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Staying connected on the road is a requirement, whether your travels keep you domestic or you head international. MasterCard has teamed up with Boingo Wireless to offer card members free access to over one million hotspots worldwide.
The new offer comes after MasterCard research found that free Wi-Fi access is one of the most sought after perks—MasterCard Group Head of Global Products and Platforms for Loyalty Solutions Marti Beller stated that, “To have unlimited access to over one million Wi-Fi hotspots is a good engagement- and loyalty-inspiring benefit. There will be more to come in the next few months.”
The MasterCard-Boingo promotion initially rolls out to cardholders from seven countries; Argentina, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The offer is currently available to select HSBC cardholders, although the company is currently in discussions with other MasterCard issuers and plans to extend the service soon.
You can check on the Boingo website if your card is eligible for free Wi-Fi access by entering your card number. For a full breakdown of the offer from Boingo and MasterCard, you can visit the free Wi-Fi offer page.
Once you have verified that you are eligible for the offer, you can visit the Boingo hotspot search page, to find the nearest hotspot to you, or to do some pre-travel planning to find hotspots in the vicinity of places you will be visiting.
Amex was first into this field, but seeing an expansion to MasterCard is excellent. Sure, access isn't extended to U.S. cardholders at this time, but maybe we'll see it in the future.
Card issuers are vying for our business, and additional features/functionality only improve their chances of grabbing our attention.
Source: The Points Guy/Joe Cortez
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