Unionpay announces exclusive offers for cardholders

Shopping your way, Unionpay

Unionpay is offering an array of privileges for Diamond and Platinum credit cardholders with card numbers starting with “62”, issued in Hong Kong and Macau.

Benefits are available throughout 2017. Five categories are dining, travelling, luxury living, shopping and entertainment, and healthy living.

Dining offers are from the restaurants of two Hong Kong hotels. Hugo’s at Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui is offering a Buy-1-Get-1-Free promotion. Unionpay Diamond credit cardholder can enjoy buy-one-get-one-free for three-course set lunches and six-course classic set dinners, and ten per cent off for extra set and beverage consumption (Business Traveller Asia-Pacific has recently reviewed the restaurant). The Royal Garden offers Diamond and Platinum credit cardholders a 20 per cent discount on lunch and dinner buffet, as well as 15 per cent off its a la carte menu.

In the Travelling category, Diamond cardholders can have free access to the Plaza Premium Lounges at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) up to three visits per day. The Singapore Airlines Holiday offers both tiers of cardholders up to 40 per cent discount on Avalon Waterways travel packages and a bonus round-trip airport transfer, up to US$200 credit at Amari Havodda or Kandima in the Maldives, buy-one-get-one-free Dusit Thani spa treatment, as well as complimentary local airport transfer to or from HKIA.

The Premium Airport limousine transfer service benefit in the Luxury Living category allows Diamond cardholders paying HK$250 (US$32) to enjoy one private chauffeur journey, and luggage handling and meet and greet services. The promotion applies to cities in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, and cross-border from Hong Kong to Shenzhen International Airport.

The Shopping and Entertainment, and Healthy Living categories also include offers such as Ronaldo Academy Hong Kong Courses, Unionpay Exclusive Golf Privileges, as well as Lane Crawford Exclusive Shopping Privileges.


Qatar Duty Free launches Lunar New Year promotion

Qatar Duty Free Chinese New Year promotion

With the Lunar New Year fast approaching, Qatar Duty Free (QDF) has launched a new promotion for shoppers at Doha’s Hamad International Airport to celebrate the incoming Year of the Rooster.

From now until February 7, China Unionpay International cardholders (with a card number beginning with 62) who spend QAR1,500 (US$410) or more on QDF products will invited to enter into a lucky draw. Entrants will be rewarded with a traditional lai see (red packet) containing a shopping voucher valued at either QAR100 (US$27.5), QAR150 (US$41) or QAR200 (US$55).

Purchases can be made on fragrances, cosmetics, skincare, confectionary and other gift items in order to qualify to receive the vouchers for QDF retail outlets, which are valid until February 9.

To assist with the promotion, QDF is deploying a team of Mandarin-speaking ambassadors – easily identifiable by their traditional Chinese clothing – who will provide assistance and highlight promotions on offer.

Hamad Airport itself is also being given a Lunar New Year makeover, with traditional adornments appearing throughout the airport. Art pieces inspired by Qatar Airways’ six destinations in China – Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Chongqing and Guangzhou – will appear in the main departures hall and the north and south terminals (the airline added its Airbus A380 to its Guangzhou service in July last year). A large installation comprising 450 lucky waving fortune cats will also be displayed in the main departure hall in front of The Airport Hotel.

“Chinese New Year remains one of the most important holidays in China and QDF recognises the significance of this holiday to its customers,” said QDF’s senior vice president, Luis Gasset.

“Our partnership with Unionpay International is a fantastic opportunity for us to reward our valued guests.”

The promotion with Unionpay follows national carrier Qatar Airways’ introduction last month of Unionpay credit and debit card payment options for tickets and other sales on its website.

Meanwhile back in September, Qatar began implementing a revised tourism visa scheme aimed at promoting the country as a stopover destination by doubling the length of time transit travellers could stay in the country without prior visa application.

qatardutyfree.com.qa; qatarairways.com

Mastercard introduces new benefits for Asia-Pacific cardholders

Aerial view of Singapore's Marina Bay with the beautiful Skyline illuminated at sunset. Backlit shot with wide-angle lens used for a greater panoramic impression.

A new suite of premium travel and dining benefits are now being offered by Mastercard for its Platinum, World and World Elite consumer credit cardholders in Asia Pacific.

Rewards and services are based around three key areas – travel, dining and peace of mind – and include benefits such as complimentary airport lounge membership, global wifi access, benefits at luxury accommodations, and priority restaurant reservations, among others.

While benefits vary among different card products and issuers, the suite typically comprises the following perks across the three areas:


  • Exclusive benefits at luxury hotels and resorts worldwide
  • Complimentary membership to more than 800 airport lounges in over 120 countries with a World or World Elite card
  • Preferential rates for chauffeured limousine services at select airports globally for World and World elite cardholders
  • Complimentary, unlimited wifi access at more than one millions wifi hotspots globally for World Elite cardholders, including in-flight connectivity


  • Priority reservations and exclusively curated seasonal menus by notable chefs at 20 of the world’s most renowned restaurants
  • Complimentary dining for children aged 12 years and below with every paying adult across 26 participating restaurants in Asia and Australasia
  • Complimentary bottle of wine with a minimum spend at over 100 participating restaurants in China, Hong Kong and Singapore

Peace of mind

  • Automatic protection for eligible online purchases
  • Coverage against costs associated with replacing lost or stolen wallets and items within for World and World Elite cardholders

According to Mastercard’s head of consumer credit for Asia-Pacific, Jenn Ong, the growth of Asia’s affluent populace and this demographic’s changing spending priorities have influenced the new benefits platform, which has been rolled out across the region.

“Growing in affluence and influence, Asia-Pacific’s consumers are shaping the notion of what luxury means today,” said Ong. “Our insights, mined from card spend, travel patterns and consumer journeys, give us a deep understanding into the affluent consumer and their greatest passions.

“Our latest research found that social activities, such as overseas holidays and fine dining with loved ones are some of the key priorities amongst consumers in the region. These learnings are especially crucial as we build compelling offers, as part of our commitment to provide cardholders with superior value.”