NEWS & ADVICE : CREDIT CARDS
SBI credit card holders get 'flat fare' on Deccan
By Ankit Sharma
Jan 10, 2008
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Bangalore: After the recent merger of Kingfisher Airlines with Air Deccan the newly formed low cost air carrier Deccan has decided to offer a 'flat fare' for all State Bank of India (SBI) credit card holders. Aptly called the 'SBI card Flat Fare' this special offer will provide airline tickets at a flat rate of Rs.499 as the basic fare, if they use SBI credit card to for bookings.

This attractive scheme announced by Deccan will be applicable on travels from January 15 to March 31 and tickets can be booked  till March 15. Though the tickets will be available at base fare is Rs. 499, other charges like the surcharge and taxes will have to be borne by the passenger.

The offer is only valid for bookings made through the call center of Deccan, which can be reached at 39008888, by prefixing your city code to this number. According to the press released issued by Deccan there are a limited number of tickets available under this offer on a first come first serve basis and this offer cannot be clubbed with any other offer or package available with Deccan.

A tie-up with credit card providers has been the latest craze for airlines as they feel that online bookings using credit cards are catching up fast with Indian domestic passenger. Ramki Sundaram, officiating CEO Deccan, said, "SBI with its large credit card base and strong presence in every part of India was the obvious choice. This flat fare will help us widen our consumer base and offer a value addition to our customers."

Many other similar offers have been floated in recent past, which offer travel concessions to credit card holders, for example the Yatra BarclayCard. Various other airline reward credit cards are also available in the market with fabulous rewards for frequent travelers. Credit cards like Indian Airlines American Express Credit Card, Jet Airways Citibank Platinum Card, ICICI Bank King Fisher Airlines Credit Card, etc. provide free tickets and various travel benefits. However, which is the best airline reward credit card in India, for a frequent flyer will depend on his choice of career and how well he is able to convert his reward points into air-miles or free air tickets and other privileges.


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