Travelers Can Now Pay for Their www.jetblue.com or 800-JETBLUE Flight Reservations Using Western Union's Fast and Reliable Bill Payment Service
NEW YORK, Aug. 11, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- JetBlue Airways Corporation (Nasdaq:JBLU) and The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) today announced an agreement that provides customers with an easy cash payment option for purchasing flights when they book their travel reservations via www.jetblue.com or 800-JETBLUE and select the fast, reliable and convenient money transfer service.
Customers can now visit any participating Western Union(r) Agent location following their booking to send a full payment of their JetBlue reservation and Western Union service fee in cash. Through a direct link to the low-fare, high-frills airline's system, Western Union can confirm a JetBlue reservation until midnight the following day.
"We are constantly looking for ways to simplify our booking and payment process and enhance the customer experience," said Don Uselmann, Manager of Business Development for JetBlue Airways. "Our relationship with Western Union is a great example of how we can provide greater flexibility and more options for new customers to choose JetBlue for their travel needs. Paying with cash has never been easier."
"Millions of consumers already know how easy it is to pay their bills using Western Union services," said David Shapiro, senior vice president, Western Union Payment Services. "Now JetBlue customers will have the convenience of purchasing their airline travel in cash at the places they already do business every day. What could be simpler than paying for your travel while you purchase groceries or fill up your gas tank?"
Western Union is a leading provider of global money transfer services, providing consumers with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world via a network of Agent locations in more than 200 countries and territories.
About Western Union:
The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) is a world leader in global money transfer services. Together with its affiliates, Orlandi Valuta and Vigo, Western Union provides consumers with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, as well as send payments and purchase money orders. Western Union and its affiliates operate through a network of more than 345,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories. Famous for its pioneering telegraph services, the original Western Union dates back to 1851. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.
About JetBlue Airways
New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue is now pleased to offer customers Lots of Legroom and super-spacious Even More Legroom seats. JetBlue introduced complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging services on aircraft "BetaBlue," a first among U.S. domestic airlines. JetBlue is also America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 53 cities with 600 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JETBLUE (1-800-538-2583) or visit www.jetblue.com.
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