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Published on : Friday, June 3, 2016
As the Dragon Boat Festival short-break holiday approaches, cardholders may enjoy abundant exclusive offers and privileges when travelling abroad with UnionPay cards (card number starting with 62). Currently, UnionPay cards can be used conveniently at 34 million merchants and over 2 million ATMs in 157 countries and regions worldwide. The card service and security system is also optimized.
Domestic travel agencies disclosed that, on one hand, this holiday comes a few days after the National College Entrance Examination, and some candidates’ families are very likely to travel abroad to take a rest. On the other hand, young white-collars would like to catch the last bus for the tourist off-season. Take three days off before the holiday, they can get an eight-days-holiday; this will also give a boost to outbound traveling during the holiday.
Rich services at airports
Airport is one of the crucial places that affect tourists’ travel experience. Now, the cardholders can enjoy not only preferential discounts offered by duty-free shops but also WIFI leasing, maps in Chinese and many other services exclusive for UnionPay cards.
The other day, UnionPay International particularly launched a marketing campaign featuring “100 airport duty-free shops”, in which over 100 duty-free shops at nearly 90 airports across the world provide up to 10% discount for UnionPay cards. This campaign covers the 16 of the top 20 international airports in terms of passenger flow. It also covers 9 of the global top 10 duty-free groups, including Dufry, DFS, Lotte, LS travel retail, and World Duty Free Group. Furthermore, cardholders with overseas-issued UnionPay cards may enjoy exclusive offers at duty free shops in 8 domestic airports in Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming, etc.
Besides shopping discounts, many airports also provide considerate services for UnionPay cardholders to upgrade your travel experience. For example, at Incheon International Airport, South Korea, cardholders will get a T-money transportation card after buying airport shuttle bus tickets with UnionPay card and enjoy a deduction of KRW1500 when leasing WIFI with UnionPay card. At the Chinese Corner in Melbourne Airport, Australia, cardholders can enjoy cash discounts or exclusive privileges when paying with UnionPay cards. They can also get an extra local phone card (with 1G mobile data flow) when paying with UnionPay QuickPass card.
Optimized card-using services and security system
UnionPay cardholders can enjoy overseas tax refund, UnionPay VIP lounge, emergency cash assistance and other card-using services as always. Tourists can claim for tax refund via UnionPay cards after shopping at over 300,000 merchants worldwide with tax refund signage. The refund will be remitted directly into their UnionPay card accounts. Chinese tourists visiting Europe may also claim for tax refund after return back to China. In South Korea, cardholders can also enjoy luggage depositing, free WIFI and other value-added services at UnionPay VIP lounge.
It should be noted that when withdrawing cash abroad, the accumulative cash withdrawal with each UnionPay card issued in mainland China shall not exceed the equivalent of RMB 10,000 per day or the equivalent of RMB 100,000 per year. Cardholders are advised to take more than one UnionPay cards when traveling abroad.
Moreover, card-using safety is also important. Do not disclose your personal information when withdrawing cash or shopping at merchants. Be alert to any phone call or text message that requires money transfer or your PIN, as well as ATMs with “Maintenance” or “Out of Service” signs. Please call the issuer’s overseas service hotline for help when necessary.