As part of its on-going drive to deliver a premium service to the bank’s executive clientele, Standard Chartered last week launched the new Platinum current account and Platinum Visa debit card.
In a statement, the bank said the new prestige facility is available to all existing and new Excel banking members who maintain a minimum balance of P10, 000 in their current account, offering free banking privileges and two percent monthly accrued interest on the account balance.
“In addition account holders enjoy an automatic overdraft facility of up to P10, 000. And because Visa is accepted worldwide the Platinum Visa debit card will give holders access to millions of ATMs worldwide, enabling them to make cash withdrawals of up to US$ 200 per day,” the statement said. “The Platinum card also comes with additional travel benefits including emergency assistance, medical referral assistance and emergency legal and translation assistance.”
A spokesperson for Standard Chartered explained that the new Platinum account was an extension of the bank’s existing Excel service which is available to all customers maintaining an accumulated deposit balance of P25,000 and over with the bank. “The Excel and Platinum facilities are driven by personal service and a one-on-one personal partnership maintained through the client’s Customer Relationship Manager.
We developed the Excel account through listening to what our clients wanted from a bank account ÔÇô superior service, extended banking hours, preferential pricing and rates and fast, easy transactions. It\s also comes with the only debit card in the country with photo ID for added security as well as emergency replacement for lost or stolen cards.”
The bank said the new Platinum account and Visa debit card were launched in style with two exclusive black-tie previews of the new James Bond movie, Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig at Riverwalk. Invited clientele enjoyed a finger buffet in the cinema foyer and were given the opportunity to win some special Bond memorabilia, before the movie screening.
New Head of Corporate Banking, Pierre Mourier, told the audience that the evening was the bank’s way of showing its appreciation to its Excel customers and of rewarding their loyalty. He also said that the Platinum account was the first of many exciting new products which the bank would be rolling out over the next few months.
Also present on the occasion were Standard Chartered’s Excel Customer Relationship Managers. The bank has 4 Excel banking centers ÔÇô Mall branch, Hamamo Centre, Game City and Francistown.