SBI Card Launches “SBI Card MILES” for Travel Enthusiasts

~First travel-centric core card in SBI Card portfolio; offers power of travel rewards redemption, accelerated rewards, complimentary airport lounge access, and much more~

Bengaluru, 24th April 2024:  SBI Card, India’s largest pure-play credit card issuer, has launched three variants of its first travel-focused core credit card “SBI Card MILES”. The card is aimed at bringing holistic travel benefits to travellers of all kinds – travel aspirers to frequent fliers to travel aficionados. SBI Card MILES offers compelling features that include conversion of Travel Credits to Air Miles and Hotel Points, accelerated rewards on EVERY travel booking, and airport lounge access among others. Empowering cardholders with absolute choice of redemption, the card partners over 20 airline and hotel brands including Air Vistara, Air India, Spicejet, Air France-KLM, Etihad Airways, Air Canada, Thai Airways, Qantas Airways, ITC Hotels, IHG Hotels & Resorts, and Accor among others.

According to Mr. Dinesh Kumar Khara, Chairman, State Bank of India“The strong economic growth and robust consumption landscape has accentuated India’s position in the world. Even in travel sector, today, India is considered amongst the key source markets for outbound travel in many countries including those in Asia and Europe. I congratulate SBI Card on the launch of SBI Card MILES, a strong product that will redefine the travel experiences for Indian consumers.”

It is evident that Indians are increasingly becoming open to more and varied travel experiences. The three variants, SBI Card MILES ELITE, SBI Card MILES PRIME, and SBI Card MILES, have been designed to elevate these experiences through curated travel benefits. Cardholders can earn up to 6 Travel Credits on every INR 200 travel spend and up to 2 Travel Credits on spending INR 200 on other categories. The offerings under ‘SBI Card MILES’ bouquet enable cardholders to carry out an easy and seamless Travel Credits redemption across multiple renowned flights and hotel partners. One can convert these Travel Credits into Air Miles/Hotel Points of respective partners or directly use them to book air tickets and hotel accommodations by visiting SBI Card mobile app or website https://www.sbicard.com/. Alternatively, one can redeem them on SBI Card’s Rewards Catalogue as well.

Speaking at the launch Mr. Abhijit Chakravorty, MD & CEO, SBI Card said, “Our customer-centric approach has always driven us to design innovative products, solutions, and services that address the evolving and diverse lifestyle needs and offer customers an extremely rewarding experience. Indian travellers are large global spenders and naturally, with increased and more robust travel plans, consumers are looking for curated benefits to enhance their travel experiences. SBI Card MILES is our endeavour to offer our customers the best of all the travel benefits. The card has been designed to become one true travel partner for the cardholders. We are sure that our cardholders will enjoy the exclusive benefits offered by our travel-centric core card.”

SBI Card MILES ELITE comes with multiple and varied spends milestone benefits. These include up to 5000 Travel Credits on reaching spends of INR 1 lakh in 60 days of enrollment; up to 20,000 Travel Credits on spends milestone of INR 12 lakh; and spends-based fee reversal on reaching spends milestone of INR 15 lakh.

With airport lounge access being an important part of the overall travel experience, SBI Card MILES ELITE offers Priority Pass membership. Using the card, cardholders will be able to enjoy up to 8 complimentary domestic lounge visits and up to 6 international airport lounge visits in a year. What’s more, the card also enables users to earn additional domestic lounge access. Every time a cardholder achieves the cumulative spends of INR 1 lakh, cardholders will receive 1 gift voucher for lounge access that can be used by either the cardholder or the guest.

Importantly, SBI Card MILES ELITE cardholders will also enjoy a low foreign transaction mark up of 1.99% and travel insurance cover. The card will be available on Mastercard and RuPay network. The joining and annual fees of SBI Card MILES ELITE is INR 4,999 plus applicable taxes while SBI Card MILES PRIME and SBI Card MILES have a fee of INR 2,999 and INR 1,499 plus applicable taxes respectively.

Key highlights of SBI Card MILES Cards:

Key Benefits SBI Card MILES ELITE SBI Card MILES PRIME SBI Card MILES
Rewards Benefits Travel Credits Redemption
  • Seamless Travel Credits conversion to Air Miles and Hotel Points across 15+ airlines and hotel partners
  • Alternatively, book flight & hotel tickets on our exclusive travel aggregator.
Accelerated Travel Credits
6 Travel Credits per INR 200 on every travel spend 4 Travel Credits per INR 200 on every travel spend 2 Travel Credits per INR 200 on every travel spend
2 Travel Credit per INR 200 on other spends 2 Travel Credit per INR 200 on other spends 1 Travel Credit per INR 200 on other spends
Welcome Benefit Bonus Travel Credits
5000 Travel Credits upon reaching spends of INR 1 lakh in 60 days of enrollment. 3000 Travel Credits upon reaching spends of INR 60,000 in 60 days of enrollment. 1500 Travel Credits upon reaching spends of INR 30,000 in 60 days of enrollment.
Milestone Benefits Annual Spends Milestone Benefit
20,000 Travel Credits on reaching spends milestone of INR 12 lakh 10,000 Travel Credits on reaching spends milestone of INR 8 lakh 5,000 Travel Credits on reaching spends milestone of INR 5 lakh
Spends-based Fee Reversal
Annual fee reversal upon reaching the spends milestone of INR 15 lakh Annual fee reversal upon reaching the spends milestone of INR 10 lakh Annual fee reversal upon reaching the spends milestone of INR 6 lakh
Airport Lounge Benefits Complimentary Lounge Access
8 domestic airport lounge access in a year

(2 visits every quarter)

8 domestic airport lounge access in a year

(2 visits every quarter)

4 domestic airport lounge access in a year (1 visit every quarter)
6 international airport lounges in a calendar year 4 international airport lounges in a calendar year NA

 

 

Additional Domestic lounges access based on spends
Earn 1 gift voucher for lounge access with every INR 1 lakh cumulative spends with capping of 15 visits in a year.

 

Gift voucher can be used by the cardholder or guest.

Earn 1 gift voucher for lounge access with every INR 1 lakh cumulative spends with capping of 12 visits in a year.

 

Gift voucher can be used by the cardholder or guest.

Earn 1 gift voucher for lounge access with every INR 1 lakh cumulative spends with capping of 8 visits in a year.

Gift voucher can be used by the cardholder or guest.

Forex Mark-Up 1.99% 2.50% 3.0%
Insurance Cover
  • Up to 6 cancellations per year, each limited to INR 3,500
  • Lost card liability cover of up to INR 1 lakh
  • Air Accident Cover of up to INR 1 crore
  • Loss of check in baggage cover of up to INR 72,000
  • Delay of check in baggage cover of up to INR 7,500
  • Loss of travel documents cover of up to INR 12,500
  • Baggage Damage cover of up to INR 5000
  • Up to 6 cancellations per year, each limited to INR 3,500
  • Lost card liability cover of up to INR 1 lakh
  • Air Accident cover of up to INR 1 crore
  • Loss of check in baggage cover of up to INR 72,000
  • Delay of check in baggage cover of up to INR 7,500
  • Loss of travel documents up to Rs 12,500
  • Baggage Damage cover of up to INR 5000
NA
Fuel Surcharge Waiver 1% up to INR 500

in a month

1% up to INR 250

in a month

1% up to INR 250

in a month

 

 

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