Fabulous ’Partner Flies Free’ offer on SriLankan Airlines with Visa!

Added benefits for Standard Chartered Visa cardholders

Colombo, August 25. 2017: SriLankan Airlines is celebrating its 38th anniversary by giving away one thousand free return air tickets to 14 exciting destinations. The fabulous ‘Partner Flies Free’ promotion, in partnership with Visa, the global leader in payments technology offers exciting value to customers with added benefits for Standard Chartered Bank Visa cardholders.

Captain Suren Ratwatte, CEO of SriLankan Airlines, said: “SriLankan Airlines is delighted to present our customers with the largest ever promotional offer in our airline’s history, so that they may join with us in celebrating our anniversary. We are delighted to partner with Visa, the global leader in payments technology, and a well reputed international bank - Standard Chartered Bank with added value propositions for the customers.”

“It’s a privilege to join hands with the National Carrier of Sri Lanka during their 38th anniversary celebrations. The promotional offer is a fantastic way for cardholders to truly experience the benefits of using their Visa card not just to redeem your free ticket but also put it to good use at their destination of choice,” said Anthony Watson, Visa’s Country Manager in Sri Lanka.

Melbourne, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Male, Gan Island (Maldives), Seychelles, Kunming, Hong Kong, Guangzhou (Canton), Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Coimbatore are the cities included in this offer, for passengers booking tickets to fly out of Colombo. Each destination is given a set quota of seats and passengers can claim their tickets on a first-come-first-served basis.

Bookings must be made between 28th August and 6th September 2017 on SriLankan Airlines’ dedicated webpage on www.srilankan.com with any Visa credit or debit card issued in Sri Lanka, for travel between 28th August 2017 and 31st March 2018. The free tickets will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis, where groups of two or more passengers have the opportunity of getting their airfare waived off for one of the passengers.

Siva Ramachandran, Chief Commercial Officer of SriLankan Airlines, said: “Although our airline’s official anniversary falls on 1st September, we wanted an innovative method for our passengers to celebrate for many more months. Therefore we are extending the period of travel up to 31st March 2018. We have included popular destinations in several regions, including India and the Far East.”

Passengers who book with their Standard Chartered SriLankan Airlines cobranded Visa cards and Infinite Visa cards are eligible for the exclusive offer ‘Child Flies Free’, and can thus avail themselves the offer ‘Partner + Kid Flies Free’. This is tailor-made especially for families looking to spend their vacations overseas. A family of three would only be required to pay for one passenger with this offer.

Standard Chartered Bank also features a SriLankan Airlines co-branded card which avails FlySmiLes for every purchase made from the card.

About SriLankan Airlines   

SriLankan currently serves a network of 105 cities in 47 countries with a sophisticated new fleet of Airbus A330s, A320neos and A321neos, with their comfortable seating, state of the art entertainment systems, and the airline’s award-winning service. As a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance, SriLankan also offers its passengers connectivity to over 1,000 cities in 160 countries that are served by its oneworld partner airlines.

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments.

We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead of time with prepaid or pay later with credit products. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/about-visa, visacorporate.tumblr.com and @VisaNews


Visa Worldwide Development, Manager Sri Lanka & Maldives Anthony Watson(center) launching the ‘Partner Flies Free’ campaign whilst SriLankan Airlines CEO Capt. Suren Ratwatte and SriLankan Airlines–Manager eBusiness Ajith Weerasekera looks on.


Country Head, Retail Banking, Standard Chartered Bank Bingumal Thewarathanthri(center), together with  Head of Worldwide Sales & Distribution SriLankan Airlines Dimuthu Tennakoon ceremonially launching the ‘Child Flies Free’ campaign accompanied by Ajith Weerasekera – Manager eBusiness Development, SriLankan Airlines.


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