Visa Introduces the Visa Infinite Luxury Hotel Collection

Visa Infinite cardholders can now enjoy exclusive access to perks at a selection of the world's most prestigious properties

TORONTO, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - Visa Canada today announced the launch of the Visa Infinite Luxury Hotel Collection, a new premium travel offering enabling Visa Infinite cardholders to find, book and enjoy exclusive benefits at a selection of the world's most intriguing and prestigious properties.

Visa Infinite cardholders now have around-the-clock access to information and bookings for accommodations at a hand-picked selection of luxury properties around the world - from celebrated hotels and resorts to new boutique gems. The offering of participating properties has been gathered by invitation and will continue to expand to offer cardholders even more of a selection. Benefits can be accessed through www.visainfinite.ca or the Visa Infinite Concierge service.

The Visa Infinite Luxury Hotel Collection offers Canadian-issued Visa Infinite cardholders access to a host of premium perks designed to make cardholders' hotel stays more comfortable and enjoyable. Benefits vary by hotel and may include VIP guest status, access to the best available rate, an automatic room upgrade upon arrival, complimentary valet parking or in-room internet access, a food and beverage voucher to enjoy at one of the hotel restaurants or through room service, complimentary continental breakfast and late checkout privileges.(1)

The new program was tailored to appeal to the most-desired travel benefits. The range of perks offered by the Visa Infinite Luxury Hotel Collection ranked among the top ten important travel benefits in a 2009 Visa survey.(2) Complimentary room upgrades (53 per cent) and free internet access (51 per cent) were identified as the most important travel benefits among respondents.

"Travel benefits consistently rank at the top of our Visa Infinite cardholders' lists of preferred perks," said Jennifer Arthurton, Head of Consumer Credit Products, Visa Canada. "The Visa Infinite Luxury Hotel Collection enhances Visa Infinite's ability to provide its members with access to superior value through exclusive travel perks at some of the world's finest properties. The program was specially designed to offer its members with an unparalleled experience that will exceed their expectations."

Canada's Visa's Infinite Luxury Hotel Collection is the latest offering within the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection, Visa's global premium travel benefit. The Visa Luxury Hotel Collection is powered and managed by Canadian-headquartered Kiwi Collection, the world's largest independent hotel authority with one of the most selective collections of luxury properties. Hotels available through the new program range from exceptional foreign destinations, including the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the Mandarin Oriental in Sanya, and the Library in Thailand, to domestic hidden gems, including the Shangri-La Vancouver, the St. Paul Hotel in Montreal, and Moraine Lake Lodge in Lake Louise.

The Visa Infinite card provides cardholders with all the advantages of a Visa Gold and Visa Platinum card, but with added benefits: complimentary 24/7 concierge service; exclusive access to entertainment, sports, dining and retail offers, and exceptional privileges at some of the world's finest boutique hotels through the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection. Benefits range from everyday values, such as movie pre-release screenings and discounts at select retailers, to epicurean events, and once-in-a-lifetime packages for events such as the Olympic Games. For more information about Visa Infinite, visit www.visainfinite.ca.

For more information on the Visa Infinite Luxury Hotel Collection and specific benefits, Visa Infinite cardholders can visit www.visainfinite.ca.

About Visa

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital currency. Underpinning digital currency is one of the world's most advanced processing networks-VisaNet-that is capable of handling more than 10,000 transactions a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa's innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.

    
    1   Benefits may vary by property and are subject to availability and
        restrictions. For complete terms and conditions, visit
        www.visainfinite.ca.

    2   Source: Visa Research Services, 2009
    

SOURCE VISA Canada Corporation

For further information: For further information: Media Contacts: Teri Broughton, Visa Canada, 416-860-8869, tbrought@visa.com; Alison Ford, Fleishman-Hillard, 416-645-3296, alison.ford@fleishman.ca

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