SEPANG, 30 November 2018 – AirAsia continues to lead the way in travel credit card partnerships with the launch of the AirAsia Hong Leong Bank Credit Card with Hong Leong Bank Berhad (“HLB” or “the Bank”), as an exclusive ticket to free flights.
The launch was part of the regional introduction of the AirAsia Credit Card, a must-have for both casual travellers and frequent flyers to earn BIG Points faster, which can be redeemed for free flights and more with AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline.
The AirAsia Hong Leong Bank Gold Credit Card and AirAsia Hong Leong Bank Platinum Credit Card are the ultimate travel credit cards that enable cardholders to easily get free flights and more, with every ringgit spent automatically earning them bonus BIG Points.
To kickstart their fast track to free flights, cardholders will enjoy incredible welcome-to-card as well as quarterly bonuses of up to 25,000 BIG Points – good news for cardholders who actively use the AirAsia Hong Leong Bank Credit Card in pursuit of redeeming flights.
AirAsia Hong Leong Bank Platinum cardholders
Spend a minimum of RM 2,500 in first 60 days after card approval = 5,000 Welcome BIG Points
Spend a minimum of RM 5,000 per calendar quarter = 5,000 Additional BIG Points per quarter
AirAsia Hong Leong Bank Gold cardholders
Spend a minimum of RM 1,500 in first 60 days after card approval = 3,000 Welcome BIG Points
Spend a minimum of RM 3,000 per calendar quarter = 3,000 Additional BIG Points per quarter
Cardholders can also accumulate BIG Points faster with a combination of low spend yet high earn rate – 6 BIG Points for every RM1 spent on AirAsia flights and 1 BIG Point for every RM2 international spend or RM3 local spend on the AirAsia Hong Leong Bank Platinum Credit Card, or RM5 local spend on the AirAsia Hong Leong Bank Gold Credit Card.
In addition, AirAsia Hong Leong Bank Platinum credit cardholders will enjoy exclusive airline privileges such as free introductory inflight WiFi plan, priority check-in and boarding, Xpress baggage as well as an instant upgrade to BIG Platinum Membership Status to speed up BIG Points earning on qualifying flight bookings.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “Today’s launch of the AirAsia Hong Leong credit card is part of our plan to transform BIG Loyalty from an airline loyalty programme into BIG Life, a travel and lifestyle business.”
“These cards not only allow our BIG Members to earn BIG Points faster and elevate their travel experience, they also make the points more accessible, a key step in making BIG Points a widely used and valuable digital currency, not just for flying but for every day use.”
Hong Leong Bank Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Domenic Fudais confident that the AirAsia Hong Leong Bank Credit Card will be the ultimate travel credit card in Malaysia as it hits two of the most relevant Malaysian consumer behaviours when it comes to travel: frequency and cost consciousness.
He said, “Data has shown that Malaysians are ranked amongst the global Top 5 when it comes to flying, taking at least 5.5 average flights annually with 83 percent of them checking into flights online or via mobile for greater convenience.
The savvy Malaysian travellers are also the most cost-conscious in Asia with 97 percent placing price as in important factor when it comes to air travel booking.”
“As a Bank that is constantly looking for new ways to delight our customers, we know that we need to present a product that features simplicity in usage, superiority in value and seamless experience. It has to be intuitive and integrated in the day-to-day activities of customers and avoids the need for a separate interface.”he said
“We are delighted that the AirAsia Hong Leong Bank Credit Card will reward customers with truly tangible value with each usage, enabling them to enjoy more exciting and memorable travel experiences as each spend will automatically earn points for their free flights seamlessly,” added Fuda.
In the Philippines, the AirAsia Credit Card is the first co-brand credit card for AirAsia in the country. The credit card will soon make its way to Indonesia.