Most ATM/debit cards are stripped down cash/payment cards with little extra value. However Chase Manhattan Bank is breaking away from the pack with a new set of jazzed up ATM/debit cards offering special perks and even air miles. This week Chase Manhattan Bank introduced the Gold and Platinum versions of their MasterCard debit cards. The upgrade also applies to the Chase/Continental Airlines Debit Card, as well as Chase’s Leisure Rewards loyalty program. Chase Better Banking checking customers who maintain a checking account balance of only $1000 or a combined deposit balance of $2000 will automatically receive the new Chase Gold Banking card. The new Gold benefits include free purchase protection, extended warranty coverage and emergency roadside assistance. Platinum benefits, also offered free of charge to Chase’s premier Select Banking customers, include all Gold benefits plus the opportunity to take advantage of a concierge service that makes hotel and restaurant recommendations. Customers with Platinum cards also receive a free year-end spending summary statement. Additionally, Select Banking customers may opt for the new Chase/Continental Airlines Platinum Preferred Banking Card, which offers one air mile for each dollar of debit card purchases. For more information visit www.chase.com.