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More banks offer airport lounge access as perk

Lounges are becoming more popular with travellers and banks know just the way to pamper their customers.
December 2, 2012
By: Karamjit Kaur
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More banks offer airport lounge access as perk The Rainforest Loungue at Terminal 1 of Changi Airport.

SINGAPORE - Whether they are checking work e-mails in transit or simply relaxing with a drink before a flight, travellers who use airport lounges are growing in number.

At Changi, this trend has spurred more banks to provide access to these facilities as a perk for valued customers.

Nearly 10 banks - including Standard Chartered, OCBC, ANZ and DBS - have tie-ups either with lounge operators or through other partners.

Although the banks declined to reveal numbers, they said such lounges are becoming more popular with travellers.

OCBC is among a handful of banks offering top-tier clients the chance to use the JetQuay luxury terminal.

Only its Elite World Card holders - who typically earn more than $250,000 each a year - are eligible for the benefit, said head of core cards and lifestyle usage Renee Ker.

Travellers using JetQuay - which also offers a dedicated Customs and immigration facility - usually pay a $350 charge that covers a buggy ride to or from the aircraft gate.

ANZ, which works with ground-handling company Sats, started offering its customers lounge access earlier this year, said head of affluent banking Philip Lim.

He said the perk had been "very well-received" and the take-up rate had increased.

ANZ offers selected customers complimentary airport limousine services as well.

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