SYDNEY and MCLEAN, Va. - A recent survey of credit card behaviour has revealed Australians remain passionate about travel, with almost half the population (46 percent) heading overseas at least once a year and 53 percent interested in a card that provides travel-related rewards. Surveying 1,000 people across Australia, the study, also found that over a quarter of people (27 percent) don't receive any rewards from their credit card and one in ten (13 percent) are unaware of what benefits their card offers. Hilton Worldwide commissioned the study as the hospitality company continues the launch of its Hilton HHonors Macquarie Platinum Card.

  • 65% of Australians say the associated rewards are important when choosing a credit card
  • 56% of Australians are interested in travel related rewards, however less than half (45%) have a card that provides them
  • 40% of Australians either don't receive any rewards from their current credit card or aren't aware of what they are provided

"From exploring overseas destinations to enjoying holidays closer to home, travel is still clearly a major priority for people across Australia," said Mark Weinstein, vice president, commercial services strategy, loyalty programs & partnerships, Hilton Worldwide.

"We believe in enriching the travel experience, especially by providing exclusive services, and benefits for our Hilton HHonors members. This survey revealed that more than half of Australians (56 percent) are interested in a credit card with travel-related benefits, but less than 45 percent have a card that provides them. Whether paying for groceries or booking an international trip, our Hilton HHonors Macquarie Platinum cardholders are one step closer to sharing their next travel experience with family and friends."

The survey provided insights on topics including travel purchases, desired destinations, use of travel rewards and when and where Australians are travelling. The survey also showed that Australians aged 18-34 were the most interested in the associated rewards provided by a credit card, with 75 percent considering them an important factor and 62 percent interested specifically in travel-related rewards, such as loyalty program points and travel insurance.

As a part of this commitment, Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide's 10 distinct hotel brands, and Macquarie Bank have launched the Hilton HHonorsTM Macquarie Platinum Card.

Designed to turn everyday spending into unforgettable travel experiences, cardholders receive a range of travel based rewards and benefits including:

  • Earning reward weekend night certificates for stays at thousands of hotels in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio.
  • Automatic HHonors Gold Status, which includes complimentary space-available room upgrades at select hotels, complimentary guest Internet access, choice of complimentary breakfast or additional HHonors Bonus Points at select hotels, plus a 25 percent bonus on all Base Points earned.
  • Four HHonors Bonus Points for every $1 spent on hotel stays at more than 4,000 hotels within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio and one HHonors Bonus Point for every $1 spent on all other eligible purchases.
  • Complimentary overseas travel insurance and interstate flight inconvenience insurance when cardholders use the card to pay for their travel.

Tony Graham, Head of Personal Banking at Macquarie said: "The Hilton HHonorsTM Macquarie Platinum Card has a range of benefits that are well-suited to our nation of frequent and enthusiastic travellers, whether this is earning rewards to make their holiday aspirations possible or providing peace of mind that they have features including complimentary insurance and global acceptance wherever in the world their travels might take them."

For further insights from the survey or for more information, contact:

Prue O'Donoghue
E: prue.odonoghue@edelman.com
Ph: 03 9944 7635/0400 054 199

Contact:
Blake Rouhani
Hilton Worldwide
+ 1 703 883 6615
blake.rouhani@hilton.com
news.hiltonhhonors.com

Audrey Wong
Hilton Worldwide - Asia Pacific
+65 6833 9763
audrey.wong@hilton.com

About Macquarie Bank Limited
Macquarie Bank Limited is a subsidiary of Macquarie Group Limited and is regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority as an Authorised Deposit-Taking Institution.

Macquarie Group (Macquarie) is a global provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. Macquarie's main business focus is making returns by providing a diversified range of services to clients.

Founded in 1969, Macquarie operates in more than 70 office locations in 28 countries and employs approximately 13,900 people. Assets under management total approximately $385 billion at 30 September 2013. For more information, visit www.macquarie.com.

About Hilton Honors
Hilton Honors is the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 world-class brands comprising more than 4,900 properties with over 800,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. With more than 60 million members, Hilton Honors offers hundreds of ways to earn and redeem Points. Members can redeem their Points for free nights, premium merchandise, items on Amazon Shop with Points; make charitable contributions or gain access to unique events through the Hilton Honors auction platform (honors.com/auctions), such as exclusive artist experiences and hotel concert events with Live Nation®, or race experiences with the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. The program is free to join, and travelers may enroll online by visiting www.HiltonHonors.com or connect with Hilton Honors at news.hiltonhonors.com.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 4,900 properties with over 800,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.