Royal MasterCard from SBS World Service reviews?

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Royal MasterCard from SBS World Service reviews?

Postby AlexTrofimov » Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:51 am

Does anyone know anything about the Royal MasterCard from SBS World Service? I received a brochure and invitation for the card and it sounds like it comes with great benefits (24-hour PA, no spending limit, premium insurance, a rewards programme). Any additional info or reviews about the card would be great. Thank you!


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Postby Cucumber » Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:01 pm

The Royal Mastercard is a UK credit card right? Sorry but I don't know much about it then.
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Postby SergeyYakimov » Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:37 am

I have been a Royal cardholder for 3 years now and I have always been impressed by the level of service that comes with the card. I used to have a Centurion and I can tell you that the Royal MasterCard has more benefits and faster service. I think the reason you can't find reviews about it is because it is only given to a very elite few. I was recommended by my brother and after a preliminary meeting with SBS World Service, I was given an invitation to apply for the card. Within a week or two, I was mailed the card and a welcome package. The Personal Assistant service is the best I have ever had - she can take care of my travel requirements, restaurant bookings and entertainment needs any hour or day of the week, no matter where I am in the world. In my opinion, this is the card's most valuable service. On top of that, there are numerous travel benefits that I take advantage of - 50% off at 5-star resorts and hotels and the travel insurance that comes with the card is one of the best, offering cash back for lost luggage. Above all, I think that the attention to detail and personalized service that I get with the Royal Card is what makes it such a great card. Hope this information help.

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Postby AlexTrofimov » Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:18 am

Hello and thank you for the above information. Sergey, this is particularly helpful to hear from someone who actually has the card. It sounds like you have had a great experience. I had another meeting with SBS World Service yesterday and they have given me the application form and invited me to apply. I also found that my name was recommended to them by an existing member who happens to be an old colleague of mine. You make a good point about there not being a lot of information out there and when I asked about this they did confirm that membership is restricted to a select few and that they do this so that they keep the service levels at a high standard. I am happy to hear that this seems to be the case based on your positive experience with the service and benefits. Seems like SBS World Service would rather service a few clients than the masses, which makes this card highly interesting for me.

Cucumber - I was told that the Royal MasterCard is an international card. This makes sense since they explained to me that the PA assistance & travel benefits that come with the card are applicable anywhere in the world.

Thanks again for your much appreciated replies.

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Postby SergeyYakimov » Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:17 am

Happy I could be of help, Alex. I know how daunting it can be choosing a card, especially in the case of a card like this and the fact there's no information out there. When I first heard about Royal Mastercard, I checked this forum and many others and found nothing, it really is some kind of hidden secret! Just wanted to mention another thing I liked - when I received the card, I also received a free mobile phone (I chose BlackBerry but they offered other choices) with a Vodaphone SIM card that works worldwide. I also received a Mont Blanc set. Each year on my birthday, I always recieve a nice gift from SBS World Service - a camera, Cartier travel watch, a Bottega travel set. Pretty nice extra perks on top of the card benefits. Good luck with your application and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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Postby AlexTrofimov » Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:44 pm

That does sound like a nice package, look forward to seeing what I get and will keep you posted!

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Postby AlexTrofimov » Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:25 am

Just an update: I've been approved for the Royal MasterCard and they also pre-approved me for a membership to their V-Lounge programme, which is a private football club. V-LOUNGE - Private Football Club Have you heard of this? Now I have a big dilemna and don't know which one to go with!

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Postby SergeyYakimov » Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:35 am

My brother actually has the V-Lounge membership. It comes with a MasterCard. He likes the membership because he is a big football fan and gets the best seats in the stadium for major tournaments. I've been with him to the last World Cup and it was amazing the service and seats we received. The card benefits from what I understand are quite similiar to Royal - a 24-hour personal assistant, hotel and resort offers, luxury car rentals, private jet and yacht charter, travel insurance...Hope that helps and good luck with your decision!

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:57 am

Sergey, your posts sound so positive that they could be an advertisement for the SBS Service Royal Mastercard. Are you sure you don't work for them?
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Postby AlexTrofimov » Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:23 am

I went with the Royal card since the V-lounge card PA/concierge is only for sports related queries. Thanks again Sergey for the info.



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