LIFE

Triple plus card

Whatever the Confederation of Indian Industry has to say about the status of the capital city, it is definitely more liveable compared to other metros in many facets. It is also time Hyderabad had something unique. A credit card, perhaps of its own, where you can "dine at Banjara Hills and shop at Beverly Hills''.

The State Bank of India has launched, what is said to be the country's first city-centric international credit card capturing the spirit of the historic city with a visual of the Hussainsagar Lake. Targeted at the upwardly mobile, middle and upper class segments as well as travellers, the card has several city-specific and global features.

Special discounts ranging from 10 per cent to 30 per cent across various categories of merchants in Hyderabad, including restaurants, garments, automobiles, music, books, electronics, chemists, health centres, jewellery and the likes. The cardholders can also avail of exclusive travel and holiday offers within the country with special offers on air travel.

The Hyderabad Card, to be made available from both the State Bank of India and the State Bank of Hyderabad, entails holders access to events, movie shows and other festive promotions. "The card offers an excellent opportunity to experience the best as it offers unmatched features,'' says Iqbal Singh, CEO, SBI Cards and Payment Services Ltd.

Hyderabad Card has a triple advantage rewards programme for customers to redeem their points for fees or get discounts on leading brands or get attractive gifts. Global benefits include cash access over six lakhs Visa/Plus ATMs, exclusive cash access from more than 700 SBI ATMs and 250 SBI cash points, free insurance protection, account access on the web, 24-hour customer helpline, card and luggage protection, etc.

The card is available for a joining fee of Rs. 250 and an annual fee of Rs. 750 for those with an annual income of Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 60,000 for self-employed. Forms are available at the SBI offices or can be downloaded from `www.sbicard.com'.

By Geetanath V.