HDFC Bank joined hands with Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s travel programme, to launch the ‘Marriott Bonvoy HDFC Bank Credit Card’, India’s first co-branded hotel credit card. The co-branded credit card will run on the Diners Club network, part of the Discover Global Network. The card has been in the making for a couple of years, and finally, we got a peep into the features of the card.
The Marriott Bonvoy HDFC Bank credit card leverages the strengths of the two brands, offering consumers travel benefits, including Silver Elite Status with Marriott Bonvoy, which comes with benefits such as priority late checkout, exclusive member rates, Marriott Bonvoy bonus points and much more.
On the occasion, Ms. Ranju Alex, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International, said,
“We are excited to launch our first Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit card in India, following successful launches in Japan and South Korea. With the potential to open the world of travel to a new generation of Indian explorers, the combination of benefits from two powerful brands underscores our commitment to providing members with more ways to earn through everyday purchases. More importantly, this collaboration accentuates our holistic vision of hospitality and allows us to add personalised benefits for our members, that extend beyond hotel stays.
Mr. Parag Rao, Country Head – Payment Business, Consumer Finance, Technology and Digital Banking, HDFC Bank, commented,
We are pleased to introduce India’s first co-branded hotel credit card in partnership with Marriott Bonvoy. This collaboration reflects our commitment to providing innovative financial solutions that cater to the evolving needs of our customers. With this card, we aim to enhance the travel experiences of our valued cardholders by offering exclusive benefits, rewards, and seamless access to Marriott International’s award-winning travel program. As the leading card issuer in the country, we are excited about this new offering and believe this partnership will revolutionise the way our customers engage with the hospitality industry, enhancing their journeys and creating lasting memories.
While there won’t be another card coming out from HDFC Bank’s stable around Marriott Bonvoy right now, Mr Rao also mentioned that there is the door open if they see good uptake on this card for now. Not only that, Marriott has not entered into an exclusive arrangement with HDFC Bank, but HDFC Bank would prefer not to get into any other cards in the hospitality space just yet. However, Marriott might consider another co-brand partner at some point in time, and there is no confirmation on that as of now.
The Marriott co-brand card will be offered to customers of the bank who want to have another card against a shared limit with the bank.
HDFC Bank and Marriott Bonvoy today launched the first co-branded credit card promoting hotel loyalty in India. The card is a modest INR 3000 + taxes, and offers a free night (up to 15K points) and 10 Elite Night Credits. You can read more about the product here.
What do you think of the newly launched Marriott Bonvoy HDFC Bank Credit Card?
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