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Premium Sotheby's Credit Cards Give Access to the Art World

This summer Sotheby's will launch premium rewards credit cards for art lovers: the Sotheby's World Elite MasterCard and Sotheby's World MasterCard. They are focused on personalized experiences over material goods. The cardholders will be able to get access to prestigious cultural events and make donations to U.S. museums. The partnerships with cultural institutions and a vast range of luxurious benefits make this program unique on the credit card market.

Sotheby's credit cards are targeted at those who earn over $250,000 a year. People with such income do not need free merchandise or air line tickets as a reward: they can buy them without great losses to their wealth. They are more interested in unique experiences that the credit cards can give.

Sotheby's plastics can be used at over 25 million locations worldwide that accept MasterCard. The credit card holders can choose a design of their plastic themselves: it can be a standard design or a painting by such artists as Claude Monet, Frida Kahlo, Rene Magritte, and Canaletto.

The rewards program is connected with Sotheby's business. The company is engaged in art auctions and private sales for people who can afford to spend big amounts of money on pieces of art. So the main direction of Sotheby's reward program is the benefits for people who value art and luxurious services.

An important part of the rewards program is the partnership with famous museums. Sotheby's credit card holders will receive free admission to participating museums all over the United States: Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; the Asia Society and Museum in New York, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; the National Museum of Women in the Arts and many other institutions. They can take three guests with them. In addition, the rewards credit cards provide access to private exhibitions at Sotheby's.

Along with museums, Sotheby's World Elite MasterCard and Sotheby's World MasterCard allow visiting a contemporary artist's studio and see how the works of art are created. You can meet such artists as William Wegman and John Currin and become an eyewitness of creating masterpieces.

Then, you will also get subscription to Sotheby's exclusive magazine, Preview, featuring the best of Sotheby's seasonal auctions.

The Sotheby's credit cards allow users to make donations to participating art museums. The credit card issuer will convert rewards points into cash donations. You can support a cultural institution of your choice. This option will allow museums to get additional money for renovation and new exhibits.

The other rewards include numerous luxurious travel-related benefits like helicopter tours, complimentary upgrades to business class on international flights, access to airport lounges, Mediterranean cruises on a chartered yacht, villa stays in the South of France, private jet flights, golf games with a PGA star, three days in Italy driving a different Ferrari each day.

Having a Sotheby's plastic in your pocket gives you access to exclusive opportunities. However, if you do not meet the requirements to get approved for the credit card - you still can visit museums and make donations to them. The love for art does not depend on the amount of money you earn.


Melinda Mayes
05:39 AM, March 21, 2008
An income of $250,000 a year? I guess they won't issue many plastics!
Tracy Anderson
02:47 AM, April 09, 2008
A new toy for rich people :)
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