Banking group FNB says it will add a host of new features to eBucks and FNB Connect, including access to educational tools, more rewards partners and the addition of smart home devices to its store.
Through the eBucks platform, the group will provide families access to new learning tools and, also subscribe to an audio library of African stories. Banking clients, meanwhile, can access a bus ticketing system and earn rewards from luxury beauty brands and discounts for restaurants and entertainment providers.
FNB is also adding to its portfolio of FNB Connect products, including fixed wireless LTE packages and smart home deals on its banking app.
“These new solutions and partnerships are part of our ongoing effort to provide more value to our customers,” said Raj Makanjee, CEO of FNB Retail. “They will go a long way towards helping customers reduce the rising burden of household expenses, particularly for necessities such as education, travel, home improvements and affordable data.”
The new eBucks and FNB Connect features are:
Education support with Extramarks
FNB is giving customers a complimentary subscription for interactive learning support from Grade R to 12 valued at over R2,000.
Customers can activate this service under eBucks on the FNB and RMB Private Bank apps.
Subscribe to the BiB audio library
Customers can now use the FNB and RMB Private Bank apps to subscribe to an audio library with an exhaustive selection of authentic African books and audio series for R159.99 per month, FNB said.
The offer also includes an exchange of one to four titles. Payment can be in rands or eBucks, with an average book price of R250 and even less for children’s books.
Buy bus tickets with eBucks and QuickBus
The addition of QuickBus to the travel options on the FNB or RMB Private Bank apps allows customers to compare, book, and pay for bus trips with major bus operators across the African continent via a trusted platform.
QuickBus offers trips across 6,500 African destinations with over 100 bus operators, and customers can pay in rands, save money by paying with eBucks, or use a combination of rands and eBucks.
The new offering complements the existing travel offering, which includes discounted flights, car rentals, and access to SLOW Lounges for qualifying customers. The travel options are accessible via eBucks on the FNB and RMB Private Bank apps.
eBucks rewards with ARC
Customers who hold FNB’s Premier Account could earn up to 15% back in eBucks and FNB Private Clients, FNB Private Wealth, and RMB Private Bank transactional accounts could earn up to 30% back in eBucks when making point of sale or online purchases from any ARC stores across the country.
Customers will also be able to spend their eBucks from September.
ARC offers over 100 luxury beauty brands across skincare, makeup, fragrance, body, grooming and accessories, with brands like HUDA BEAUTY, CHANEL, Dermalogica, Atkinsons, Fenty Beauty and more.
FNB customers will now be able to register, view and activate their restaurant Entertainer deals on the FNB and RMB Private Bank apps.
Entertainer is a ‘buy one and get one free’ provider of dining, restaurants and various other entertainment offerings.
FNB Connect Wireless LTE plans
New LTE offers are available as a Top Up plan on a month-to-month basis for retail and select business customers.
The plans provide larger volumes of data to power customers’ needs. Customers can use this data in; a Smart device (phone or tablet), MiFi (mobile Wi-Fi) or router.
FNB Connect wireless LTE plans include:
- 5GB at R89 per for individual customers, R84 for business clients
- 10GB at R139 for individual customers, R130 for business clients
- 20GB at R199 for individual customers, R190 for business clients
- 30GB at R299 for individual customers, R280 for business clients
- 50GB at R449 for individual customers, R420 for business clients
FNB Connect Smart Home Deals
The ‘Smart Home Deals’ on the FNB App are a new partnership between FNB Connect and ring – a provider of high-tech home security solutions and accessories – and electronics group Xiaomi.
Products include home security systems and a host of smart devices like air fryers, air purifiers, and vacuums.
To access the ‘Smart Home Deals’, customers click on Product Shop on the FNB App and go to Connect Shop.