These premium Visa cards have a range of benefits, including hotel room upgrades, late checkout, food and beverage vouchers, and discounted lounge access and airport transfer services, as well as access to concert and theatre tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
The Visa Premium portal has a list of all of the offers available to cardholders, but here are some of our favourites:
Upgrades and VIP privileges at Visa Luxury Hotel Collection properties
The Gran Meliá Fénix in Madrid, Spain. Image courtesy of Visa Luxury Hotel Collection.
This includes high-end hotels such as Shangri-La, Conrad, Mandarin Oriental and Park Hyatt. You’ll get:
- complimentary room upgrade (where available)
- 3pm late checkout
- complimentary internet
- complimentary breakfast
- $25 USD food and beverage voucher
The clearest benefits are the breakfast, free internet and $25 credit, which could add up to $75+ value on a one night stay if they were otherwise chargeable. The room upgrade and late checkout are at the hotel’s discretion, so may not yield anything.
Book through Visa Concierge or online.
This partnership with Ticketek allows Visa Premium cardholders to get access to pre-sale concert and theatre tickets about 24-48 hours prior to when they go on sale to the general public.
It’s pretty easy to register here, and then you’ll be emailed the offers.
This 24/7 concierge service can get you invites to food and wine events, and travel bookings and recommendations.
Here are the contact details:
- ANZ customers: 1300 580 765
- NAB customers: 1300 730 213
- Westpac customers: 1300 859 100
- All other customers: 1800 639 607
- Email: [email protected]
50% off annual Dragonpass lounge access membership plans
Just like with a Priority Pass membership, you can get into Singapore’s Airport Oasis with a complimentary shower facility and 20-minute fish spa treatments. Image courtesy of Dragonpass.
You can get discounted access to over 850 Dragonpass-affiliated lounges around the world with your Visa card, however getting the best value depends how many times you plan to visit the lounges.
You can choose between three one-year membership plans (all prices in USD):
- $45 membership fee + $25 entry fee each time for member and guest (50% off)
- $140 membership fee + 8 free entries + $25 extra entries for member and guest (35% off)
- $283 membership fee + unlimited entries for member + $25 for guest (35% off)
We ran the numbers, and if you plan on visiting Dragonpass lounges 15 times or less throughout the year (that would be most people’s cases), then you are better off making use of this hack that we wrote about back in June 2016.
If you plan on visiting more than 15 times in a year, though, then it works out better value to buy the unlimited plan.
10-20% off airport chauffeur services
You’ll get 10% (Platinum), 15% (Signature) or 20% (Infinite) off airport transfer services for up to six people provided by TBR Global.
You do need to make bookings at least 72 hours in advance.
Hotels.com discount (Visa Signature and Infinite only)
Save $75 USD when you spend a minimum $500 USD at Hotels.com.
Enter promotional code VISA75 at hotels.com/visapremium. There are a few terms that come with this offer unfortunately, including a list of hotels that are not included and the fact that your booking needs to be in USD.
Visa cards that Point Hacks has reviewed
The benefits mentioned in the guide above are uniform across all three types of cards (except the Hotels.com discount), so what is the difference between them?
Well, a Visa Platinum is the lowest tier, generally with the lowest annual fees but less add-on benefits like lounge access and complimentary insurance.
A Visa Signature is the next step up, with the Visa Infinite (which we only have one card here in Australia, the Citi Prestige) as the top-tier Visa card.
Visa Platinum cards
Other Visa Platinum cards include:
Visa Signature cards
Other Visa Signature cards include:
- Citi Signature Visa: includes Priority Pass lounge membership and two complimentary lounge visits
- St. George Amplify Signature Visa: includes two Qantas Club passes per year or Amplify Rewards Priority Pass membership
- Macquarie Visa Black
Visa Infinite cards
All images courtesy of Visa Premium unless specified otherwise.