The only wild card I still have was issued before 10/2010 - I never did receive a replacement though the old card still had 7 months on it, and it has since expired. I too am required to buy the International Wild Card, and never did receive any of the magazines (unless I picked them up at camp reception).
I am concerned that even if I renew and pay for a new international card, I will not receive it before we travel to Kruger in October. From personal past experience and from reading the continuing concerns of other forum members. Of course, if I pay for the card at the gate, I still won't get a card, until sometime in the future.
I'm in similar situation, norman, my last card was renewed end of September 2010 and expired end of September 2011. While they did eventually send me a 'new' card, it only arrived after I'd left for SA last year AND because of their 'personalisation', it listed my name in a way that I object to (I have 3 initials but their 'system' only allows for 2 or 1) and in order to change that, they wanted me to mail the card back to them
This year, what I plan to do is buy a totally new card on line about a week before I leave, so I will have the confirmation letter, which is all I need and is easier to keep track of that a CC receipt (plus my details will be in the system). So long as I have the confirmation letter, it really doesn't matter whether I ever receive the personalised card — which I think is a waste anyway. IMO the old Infinity system was FAR preferable!
All the bother of trying to link old and new card details (because they can't keep the same card number for some reason
) seems to me rather too much bother. Easier just to buy a totally separate new card, since in any case there are no loyalty points or other benefits to transfer.
So (forgive my rant, I'm really fed up with the 'problems' with this new WildCard), what I'd suggest is that you buy your WildCard on line before you leave, print out your confirmation letter and you'll be all set.