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Travel Swipe Right: The All-New & Exclusive UOB Visa Infinite Metal Credit Card

Swipe Right: The All-New & Exclusive UOB Visa Infinite Metal Credit Card

Swipe Right: The All-New & Exclusive UOB Visa Infinite Metal Credit Card
By Kathlyn D'Souza
February 14, 2019
United Overseas Bank's biggest and most exciting launch of the year is its all new and unique Visa Infinite Metal Credit Card, a result of its collaboration with VISA and the desire to cater to affluent and frequent Malaysian travellers.

Typically, we wouldn't want to bombard you with hard-hitting facts and figures so early into an article, but we must provide you with some of UOB Malaysia's findings on travel-related expenditure – just to give you a little bit of context before we delve into their most recent launch.

According to their data, travel-related expenditure among affluent cardholders has grown by 35% since 2016. Following that, 2018 saw that said affluent cardholders also spent RM205 million on travel-related products and services, a 23% hike from 2017. Travel-related spending experienced the highest growth in 2018, and it was also found that 20% of cardholders' total credit card bills were charged in foreign currencies, which meant that Malaysian cardholders are frequently using their credit cards overseas. 

Are you with us so far? Good. This then brings us to the advent of the new credit card star and hero: the UOB Visa Infinite Metal Card, which we are going to explore shortly with the help of its managing director and country head of personal financial services, Ronnie Lim.

Sue Wong, executive director and head of cards and payment products of UOB Malaysia; Ronnie Lim, managing director and country head of UOB Malaysia and Ng Kong Boon, who is the country manager for Visa, presented UOB Malaysia’s latest offering.
Sue Wong, executive director and head of cards and payment products of UOB Malaysia; Ronnie Lim, managing director and country head of UOB Malaysia and Ng Kong Boon, who is the country manager for Visa, presented UOB Malaysia’s latest offering.

1/5 It was designed especially for affluent travellers who crave convenience and comfort

"We observed that as more Malaysian consumers become more affluent, they tend to travel more extensively for work or leisure. Our data insights show that the discerning affluent traveller expects convenience, luxury and comfort when they travel. This is why we have designed the UOB Visa Infinite Metal Card, a credit card that offers travel-related rewards and benefits, to meet the exacting luxury travel needs and expectations of our affluent customers," said Ronnie.

2/5 It is the first of its kind in terms of material: bronze metal

“We wanted to create a card that not only provides premium travel and lifestyle benefits to our customers but is also resistant to the wear and tear from prolonged and regular use. Made of bronze, the UOB Visa Infinite Metal Card carries weight in its body and in its name. It is an exclusive card created for the discerning affluent individuals who value convenience and comfort and enjoy travelling, dining and shopping,” explained Ronnie.

3/5 Its design and visuals took on a whole new direction

Photo: Courtesy of UOB.
Photo: Courtesy of UOB.

"The UOB Visa Infinite Metal Card uses a unique design element. The cardholder’s name and card number are engraved onto the card, instead of embossed which is typically the case for plastic cards. In addition, the cardholders’ credit card number, expiry date and security code are all grouped together on one side of the card, making it more convenient for cardholders to read their details when making purchases online. We also chose the colour black for the card because it is synonymous with classic elegance."

4/5 The credit card has the frequent flyer in mind, and has an array of exciting attributes

Benefits of the UOB Visa Infinite Metal Card include:

  • First-class travel privileges with more than 60 partner airlines, as cardholders also receive complimentary business class upgrades with selected airlines with every purchase of an economy-class seat. 
  • A competitive air miles redemption programme, wherein once you become a member, you are immediately entitled to 66,000 air miles that can earn you a business class round trip to Singapore or a one-way business class ticket to Melbourne. 
  • Accelerated reward points for overseas spend.
  • 24-hour worldwide concierge service, enabling cardholders to book dinner reservations conveniently at popular restaurants, to reserve theatre tickets or even to buy gifts for their loved ones.
  • On top of that, cardholders can travel with peace of mind with travel insurance coverage of up to RM1 million.

5/5 And, as far as exclusivity goes, the credit card is only available by invitation

"The UOB Visa Infinite Metal Card is available by invitation only to customers who have a minimum annual income of RM300,000 and investable assets of above RM3 million with UOB Malaysia. However, interested customers can call or email our UOB Visa Infinite Concierge at +603 2612 3399 or at uobcustomerservice@uob.com.my."

Photo: Courtesy of Khairul Imran/Malaysia Tatler.
Photo: Courtesy of Khairul Imran/Malaysia Tatler.

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