Travel the world in style with new Visa card range from Abbey International

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A major new range of Visa cards, including Platinum and Visa Infinite, has been launched today by Jersey based bank, Abbey International. The bank has partnered with Visa, AXA Insurance and Airport Angel to offer an extensive package of insurance, travel and lifestyle services for international business and leisure travellers.

An exciting new range of Visa cards has today been launched by Jersey based bank, Abbey International,website http://www.abbeyinternational.com. The bank has partnered with Visa, AXA Insurance and Airport Angel to offer an extensive package of insurance, travel and lifestyle services as part of its new Platinum and Visa Infinite deferred debit cards.

Benefits available include international private medical insurance, travel insurance covering luggage theft and delays and a bespoke personal concierge service which can even source a nanny or a cleaner, which could be particularly useful if cardholders are travelling.

Jane Matthews, Head of Client Experience at Abbey International comments, "Our new range of Visa deferred debit cards are the result of careful planning and research into the real needs of the international traveller, whether they are abroad on business or for pleasure. We have put considerable effort into personalising the range of services at the point when they are needed, such as multi lingual help with medical treatment, if a cardholder or their family fall ill whilst abroad. At the other end of the scale, the Visa Infinite package can even find you a nanny to babysit while you are away or arrange for an exclusive personal shopping experience."

The new Platinum and Visa Infinite cards are only available to holders of Abbey International's popular Gold account. The Gold account already offers multi currency banking in sterling, euros and US dollars, as well as interest on credit balances and a comprehensive online banking package to enable clients to conduct banking online 24/7 from anywhere in the world. The Gold Account can also be linked to a Monthly Offshore Saver Account to combine the flexibility of a current account with guaranteed fixed rate savings.

The Platinum card has been developed for clients who regularly travel for business or pleasure, offering a high value and wide ranging package of benefits, whilst the Visa Infinite card sets new standards in bespoke personal services, with personal assistants on call from anywhere in the world to help with anything from travel, accommodation or restaurant planning. Benefits also include free use of Visa's one-stop online travel store and Abbey International and Visa Infinite have even partnered with a leading authority on philanthropy to produce a unique and specially commissioned guide to effective giving.

Jane Matthews ends, "Our Gold account is at the centre of a powerful range of accounts and services which are designed to meet the most demanding needs of international clients everywhere. Multi currency internet banking, competitive interest savings rates and now the new Platinum and Visa Infinite cards bring together a range of exceptional account services, insurance and protection. Moreover, subject to balance requirements being met, cardholders can offset any monthly fee, so the suite of benefits can be entirely free of charge."

For further information on banking with Abbey International on Jersey call + 44 (0)1534 885000 or log onto http://www.abbeyinternational.com

For media use only and not to be relied on by consumers to make financial decisions.

Notes to Editors:

Abbey International is located in Jersey, a secure, well-established and politically stable financial centre, which is renowned internationally for its high standards of regulation. Jersey's unique constitution and relationship with the British Crown dates back hundreds of years. This provides for a unique legal and neutral tax system that can provide significant wealth planning opportunities for the international investor.

Abbey international has a minimum balance entry requirement of £50,000 (or currency equivalent) across our portfolio of products. The minimum balance amount can be spread across a range of accounts, subject to the minimum opening deposit for each account being met.

All deposits carry the full and unconditional guarantee of Abbey National plc, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of the Santander Group.

Santander has more than 150 years' experience in banking and more branches worldwide than any other international bank. Together, Abbey and Santander are committed to serving our customers, helping you make the most of your money. In 2008, Abbey won the Euromoney 'Best UK Bank' award, and Santander won the Euromoney 'Best Global Bank' award.

Abbey and Santander
Banco Santander, S.A., (SAN.MC, STD.N), headquartered in Madrid, engages primarily in commercial banking with complementary activities in global wholesale banking, cards, asset management and insurance. Santander had over EUR 1.079 trillion in funds under management at Sept. 30, 2008, from more than 80 million customers* served through more than 13,000 branches - more branches than any other international bank. Founded in 1857, Santander is the largest financial group in Spain and Latin America and has a significant presence in Western Europe and in the United Kingdom, through its Abbey subsidiary. In the first nine months of 2008, Santander registered €6,935 million in attributable net profit, an increase of 16% from 2007, excluding capital gains.

In Latin America, (excluding Banco Real) Santander manages over US$200 billion in business volumes (loans, deposits, mutual funds, pension funds and managed funds) through 4,638 branches. In the first nine months of 2008, (excluding Banco Real) Santander reported EUR 2,167 million in net attributable income in Latin America.

*] Includes, Alliance & Leicester, Bradford & Bingley savings and Banco Real.

For more information, see http://www.santander.com.

Media Contacts:
Guy Stephenson/Jennifer Duffy
Nacelle Ltd
020 8333 9125
gstephenson @ nacelle.co.uk

Jane Matthews, Abbey International, Head of Marketing & Business Development
01534 828137
Jane.matthews @ abbeyinternational.com

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