Some people consider credit cards to be a nightmare, where they are always behind on their repayments, and find themselves having to pay large amounts of interest.
However the most savvy travellers will tell you that credit cards actually pay dividends to the cardholder when balances are paid in full, and are taken advantage of for all their often undisclosed offers - particularly for travel.
Below, we'll explore the varying offers that are available to Visa cardholders.
Visa Explore App
The world is a big place, and unforgettable experiences await. With hundreds of offers across dining, shopping, entertainment and travel, the Visa Explore App will take you everywhere you want to be. The app automatically updates with all the latest cardholder offers, and allows you to do a country specific search either before you depart or once you arrive and you're trying to find some bargain dining.
Visa presents 24/7 concierge services to Platinum cardholders. Take advantage of a host of services available to you over the phone or online, 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the world. Global phone numbers can be found here.
Are you a Visa Infinite cardholder? Join up with LoungeKey for free, which gives you unlimited free lounge visits.
Visa Luxury Hotel Collection
Visa Luxury Hotel Collection is powered by Kiwi Collection. Accessible to those who have a Platinum, Signature or Infinite card, these hotel offers can be lucrative to those who may have no status with any major or niche hotel chain. With every booking, you will receive these benefits:
- Best available rate guarantee (flexible)
- Automatic room upgrade upon arrival, where available
- Complimentary in-room wi-fi, where available
- Complimentary continental breakfast daily
- US$25 food or beverage credit
- VIP guest status
- 3PM check-out upon request, when available
There are often special offers available on some hotels that go above and beyond the benefits listed above.
Visa offers Gold, Platinum, Signature and Infinite Cardholders up to 35% discount with Avis. All the discounts are loaded in to this website, so simply put in your rental requirements, select your Cardholder membership level and receive your discounted rate.
Gold and Platinum Cardholders:
- Up to 20% discount on Standard Rates
- Up to 10% discount on International Leisure Rates
Signature and Infinite Cardholders:
- Up to 35% discount on Standard Rates
- Up to 30% discount on International Leisure Rates
Book on this website to automatically receive your discounts or join Avis Preferred as a Visa Premium customer and have the benefits linked to your profile.
Preferential partnership discounts only apply to residents of Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, renting in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Other residents or rental locations outside of these regions, such as but not limited to Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America and Caribbean do not qualify for a discount.
For Visa cardholders that wish to reduce wasted time queuing for immigration clearance, YQ offers a personal fast track service.
As you arrive at the airport to fly to your destination, or touchdown in your chosen location, YQ agents are waiting for you. Meeting you at the air-bridge for arriving passengers, or at the kerbside for departing passengers, their agents will ensure that the stress and strains of the airport are smoothed away along with the queues.
Visa Platinum, Visa Signature and Visa Infinite cardholders can now enjoy exclusive rates between 30% to 70% discount off retail prices.
From a quick search of options for airports around the Asia Pacific region, it seems that the costs are variable. Some airports, it doesn't matter what type of Visa card you have, the fee will be the same. Others, you can manage a discount of about US$40 between having a Platinum and Infinite card (arrival service into Adelaide for example, which, for everyone's information, you definitely do not need to pay for, the airport is so easy to navigate).
I personally would never use this service, especially seeing as I have elite status with numerous different airlines. I do struggle to see its appeal.
SuperShuttle and ExecuCar
Save 10% on SuperShuttle and ExecuCar rides with your Visa® card. To redeem this offer, book online at www.supershuttle.com and enter discount code Q3A9K to receive 10% off your total fare. Also earn airline points or miles when you book your ride online or via our mobile apps. Mainly based around ports in the US and Europe. Valid until 31 December 2017.
Sixt Rent a Car
Use your Visa® card and receive up to 10% discount at Sixt Rent a Car and Sixt Rent a Truck worldwide. Click here to redeem this offer or call Sixt or come to the next Sixt station and mention discount code 9910213 and use your Visa card. Offer valid until 31 December 2017.
Use your Visa® card and save from 10%-20% on fun sightseeing activities around the world. To redeem this offer, please visit this website to view a list of products that are eligible for the Visa cardholder discount; after you make your selection, enter the promo code VISA at checkout and your discount will be applied. Or call 1-800-GRAYLINE (1-800-472-9546 in the US) or +1-303-394-6920 (from outside the US) and mention promo code VISA. Or you may email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Offer valid until 31 December 2017.
From shopping to dining, the possibilities with your Visa card are unlimited. A special site has been set up, where you can select your card issuer country, card type, and language, and search for special offers anywhere, anytime. For example, I have found deals in Pakistan, Belarus, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, that are all too numerous to mention. The deals change often and there are far too many for us to list them all here, so it is recommended that you always do a search for offers at your destination before leaving home.
Enjoy 8% off Hotels.com bookings when you pay with Visa, no matter what type of Visa card you have. For stays between 1 and 28 nights. Booking must be made before 31/12/17, and stays completed by 31/03/18. Enter 'VISA8' as your promo code before paying. Full Terms and Conditions here - only the first 20,000 bookings.
Enjoy Travelling around Taiwan with Visa
Get on a bike going through streets and alleys to appreciate diverse cultural settings. Immerse into a bookstore and find yourself some pleasure in reading. Relish a cup of tea, some refreshments and genuine human warmth as well. Depart from city to see the majesty of lofty mountains and the diversity of marine creatures.
Travel in Taiwan with Visa to discover all its beauties. Special offers are valid until 31 March 2017 to all cards issued outside Taiwan.
Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam Offers
Travelling to Asia? Visa are offering a vast range of eat, shop, stay and do deals in Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea. They are too numerous for me to list them all, so make sure you have a look through yourself before you jet off and see where you can save money on your trip.
London, Paris, Milan, Munich: Special Guides for Asia Pacific Visa Cardholders
Got yourself a Visa card issued in the Asia Pacific region? Great, because you can travel like a local in Europe this year by using your Visa card to save money in the cities listed above.
Download your preferred guide from http://www.visa-promotions.com/londonparismilan/ and make sure you print to take on your journey, as you have to show the offer guide to the merchant.
10% Discount at Restaurants Across Croatia
Download and print this map and show to any of the restaurants listed to save 10% when paying with any Visa card.
Visa Golf Access
Visa Golf Access provides Visa Platinum, Signature and Infinite cardholders with great discounts at participating golf clubs in the UAE, Middle East and North Africa. The discounts are mostly related to green fees and pro-shop sales, and in some cases discounts are extended to food and beverage purchases. Browse all the available offers here.
Enjoy special benefits when you travel to Australia with your Visa card until 30 June 2017. Click here to see all offers. Valid only when paid with a Visa card issued in the Asian Pacific region. Except where noted, this includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Micronesia.
Until the 31 March 2017, you can book a third night's stay for free when you stay for two consecutive nights at participating Hyatt hotels in the Greater China region and Asia (Japan, Korea, Thailand, Maldives and Cambodia) for stays until the 31 March 2017. To receive the discount, you must have a Visa Platinum, Signature or Infinite Credit Card, and will need to request offer code HYVISA at time of reservation, and book the Visa Premier Rate.
Visa cardholders can enjoy exclusive offers ranging from dining experiences in their signature restaurants to amazing stay offers in many of the Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts.
Visa Exclusive Stay Offer - Valid All 2017
Take advantage of 15% off the Best Available Rate with your Visa Card, for stays all throughout 2017. Includes complimentary buffet breakfast, wi-fi access, and complimentary unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark (for Dubai hotels only). Quote special promotion code VISASTAY. Find out more.
Visa Winter Spectacular
Enjoy all the fantastic attractions UAE, Kuwait and Maldives have to offer this winter with Jumeirah. Book a minimum of three nights for stays until 31 March 2017 and receive 25% off the Best Available Rate with your Visa Card. Includes complimentary buffet breakfast, wi-fi access, and unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark (for hotels in Dubai only). Quote special promotion code VISAWINTER. Find out more.
Visa Suite Stay
Refined lifestyles accentuated by luxurious experiences await at a selection of suites or villas offered by Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts is the essence of true grandeur. There's no better time to experience the suite life with one complimentary night when you book in any of our suites or villas. Valid for Visa Infinite and Signature only, until 31 December 2017. Find out more.
Dining Offer - Visa Dining Promotion for MENA region cardholders
From the MENA region? This winter, experience a world of culinary adventure with 20% discount at over 50 exquisite Jumeirah restaurants when using your Visa card. An incredible wealth of dining options awaits you. Find out more. Valid until 30 April 2017.
BeMyGuest is a leading provider of activities and tours across Asia. Eligible Visa cardholders can book activities through https://visa.bemyguest.com.sg/youth before 31 December 2017 and receive discounted prices on all activities, by up to 59%.
Preferred Hotels and Resorts
Save 10% off the best available rate and enjoy complimentary daily breakfast for two at over 275 participating Preferred Hotel Group properties around the globe when you book and pay with your Visa® card. To redeem this offer or to view the list of participating hotels, click here. Offer valid until 31 December 2017.