National Bank Financial Group1 enhances Platinum MasterCard

Montreal, 11 May 2009 - 

Effective May 1, National Bank Financial Group enhances its Platinum MasterCard issued by National Bankby adding new benefits. Platinum cardholders will now be covered for hospital and medical travel insurance. They will also be entitled to receive three additional cards, and the maximum “Car Rental“ insurance coverage is now extended from 31 to 48 consecutive days.

The Platinum MasterCard also offers a generous À la carte rewards plan that allows you to earn 1.5 points for every dollar spent, which you can then exchange for a vast selection of rewards: exciting entertainment, brand name items and gift certificates. Remember that Platinum cardholders can also use their points to travel, allowing them to choose the travel agency, destination and airline, and even benefit from last-minute deals!  

New cardholders who apply for a National Bank Platinum MasterCard credit card before July 31, 2009, will receive a FREE companion ticket with the purchase of a primary ticket to London, Paris or Orlando2. Details of the offer are available at www.nbc.ca/platinum.

1- National Bank Financial Group is a brand used by National Bank of Canada.

2- Subject to credit approval by National Bank. The promotion is valid from May 1 to July 31, 2009. This offer applies to individuals who do not hold a National Bank Platinum MasterCard and may not be combined with other offers from the À la carte Rewards travel agency and/or the National Bank. Companion tickets are limited to one per account opened. Reservations for primary and companion tickets must be made through the À la carte Rewards travel agency. Ticket reservations must to the same destination in economy class and on the same dates. Reservations for the primary ticket and the companion ticket must be made by the cardholder. The primary ticket, which is not transferable, must be charged to the Platinum account and must be under the name of the principal cardholder.  Taxes and service fees are charged to the holder. Periods of non-eligibility will apply. The À la carte Rewards travel agency, a division of Transat Distribution Canada Inc., holds a Quebec permit. Although departures are possible from Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver, not all points destination are available from these points of departure. For more information, you can go to www.nbc.ca/platinum or contact the À la carte Rewards travel agency.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009, is an integrated group that provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. The National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has close to $137 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,199 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at www.nbc.ca.

Information (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.):

Denis Dubé
Senior Manager – Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644