zealand.

“And now we are innovating again with a co-branded card, which is actually three cards in one – a long-term finance card, a travel rewards card and a globally-accepted credit card,” said Shepherd.

“Together with Flight Centre, we have created a very compelling product. We are confident Flight Centre Mastercard will quickly find a place in many thousands of Kiwi wallets.”

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