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Bank Muscat, Oman Air Join Hands To Launch Feature-Packed Credit Card

Bank Muscat, Oman Air Join Hands To Launch Feature-Packed Credit Card
Bank Muscat, Oman Air Join Hands To Launch Feature-Packed Credit Card

Attractive rewards on all card transactions, immense value to air travel experience

Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services
provider in the Sultanate, and national carrier Oman Air, have joined hands to launch
a feature-packed co-branded credit card that rewards customers on all
transactions and adds immense value to air travel experience.
H.E. Darwish bin Ismail Al Balushi, Minister
Responsible for Financial Affairs, was the guest of honour at the high profile
launch ceremony of Bank Muscat – Oman Air co-branded credit card at the bank’s
head office. AbdulRazak Ali Issa, Chief Executive of Bank Muscat, Abdul Razak
Al Raisi, Chief Commercial Officer, Oman Air, dignitaries and senior officials
of the bank and the national airline attended the event.

Bank Muscat
Bank Muscat

H.E. Darwish bin Ismail Al Balushi congratulated Bank Muscat and Oman Air
for launching the new card which
would benefit the people and enhance air travel experience. H.E. Darwish bin
Ismail Al Balushi said: “The initiative is a fine example of co-operation
between companies aimed at serving customers with niche products and services. The
new card encourages electronic payment in line with the government’s e-governance initiative.”
AbdulRazak Ali Issa said: “Bank Muscat is
delighted to partner with Oman Air to launch the unique co-branded card that
marks the beginning of a new collaborative journey between the Sultanate’s
leading bank and the national airline. The synergy emanating from this
partnership is unparalleled as the endorsement by Oman’s leading bank and the
national carrier ensure the best value proposition for customers. The unique
Bank Muscat – Oman Air co-branded card is a prestige offering designed to
elevate the banking and travel experience. The integration of banking and
airline services emanating from the card offers a unique proposition to the
largest banking and travel community in Oman.”
Oman Air
Oman Air

The co-branded card creates a vibrant synergy
that allows customers to benefit from a
world of exclusive privileges and benefits. The spectacular brand recognition
offered by the dynamic card unleashes convenience and opens up a window of
exclusive rewards while shopping, dining
out or travelling anywhere in the world.

The card offers a slew of benefits and rewards,
including membership to Sindbad Frequent Flyer Programme by the national
carrier. Notably, benefits accrue on all card transactions. For every RO 1
spent on the card, cardholders are rewarded with 2 miles on Sindbad Frequent
Flyer Programme. The accumulated miles can be redeemed for Oman Air tickets.
Attractive rewards have been lined up to welcome
new cardholders. On enrollment, all cardholders will receive a bonus of 1000
Sindbad miles. The first 500 cardholders will also receive additional 8000
Sindbad miles. The annual subscription charge for the card is RO 15.  
The unique imprint of the card reflects an array
of distinct lifestyle trends, allowing smooth access to almost everything in a
secure environment – travel, entertainment or shopping. Created exclusively for a niche segment, the card is a value-added
package aimed at offering a rewarding experience.
Abdul Razzaq bin Juma al-Raisi said: “Oman Air is
proud to announce Bank Muscat as a new partner of Sindbad and mark the launch
of Bank Muscat – Oman Air credit card. The co-branded card outlines a
remarkable milestone in terms of achievements by the two leading establishments
and the collaboration represents a stepping stone for more to come. Fine
products such as the co-branded card have been carefully tailored to satisfy customers
as Oman Air strives to exceed customer expectations and endeavor to be the
preferred airline of original choice.”
The rewards and facilities extended by Oman Air to
Sindbad Frequent Flyer Programme members will also be available for the
co-branded cardholders. The Sindbad Frequent Flyer Programme privileges include
dedicated check-in counters at Muscat International Airport, additional baggage
allowance on Oman Air flights, discount at Muscat Duty Free outlets, Majan
lounge access, priority baggage status, business class upgrade etc. In
addition, cardholders can also earn miles which can be redeemed to purchase
Oman Air tickets. The Sindbad Frequent Flyer Programme has over 40 partners
offering Sindbad miles on transactions with them.
Tariq Atiq, Asst. General Manager – Cards &
eBanking, highlighted the features of the co-branded card. Outlining the
rationale for the tie-up, he said:  “We
are extremely pleased to partner with Oman Air to offer a card that stands out
for its value and reward and hope that our combined synergies will ensure a fulfilling
banking and travel experience to customers. This is a unique card with
benefits, offering unmatched travel, holiday and shopping rewards for
customers. By virtue of using the card, customers will be able to avail
attractive benefits on all transactions. The new card provides a range of
exclusive rewards, which will encourage people to electronic payment which is secure
and convenient. The cooperation and partnership between Bank Muscat and Oman Air
will benefit customers in a big way, adding significant value to the card
experience.”
The co-branded card dramatically increases the importance of loyalty
programmes offered by Bank Muscat and Oman Air to customers. Earlier, travel
rewards were earned largely on the basis of tickets purchased from the airline.
With the co-branded card, numerous avenues are available for accumulation of Sindbad
flying miles.
Isaac Thomas, General Manager, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait
and Bahrain, at Visa Inc, said: “We are delighted to partner with Bank Muscat
and Oman Air to launch the Bank Muscat – Oman Air Visa Credit Card. The new
card is our latest innovative payment solution that rewards cardholders with
benefits that have been tailored to their lifestyle facilitating worldwide
acceptance, secure online shopping, free travel insurance and 24 hour customer
care service. In addition to providing customers a secure and convenient way to
access funds while dining, shopping or travelling anywhere in the world, we are
confident that the new card will provide frequent flyers in Oman with a unique
product that has been developed to reward them.”
Bank Muscat and Oman Air will establish regular customer communication
to enhance the card experience. As a privileged cardholder, customers are entitled to earn and accumulate
Sindbad Miles on all card transactions and enjoy fast-tracking to Sindbad
Silver Tier. Cardholders will be among a
select few for upgrade to the World’s Best Business Class Airline Seat, besides
regular and exclusive promotions and offers available through Oman Air and
tie-up with leading merchants and retailers. The card spells convenience with
worldwide acceptance and facilitates secure online shopping, besides free
travel protection insurance and 24 hour customer care.
The Chip & PIN card enhances security
and gives peace of mind for all transactions, including everyday shopping. Transactions are authorised using Personal Identification Number (PIN) instead
of signature. The Visa card is accepted
worldwide.

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