CMB introduces American Express Blue Card to Mainland China

04-Nov-2016 5:56 PM

China Merchants Bank (CMB) joined American Express to launch the CMB American Express® Blue Card. The new single-network RMB credit card has an eye-catching translucent design and is crafted to cater to Chinese customers’ overseas spending needs.

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Shanghai, 27th October 2016 – Single-network RMB credit cards have become a new trend among increasingly discerning Chinese travelers. Today, China Merchants Bank (CMB) joined American Express to launch the CMB American Express® Blue Card. The new single-network RMB credit card has an eye-catching translucent design and is crafted to cater to Chinese customers’ overseas spending needs.

 

As the first local issuing partner to introduce the American Express® Blue Card to Mainland China, CMB has already launched the widest array of American Express products in the market. This new product will help CMB further reinforce its leading position in overseas markets and boost its business. Additionally, it helps both companies enhance their appeal with younger consumers by strengthening the partnership.      

 

Launching the widest array of American Express products in the local market, continuously expanding single-network RMB credit card portfolio

 

To meet Chinese customers’ increasing demands on overseas spending, CMB continues to beef up the competitiveness of its growing single-network RMB credit card portfolio. The new Card, released under the slogan “Blue Dreams, Living the World”, is tailored for aspiring young affluent consumers.        

 

In 1999, American Express introduced the Blue Card, an innovative product made up of patented transparent card materials with a stylish design. This product also offers a wide array of benefits and world-class services, making it one of the most sought-after cards among young customers around the world.  

 

Since 2012, CMB has issued the Green Card (personal/corporate), the Gold Card (personal/corporate), the Platinum Card, and the Centurion Card from American Express. With the launch of the new Card, CMB will offer the widest array of American Express products in the local market.

 

Enjoy extraordinary overseas experiences with a wide range of benefits and generous gifts

 

Card Members of the CMB American Express Blue Card will enjoy five main benefits:

·       No foreign exchange fees;

·       All transactions billed in Chinese yuan;

·       A strong merchant network around the globe;

·       Complimentary travel insurance with high limits; and

·       No annual fees.


Moreover, Card Members are also offered a wide range of privileges by American Express, such as:

·       250 yuan off for their first eligible booking at Airbnb with minimum spending of 1,000 yuan (excluding Airbnb service and cleaning fees);

·       Cash rebates on overseas online shopping of up to 15%;

·       10% Cash rebates on in-store transactions in the five most popular overseas destinations (Hong Kong, Macao, Japan, Singapore, and the United States); and

·       Special offers from leading merchants across the world;    

 

New Card Members who have not previously held a CMB credit card before can win a Samsonite travel bag or 1,000 CMB points through the CMB mobile App after their first eligible transaction. For CMB customers who have not previously had a single-network RMB credit card can get 388 CMB points through the CMB mobile App once they receive the new Card.  

 

Before 31st December 2016, new Card Members of the CMB American Express Blue Card will stand a chance to win a Stratic trolley case through lucky draw. For those who make three eligible transactions (no minimum spending required) or three repayment through CMB mobile APP will be given a special promotional code to redeem a complimentary 8-day overseas wifi service at CMB mobile App.

 

Before 30th September 2017, Card Members who spend a total of 1,500 U.S. dollars or more in a calendar quarter can redeem a complimentary airport limousine service (one-way from/to airport) for only 9 CMB points through the CMB Mobile App.   

 

Tapping into overseas markets with “one-stop” services

 

In 2002, CMB tapped into overseas market when they saw the huge potential of outbound spending in Mainland China. With 14 years of tireless efforts, CMB has ranked first among all local banks for eight consecutive years in terms of overseas billings, obtaining more than 25% market share.

 

Holding a business philosophy of “Changing for You”, CMB has built an international network extending to every corner of the globe. To provide better service experiences, CMB has upgraded its “Overseas Travel · Shopping” platform and leverage its official mobile App to offer one-stop such as visas, air tickets, hotels, entrance tickets, car rentals and WiFi. In addition, CMB also launched series of promotional campaigns including “Very Asia”, “Very US” and “Very Hong Kong”, offering customers 5% cash back on all purchases and a range of exclusive privileges.

 

The launch of the new Card demonstrates that CMB is further investing in its competitiveness in overseas markets and it will reinforce its leading market position. 

 

CMB has been widely recognized in the market for its excellent service. The introduction of the CMB American Express Blue Card will help the bank to better meet various needs of business travelers by leveraging American Express’ strong global network and more-than-a-century service experience to this customer category. In addition, it will also help the bank to further improve customers’ overseas experience and become the first choice among Chinese overseas travellers.   

 

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