New&best travel buddy

> AirAsia now of­fers fre­quent fly­ers and jet-set­ters a new pay­ment and loy­alty card


ONE OF the ma­jor headaches many of us en­counter when plan­ning for a trip over­seas is how much for­eign cur­rency should we take with us.

Hav­ing a wal­let stacked with cash while trav­el­ling could also be a risk and may turn a dream hol­i­day into a night­mare.

Also, not all credit cards are the same or tai­lored es­pe­cially for avid trav­ellers.

So for those who hop from coun­try to coun­try on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, AirAsia has come up with the BIG Pre­paid MasterCard that aims to make their travel less risky and has­sle-free, as well as cut down on the amount of cash they need to carry in their wal­let.

This new pay­ment and loy­alty card is is­sued by Tpaay Asia Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned sub­sidiary of AirAsia Bhd.

The BIG Pre­paid MasterCard works like any other credit and debit cards but its line of credit and fund ex­po­sure is lim­ited as it isn’t linked to any of your bank ac­counts. As such, this new card will help you man­age the amount you are spend­ing.

Fur­ther­more, the BIG Pre­Paid MasterCard is cur­rently the only card that of­fers its users zero pro­cess­ing fees when book­ing their flights on

Other sav­ings that users can en­joy in­clude get­ting RM2 off ev­ery pre-booked meal and RM2 off ev­ery pre-booked bag­gage.

On top of that, it also of­fers handy travel-re­lated fea­tures and ben­e­fits such as Multi-Cur­rency Wal­let where you can load up the card in ring­git Malaysia and con­vert the amount to five dif­fer­ent cur­ren­cies – US dol­lar, Bri­tish pound, euro, Aus­tralian dol­lar and Sin­ga­pore dol­lar – at great ex­change rates.

Be­sides that, users will also earn one BIG point for ev­ery RM2 spent over­seas us­ing the card.

The BIG Pre­paid Mastercard is avail­able in two for­mats – plas­tic and vir­tual.

The BIG Pre­paid Mastercard Plas­tic ( above) has a RM10,000 card limit. To register for this card, just pro­vide copies of your per­sonal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments and util­ity bills. It takes 14 work­ing days for the ap­pli­ca­tion to be pro­cessed.

The BIG Pre­paid MasterCard Vir­tual comes with a RM1,500 card limit. This is for users who want a quick and has­sle-free ap­pli­ca­tion process as it doesn’t re­quire any per­sonal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­men­ta­tions or util­ity bills and con­fir­ma­tion is in­stant. There’s also an op­tion to up­grade the card limit to RM10,000. To do so re­quires you to pro­vide copies of your per­sonal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments and util­ity bills. To make the deal even sweeter, those who sign up for the AirAsia BIG Pre­paid MasterCard in ei­ther plas­tic or vir­tual will be able to get up to 50% off se­lected AirAsia flights from Oct 17 to 18 when they book with the BIG Pre­paid MasterCard. And with zero pro­cess­ing fee, they will be able to save up to RM24 per per­son for a re­turn trip book­ing. To sign up for the BIG Pre­paid MasterCard Vir­tual, go to www. big­pre­

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