Friday 13 June 2008

Jet off to South-East Asia for the Ultimate Shopping Experience,

This winter, your wardrobe upgrade is only one flight away. With the MasterCard Priceless Upgrade, all travellers flying from Australia to Singapore or Bangkok with British Airways will be able to upgrade one leg of their trip when purchasing their tickets with their MasterCard cards.

Whether flying World Traveller economy, World Traveller Plus premier economy, Club World business class or First class – all passengers will get an upgrade without having to ask. Tickets must be purchased between June 1st and July 15th 2008 for travel from Sydney between June 1st and November 30th 2008.

"Travelling in style – and on a budget – to one of the world's premier shopping regions is every fashionista's dream come true," said Michelle Pilot, vice president, brand marketing, Australasia, MasterCard Worldwide.

From 23rd May to 30th July 2008 – whether you want to check out the latest trends in fashion and home interiors or are just in need of some retail therapy – get ready for an island-wide mega sale unlike any before, with irresistible discounts of up to 70% during the Great Singapore Sale. Scour the shops from downtown Orchard Road to Marina Bay for pampering treats and an astounding array of items ranging from fashion, watches, jewellery and consumer electronics – including luxury brands.

And when you find yourself exhausted after all this window-shopping, fuel your empty stomach with all the fabulous food this popular destination has to offer. To find out how shopping at the Great Singapore Sale gets even more rewarding with MasterCard, visit

"Bangkok is also another fantastic South-East Asian destination," said British Airways regional general manager Roger Burr, "and has long enticed travellers with its breathtaking ancient temples, delicious cuisine, huge shopping malls and vibrant nightlife – perfect for long weekend getaways."

And with your MasterCard card, the only restriction on your next shopping holiday is your imagination. MasterCard is accepted at more than 26 million locations worldwide and serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. The MasterCard Global Service™ also helps you with card-related emergencies (lost or stolen cards, emergency cash advances, locating an ATM, etc) wherever you go – anywhere in the world. One toll-free call puts you in touch with a representative who speaks your language, 24/7, 365 days a year.

The MasterCard Priceless Upgrade promotion is available to all MasterCard cardholders and redeemable on daily flights to Singapore and Bangkok.

Further details of the upgrade offer can be found at and tickets can be purchased through your AFTA travel agent or call British Airways on 1300 767 177. Terms & Conditions Apply.


1 Travel permitted from Sydney and Melbourne / Brisbane / Adelaide via Sydney on Qantas operated domestic services.

About MasterCard Worldwide
MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes over 18 billion transactions each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial institution customers and merchants. Through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro® and Cirrus®, MasterCard serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories.
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About British Airways
British Airways has a worldwide route network that covers more than 150 destinations in 75 countries. British Airways is one of the world\'s largest international airlines carrying approximately 36 million passengers around the world every year. This year (2008), British Airways was awarded best transatlantic and best business class airline by frequent travellers from across the world at the Official Airline Guide (OAG) Airline of the Year Awards. British Airways' new home at London Heathrow's Terminal 5 opened on March 27, 2008. The new terminal is capable of handling 30 million customers a year. The airline's move to Terminal 5 will be complete by October 2008. When all flights have moved into Terminal 5 we will be handling approximately 510 flights every day. For further information on British Airways visit

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