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Merrill+ VISA

Finally there is a credit card that might impress the maitre d’. The new, black “Merrill+ VISA” offers a credit limit up to $250,000, free nights at The Ritz-Carlton, and free upgrades on international tickets with British Airways. The benefits are tiered with “+Benefits” available to all cardholders; “+2 Benefits” for those charging $20,000 or more annually; and, “+3 Benefits” for those charging $50,000 or more annually. Examples of “+ benefits” include complimentary spa services when you stay at leading destinations such as Canyon Ranch and New Age Health Spa (+Level), a two-category upgrade on the “World’s Leading Cruise Lines” (+2Level), and three complimentary nights at The Ritz-Carlton and business-to-first upgrades on international tickets with British Airways (+3Level). Under the program, cardholders earn one “+Point” for every dollar charged and there is no cap on the points you can earn. The card, issued through MBNA, offers two pricing options: 5.9% APR on purchases, cash advances, and balance transfers or 0% APR on cash advances, and balance transfers for 12 months and 7.9% APR for purchases. For more information visit: “www.card.ml.com”:www.card.ml.com

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