America West Airlines
announced today a new payment option at http://www.americawest.com/. Bill
Me Later is a credit-based payment alternative for customers who choose
the security, flexibility and the convenience of buying without a credit
card online and being billed later for purchases. America West is the only
airline offering this new option. To introduce it, the airline is also
providing the benefit of deferring payment for 90 days, which means
customers can buy their tickets for travel now, take the trip and not
worry about paying for it until 2005. “Research indicates that six out of 10 customers are concerned about
online privacy and security and therefore do not feel comfortable entering
their credit card information online. We want our customers to feel
comfortable purchasing online and this new service will help remove credit
card security concerns that online customers might have,” said Dion
Flannery, vice president, scheduling, route planning and Internet
From now through Dec. 31, 2004, America West is allowing qualified
customers who choose the Bill Me Later payment option to fly now and make
no payments for 90 days. To take advantage of the promotion, customers
simply select the Bill Me Later payment option when making their
reservation at http://www.americawest.com/.
When customers choose the Bill Me Later payment option, there are no
account numbers to enter, just top-of-mind information such as date of
birth and the last four digits of the customer’s social security number.
Bill Me Later conducts a credit review within seconds, and upon credit
approval, the ticket is booked. Certain credit restrictions apply to Bill
Me Later. Some customers may prefer to pay their bill in full when it
arrives in the mail. Additional information is available at
Bill Me Later(R), developed by I4 Commerce, is a credit-based payment
solution designed to meet the needs of today’s multi-channel retailers.
Bill Me Later’s unique combination of convenience, security and
flexibility at the point of sale improves the overall buying experience
online and via the telephone. Retailers offering Bill Me Later experience
higher sales, lower transaction costs and a streamlined integration.
I4 Commerce has strategic alliances for merchant distribution with the
largest payment companies in the industry, including First Data
Corporation and Paymentech. Through these alliances, Bill Me Later can be
offered by more than 70 percent of merchants leveraging the same scaled
infrastructure that manages credit card transactions. For more
information, visit http://www.i4commerce.com/.