Those who often travel around the world are likely to be interested in UAE credit cards specifically aimed at globetrotters. These credit cards have been designed for the exclusive use of frequent travellers and come with a wide array of benefits, from free cab rides to great deals on accommodation and air miles.
The best credit cards for travel in the UAE include the Najm Voyager Signature Credit Card, the Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card, the ADIB Etihad Gold Card, the HSBC Platinum Select Credit Card and the ADCB Traveller Credit Card.
The Najm Voyager Signature Credit Card is provided by Majid Al Futtaim (Najm) and offers a range of benefits, including access to the best golf clubs around the world and more than 550 airport lounges, half-price dining, and two-for-one tickets and popcorn at VOX cinemas. Voyager rewards, of which 900 points are included as a sign-up bonus, can be redeemed for dining, shopping and travelling expenses, plus more. The card requires a minimum salary of AED 15,000 and has interest rates of 3.25% and an annual fee of AED 499.
The Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card offers a number of options for consistent travellers, including reward points for all spent USD, which can be redeemed for cash as well as a 12% discount on hotel bookings that are made via hotels.com. Free access to over 900 airport lounges and exclusive golf clubs are also offered, as is complimentary access all over the world to any Fitness First Health Club, a two-for-one movie deal and 50% off VOX cinemas on a Saturday. The card requires a minimum salary of AED 30,000 and has interest rates of 3.45% and an annual fee of AED 1,575 (though the first year is free).
The ADIB Etihad Gold Card offers travellers some amazingly indulgent benefits, including a free ticket for a fellow traveller, access to over 500 of the best airport lounges in the world, and 35,000 Etihad Guest miles upon sign-up (with those guest miles redeemable for shopping, movie tickets, travel and more). The minimum earnings that the card requires is AED 5,000, and it has interest rates of 2.99% and an annual fee of AED 1,000.
The HSBC Platinum Select Credit Card offers incredible exclusive discounts and air miles. Benefits include four air miles on every 1 AED spent with the card, two-for-one offers at VOX cinemas, free valet parking benefits, 12% discounts on AGODA bookings, as much as AED 1,000 cash back, and discounts on airport dining via Dragon Pass Dine & Fly. The minimum salary required by the card is AED 5,000, and it has interest rates of 2.99% with no annual fees at all.
The ADCB Traveller Credit Card is a speciality card for travellers with a number of discounts, including 20% off flight tickets when booked with the card via cleartrip.ae, free access to over 750 global airport lounges and golf clubs, a 20% discount on taxi cab rides, 20% off hotels all over the world (with selected hotels offering complimentary stays), free credit shield and travel insurance, and a 10-15% discount at Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The minimum salary to get the card is AED 20,000, and it has interest rates of 3.25% and an annual fee of AED 1,000.