Continental Expanding UATP Travel Payment Options

Continental Airlines is expanding UATP travel payment options to corporate
businesses through its new alliance with AirPlus International, UATP`s
largest Issuer. The new Continental Airlines AirPlus Company Account was
officially launched at a kick-off event in Houston 7 January 2004. This
new product combines the strengths of AirPlus` full line of corporate
travel tools and Continental`s highly effective sales and marketing team,
which has produced impressive growth of the Continental UATP program in
just more than three years as an Issuer.

“This new partnership shows Continental Airlines` dedication to lowering
its distribution costs, while maintaining a high level of quality and
service offerings to its corporate business traveler,” said Ralph Kaiser,
UATP president and chairman of the board, in remarks delivered at the
Houston event.
With Continental`s new partnership, corporate travel managers will have
access to aggregated travel data via the Internet-based AirPlus
Information Manager. Through the web-based tool, travel managers can
analyze data and create reports to help set and control travel budgets and
policies while maintaining superior UATP data. AirPlus Information Manager
allows travel managers to analyze global travel expenses—from an
airline ticket to a taxi fare—in detail using one management
information system.
The Continental Airlines AirPlus Company Account will provide travel
agencies a cost-efficient method of processing airline tickets and
incidental charges. This option is also being expanded as UATP and AirPlus
work to sign travel agencies as merchants in the United States, New
Zealand and Europe.
“When we re-launched our UATP program three years ago, we enjoyed
immediate rapid growth among companies with small to mid-sized travel
budgets,” said Dave Hilfman, Continental`s vice president sales, in a
Continental Airlines news release. “We`ve expanded the program to meet the
needs of large corporate customers by incorporating improved technology
and additional features. We selected AirPlus as our partner, since they
are the leader in technology for payment and data solutions, as well as
the largest issuer of UATP cards in the world with over 20,000 corporate
customers worldwide.”

The original Continental UATP account and all the features that have made
it a top selling corporate travel payment product will still be available
to corporate customers.

UATP is the world`s first corporate charge product. UATP accounts are
actively issued by 14 member airlines and accepted as a form of payment
for corporate business travel by more than 200 airlines worldwide.
Airlines currently issuing UATP accounts include Aer Lingus, Air New
Zealand, Alitalia, American Airlines , Austrian Airlines, British Airways
, Continental Airlines , Delta Air Lines , Japan Airlines , Lufthansa
German Airlines, Qantas Airways, Ltd., Scandinavian Airlines System,
United Airlines and US Airways. For more information, visit uatp.com.

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