It all began in 1949 when businessman Frank McNamara arranged a dinner with guests at Major's Cabin Grill, a New York City restaurant. Once dinner was over, Frank realised he had left his wallet in his other suit. Luckily, the restaurant owner knew him and let him leave his business card as an IOU. He resolved never to face this embarrassment again.
In February 1950, Frank McNamara and his partner Ralph Schneider returned to Major's Cabin Grill. When the bill came, Frank presented a small cardboard card (a Diners Club Card) and signed for the meal. In the card industry, this event is known as the First Supper and in 1955 the Diners Club Card became the first charge card accepted by airlines.
Since then Diners Club International has grown into a highly respected global brand with a proud heritage as the world’s first charge card. It is issued in more than 200 countries and accepted by 14 million establishments around the world and in South Africa, Diners Club is recognised as one of the top franchises among the 158 in the world.
Registered details of Diners Club (SA) (PTY) Limited in association with Standard Bank of South Africa appear below:
Diners Club is an authorised financial services and registered credit provider (NCRCP983)
Diners Club South Africa
Group secretarial services
35 Symons Road
Auckland Park, 2092 Postal
Private Bag X67