Discovery Bank launches integrated travel booking platform in South Africa

Discovery Bank recently launched Vitality Travel, an integrated travel booking service with discounts and simplified travel management.
The Complete Travel Offering is the world’s first shared-value travel platform that channels behavioral savings into savings on flights, vacation accommodations, car rentals and vacation packages.

“Vitality Travel further increases the value customers get by continuing to monetize positive health and financial behaviors,” said Hylton Kallner, CEO of Discovery Bank.

“The new travel offering combines Discovery Bank’s digital payments and platform capabilities with Vitality’s rewards expertise and partner network to access a world of travel offerings in a way particularly practical.”

Vitality Travel offers its customers a unified platform to view, book and modify flights, vacation accommodations and car rentals. Customers can easily compare travel prices in the market and benefit from discounts with a wide range of travel partners. Reservations are payable directly from a customer’s Discovery Bank account or with Miles which customers earn by managing their health and money well.

Vitality Travel allows Discovery Bank customers to book – with personalized discounts – directly on the Discovery Bank website, where they have access to all local and international airlines, which currently includes five local and three international airline partners at discounted rates, plus discounts at over 1,000 vacation accommodations and car rental services, and soon also vacation packages.

“We are building an integrated travel ecosystem to cover all aspects of planning a travel experience within Discovery Bank, from reservations to Priority Fast Track service at the airport and lounge access. Our recently launched Forex accounts offer real-time access to foreign currencies in the palm of your hand with a multi-currency card to use when traveling abroad, and we will soon be offering visa applications and travel insurance integration says Kallner.

Easily manage travel bookings

Vitality Travel provides access to all airlines and over 40 local and regional air destinations with new partners FlySafair, Airlink and Lift for local flights, in addition to existing partners kulula.com and British Airways operated by Comair.

International flight partners Emirates, British Airways and Qantas are integrated into the platform.

Accommodation options include hotels, apartments and local hunting lodges.

Customers will also soon have access to a digital safe to store important documents, obtain free travel insurance and purchase additional travel cover when booking international flights with a Discovery Bank card.

Additional travel benefits are available to eligible Discovery Bank Black and Purple cardholders to use Discovery Bank Priority Fast Track at OR Tambo and Cape Town International airports and to access over 1,200 airport lounges worldwide.

Dinesh Govender, CEO of Discovery Vitality, says, “The beauty of Vitality Travel is that it’s completely secure and easy to use, with all your travel needs taken care of through one platform. It really makes it possible to go anywhere and have an affordable travel experience, as a reward for your positive behavior.”

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