VF Taxis

VeriFone plans to expand its taxi and media services to Istanbul and throughout Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. Through this expansion, VeriFone stands to provide more than 20,000 additional taxis with secure, in-taxi and mobile payments, mobile hailing and booking, and interactive multimedia content during passenger rides.    

VeriFone expands taxi services to Istanbul and Mexico

VeriFone announced plans to expand its taxi and media services to Istanbul and throughout Mexico’s Mayan Riviera.VeriFone stands to provide more than 20,000 additional taxis with secure, in-taxi and mobile payments, mobile hailing and booking, and interactive multimedia content during passenger rides.Istanbul’s 18,000 licensed taxis will use VeriFone’s full suite of taxi payment services, including Way2ride”VeriFone’s award-winning mobile taxi app”and VeriFone’s driver-facing tablets and passenger facing payment terminals that can engage consumers with relevant content through VeriFone’s multimedia network”the VeriFone Digital Network (VNET). VeriFone expects the two-year deployment of the solutions to begin in late 2015.

Virgin America Visa Signature

Virgin America announced it will partner with Alliance Data Retail Services, which manages more than 120 private label and co-brand credit programs and is an Alliance Data Systems Corporation business, to launch a new Virgin America Visa Signature® Credit Card and a first-ever Virgin America Premium Visa Signature® Card. Both co-brand cards offer Virgin America guests and Elevate® frequent flyer program members a host of perks to make their travel experience more convenient, flexible and rewarding. Under terms of the multiyear agreement, Alliance Data will partner with Virgin America to provide a full suite of credit and marketing services for the Virgin America Visa Signature Card and will leverage its full suite of acquisition tools along with its marketing and analytics expertise to drive cardholder spend and further support one-to-one customer engagement.

Discover Ups Cashback Bonus Rewards

Discover introduced rewarding ways for cardmembers to earn Cashback Bonus this spring, cutting their spending on restaurant and movies purchases. From April 1 through June 30, Discover Cardmembers visiting the online Account Center or calling 1-800-DISCOVER (347-2683), can sign up to earn 5% Cashback Bonus on up to $1500 in restaurant and movie purchases. Discover Cardmembers also can sign up to earn 5% Cashback Bonus on up to $300 in grocery store purchases from May 1 through May 31. After reaching these spending limits, cardmembers will still automatically earn up to 1% Cashback Bonus on all purchases every time they use their cards. Increasing the cardmember rewards experience Discover is offering access to vacation getaway packages; will add Domino’s Pizza, QVC, Under Amour, Aerie and 77 Kids to its list of redemption partners; and added top name brands to its online retail website, ShopDiscover.com.

AmEx & Virgin America Partner on Rewards Program

American Express welcomes Virgin America Airlines to its Membership Rewards program, encouraging Cardmembers to transfer Membership Rewards points into Virgin America’s “Elevate” frequent flyer program. Based on a simple “points per dollar” system, “Elevate” members earn five points per dollar on their base fare and the ability to earn even more points with Virgin America’s Elevate partners. Reward flights can be earned with as few as four roundtrips or 2,500 points. This corresponds with the Virgin America-American Express two-week Facebook promotion, giving Cardmembers the chance to win prizes that include of a pair of free first-class roundtrip tickets to any Virgin America destination. Contestants upload a photo to their Facebook profile of themselves striking their best glamour pose in their favorite “plain seat”, then go to http://elevateyourseat.com to share their best shot. The top two photo submissions will win a grand prize of two First Class round-trip tickets on Virgin America and an annual Aircell Gogo WiFi pass while a random voter or “chair pose” entrant will be chosen daily through October 20 to receive two round-trip Main Cabin tickets, plus 30-day Gogo WiFi passes and three runners up who submit a photo will also receive two round-trip Main Cabin Select tickets on Virgin America and a 30-day Gogo WiFi pass.

Upromise Mastercard Helps Holiday Shoppers Budget

Sallie Mae’s “Upromise” is providing tips to save for holiday shoppers.
In addition to looking for sales and coupons, Upromise is recommending
its “World MasterCard” credit card from Bank of America. The card gives
an additional 2% back on eligible online purchases at more than 700
participating online retailers that can be directed towards education
expenses, in addition to the 1-25% members earn from online retailers by
shopping at Upromise.com and on top of the 1% cardholders earn for all
other purchases made with the Upromise credit card. Last year during the
holiday season Upromise members received $12 million in college savings
rewards from eligible holiday spending with hundreds of participating
merchants.

ValidSoft Makes Available Card Fraud Detection Software

ValidSoft is now marketing technology to improve banks’ ability to detect credit card fraud with its “VALid-POS” solution. With “VALid-POS,” credit and
debit card-issuing banks can save billions of dollars a year and reduce hassles for consumers. In doing so, the ValidSoft security solution accesses cell
phone information to determine the proximity of a card user to the actual card transaction in real-time. False positive card alerts cost banks up to $10
per case, as the bank’s fraud unit processes the transaction and calls you to try to verify its validity. The ValidSoft software determines the proximity
of the card owner’s cell phone to the actual location of the transaction. And in less than half a second, it can tell if the transaction is potentially
fraudulent or legitimate.

MasterCard and Starwood Launch a Promo

MasterCard Worldwide and Starwood Hotels & Resorts have inked a multi-year strategic partnership to provide MasterCard
cardholders discount packages for stays in Mexico and Latin America. MasterCard cardholders receive one night free when they purchase two nights or
receive 25% off on stays of 5 nights for hotels in Mexico and Latin America.
According to data from the American Society of Travel Agents, cities in
Latin America continue to be some of the most popular destinations for U.S. summer
vacationers traveling abroad this year. Cancun, Mexico is once again the
fourth most popular summer destination abroad, behind only London, Rome and
Paris. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic are also among the
top ten destinations outside the U.S. for American vacationers.

DC SALON PREMIER

Discover’s Diners Club International announced the
opening of 13 new airport lounges located in Mexico and Singapore,
bringing the total number of lounges in the Diners Club
airport lounge program to more than 130 worldwide. In Mexico, 11 new
“Salon Premier” lounges will be accessible to Diners
Club Cardmembers at airport locations in Cancun, Chihuahua, Ciudad
Juarez, Guadalajara, Merida, Monterrey, Tijuana, Torreon, and Mexico
City Terminal 1 and 2, which will feature three lounges. The Salon
Premier lounges will be managed and staffed by AeroMexico, the largest
airline in Mexico. The lounges feature a range of complimentary snacks,
fresh-brewed coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages, as well as
television, newspapers, and magazines. All lounges also offer Internet
access along with telephone and fax services. Diners Club Cardmembers
also can relax in two Premium Plaza lounges located in terminals 2 and 3
at the Changi International Airport in Singapore. Fee-based services
include: a fitness facility; napping suites; body massages; and foot
reflexology.

Orbitz Relaunches a Co-Brand Visa with Capital One

Capital One and Orbitz have teamed to launch a new card that offers triple travel rewards. The new “Orbitz Visa” with Capital One “No Hassle Rewards” offers one point for every purchase dollar and three points for each dollar spent booking travel on Orbitz.com. Cardholders can redeem points for travel on Orbitz.com, cash, gift cards and name brand merchandise. Orbitz previously co-branded a “Platinum MasterCard” with Juniper Bank in 2002. Under the Juniper card deal, cardholders received two Rewards points for every dollar spent on airline tickets purchased on Orbitz and one point for every dollar spent everywhere else. Launched in June 2001, Orbitz now offers consumers the power to search more than 80,000 suppliers worldwide including airlines, hotels and car rental companies.(CF Library 9/19/01; 5/14/02)

VOLARIS & UATP

Volaris Airlines will now be a UATP merchant, accepting the
organization’s
cards for payment through UATP Settlement Services (USS). USS reconciles
payment transactions with a low-cost system on a weekly cycle for its
merchants. Regarding the airline’s punctuality, Volaris has take off and
landing
indexes of 95% and with this development as a company, is reflecting
expansion
for market share in corporate travel. Furthermore, the airline offers
air travel
to over 16 destinations while UATP cards are accepted for payment around
the world and are issued by many different airlines.

AmEx Predicts 06 Holiday Travel Will Rise

An American Express Travel poll of 402 agents and representatives show that this year the week between Christmas and New Year’s will be the most popular time for holiday travel. In fact, according to agents’ rankings, that particular week was significantly more popular than the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas (27%), during Thanksgiving (18%), after the New Year (8%) and before Thanksgiving (4%). The poll also revealed that 24% of agents are booking more holiday travel overall this year than last, with the majority (43%) saying that holiday vacation budgets are exceeding $2,000 per person. According to agents polled, top factors that consumers weigh when making holiday travel plans are: how well they suit their family’s interests, discounts/deals, available amenities and upgrades, advice from travel agents, ability to redeem rewards points, and convenient/easy to get to.