About a week ago, I had the opportunity to attend a Standard Bank event as they introduced a refreshed take on Prestige Banking and the Titanium Card for the affluent market.

When it comes to making big decisions such as who to bank with, it only makes sense that one would opt for a banking option which adds value to their lifestyle, offers them great service and also provides the necessary security over their finances. All this can be said of Prestige Banking by Standard Bank- it enables all your dreams that money can buy!

Prestige banking is targeted at young South African professionals between the ages of 25 and 35 who earn above R25 000 per month. The refreshed offering comes at no added cost, and instead opens one up to a world of great benefits for simply selecting this banking option. Boasting flight discounts of up to 35%; lifestyle experience discounts up to 15%; reductions up to 33% on Connoisseur Club purchased ( wine, coffee, chocolate ), Premium banking enables the lifestyle you want to live

We’ve done research into the 25 to 35-year-old market and found that not only do they expect to be rewarded as customers but that they expect to be rewarded in a manner which is congruent with their lifestyle objectives and spend patterns – Ethel Nyembe, Head of Card Issuing at Standard Bank.

Social is an integral part of everyone’s life,  a form of self expression beyond the corporate space. People are demanding lifestyle and entertainment experiences in different ways. With that being said, I absolutely love how Standard Bank has not only acknowledged but taken action to increasing their customer satisfaction and adding value to their lives. Not only is this demonstrated through their discount offers with their partners, but also through  the provision of access to knowledge sharing seminars on alternative investments like cryptocurrency for their Gauteng based customers. Knowledge definitely is power, and once we are equipped and empowered as a nation we can make knowledgeable investment decisions which will impact not only ourselves but also the generations to come.

For those of you, who just like me, love great out of the box experiences, you’ll be excited to know that Standard Bank has partnered with Celestial Gift Experiences to offer up to 15% off of lifestyle experiences. These include activities such as hot air ballooning, private outdoor cinema experiences, Segway safaris, game drives for two and so much more. With the growth in staycations, they’ve further got you covered with weekend city breaks, luxury day trips and signature experiences.

Once it’s time to dine and unwind, Prestige customers enjoy up to 33% discounts on wine, craft beer, gin or coffee when purchasing online via Wine-Of-The-Month Club with your credit card.

Family time? That’s covered too. As a Prestige Banking customer you enjoy Three for Four movie ticket deals with Ster-Kinekor.

Well, what about security? With the increased crime rate, security is definitely top priority when banking. Titanium credit card holders continue to benefit from basic travel insurance, however with the refreshed offering enhanced ATM insurance is provided in an event of a robbery while withdrawing cash.

Still on the topic of security, as a frequent online shopper, the Virtual Card feature by Standard Bank is one which is highly attractive for me. My constant fear is having my card hacked, but with the virtual card (when shopping on Takealot.com, Zando, Travelstart and Admyt ) I can create a generic virtual card as a means to ring-fencing certain expenditure.

Another notable feature by Standard Bank for which I’ve seen a TVC on high rotation is Samsung Pay. Samsung users who are Standard Bank customers will be glad to know that they can now make point of sale purchases by simply whipping out their cellphones and using the Samsung Pay App. Wherever the MasterCard or Visa tap-to-pay logo is displayed, you’re simply a tap away from payment.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be exploring the various discounts the Prestige Banking Card has to offer and taking you all on the journey with me. While doing so, I feel comfort in knowing that through and through I still enjoy 24/7 chat service with a banker online. So irrespective of when I need assistance, I’m fully covered!

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