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Platinum MC Upgraded

MasterCard is expanding its successful Platinum MasterCard Collection to add exceptional values for its cardholders in the areas of travel, retail, dining, sports and entertainment.

The Platinum MasterCard Collection program was initiated early in 1998, and now is available through 30 member issuers in 15 geographic markets around the world. The Platinum card is targeted at the upscale consumer, and offers a wide array of benefits, including:

–Access to preferred reservation systems at Relais Gourmand restaurants;

–Room upgrades and other values from global and regional lodging partners such as Hyatt International, Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts, Relais & Chateaux and Shangri-La Hotels;

–Access to Vail Resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone;

–Access to the worlds best golf courses through Inter-Golf;

–Access to Sunsail, the worlds largest yacht charter company;

–Retail shopping and cultural opportunities in the worlds great cities;

–Priority access to Formula One racing events, major league baseball programs and select PGA events.

Additional benefits include a high credit limit, concierge service, upscale rewards programs, global cash access, a year-end account summary, travel insurance, MasterCard Global Service, and access to airport lounges around the world. The card carries a distinctive P design that will be immediately recognizable to the Platinum MasterCard Collection partners at the point-of-sale.

MasterCard can be reached through its Web site at

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