Galileo and MasterCard to Form Alliance

7th Oct 2002


have announced an exclusive Gift Card offer from MasterCard

through the Galileo Business Builders(SM) program.

Caption: Mitch Gross,
Executive Vice President and General Manager
The Americas Region -
Galileo International

Effective immediately, travelers using their MasterCard card to book RCI
Holiday Network vacation rentals through Galileo-connected agencies will
receive a $50 MasterCard Gift Card for booking one-week stays valued under
$500. Travelers will receive a $100 MasterCard Gift Card for bookings valued
over $500.  The gift card is valid for six months and can be used to purchase
goods and services anywhere MasterCard is accepted—more than 28 million
locations worldwide.  The exclusive offer is scheduled to run through the end
of 2002, or while supplies last.
  “Our alliance with Galileo Business Builders will enable MasterCard to tap
a unique network of travel agencies so that we may efficiently and effectively
reach consumers in search of some of the best travel deals available,” said
Fred P. Gore, senior vice president of North America Acceptance at MasterCard
International.  “We will leverage a leading provider of electronic global
distribution services, bringing rewarding new benefits, such as the current
MasterCard Gift Card promotion, to MasterCard cardholders.”
“Galileo Business Builders is all about helping our agency partners win
and succeed by giving them a unique competitive advantage,” said Mitch Gross,
Galileo executive vice president and general manager - The Americas.  “This is
a tangible example of how we will continue to leverage relationships within
the Cendant family of brands, as well as bring in other partners, such as
MasterCard, to add value to our travel agency partners and their customers.”
  RCI Holiday Network`s worldwide inventory of more than 80,000
condominiums, vacation homes, villas and cottages - including vacation
rentals at 3,700 resorts in more than 100 countries - is available to
Galileo-connected agencies as part of Galileo Business Builders, a new
strategic program designed to boost agency profits through new revenue
streams, cost saving opportunities and loyalty tools.  In addition to this
bonus for travelers paying with a MasterCard card, Galileo-connected travel
agencies will receive a 20 percent commission on all completed RCI Holiday
Network bookings through December 31, 2002.


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