Chase and Continental Extend Their Card Deal

Chase and Continental Airlines have renewed their Continental Airlines co-branded credit card program. The program offers multiple cards such as the “Presidential Plus” and “TravelBank” cards that provide exceptional travel benefits to cardmembers. Continental Airlines together with Continental Express and Continental Connection has more than 3,100 daily departures with more than 550 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines.

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New Card Market?: Self Service Car Washes

While parking and toll payments via credit/debit cards continues to pick up speed, a new market might be ready for expansion. The new Unitec Electronics “WashPay” credit card payment system has pushed credit card transactions. The solution is geared for self service wash bays. Unitec reports that a small car wash in Texas has increased credit card transactions tenfold since installing the new system in April 2006. Unauthorized transactions have been controlled with the use of 24-hour camera surveillance and pre-authorization. Unitec Electronics is a leading manufacturer of car wash automatic payment systems and bill changers for all segments of the car wash market.

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MovieTickets.com Unveils a Reloadable Card

CA-based MovieTickets.com, the largest movie ticketing service, has introduced its personalized, reloadable gift card for online movie ticket purchases. The new “MovieTickets.card” enables consumers to buy tickets online for movie screens across the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland and from any Internet-enabled wireless device or phone. Once the ticket is purchased online, the card holder can then use the card to pick up the tickets onsite or at the box office. The “MovieTickets.card” is targeted toward the younger demographic in response to research concluding, among U.S. consumers, 41% of moviegoers are between the ages of 12 and 24. Formed in 2000, MovieTickets.com is a joint venture between AMC Entertainment, Hollywood Media, National Amusements, Famous Players, Marcus Theatres, Viacom and America Online. The theater chain group is composed of 125 theaters across the country.

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VIA

In addition to its “Swift” mobile site publishing platform and “Merx”
content management solution, Proteus mobile marketing has launched its
“Via” self-service messaging service to help marketers deploy mobile
marketing campaigns. “Via’s” deployment encompasses the creation,
scheduling, execution and tracking of the mobile campaigns, which
eMarketer predicts will grow in popularity as an industry from grossing
$1.4 billion in 2008 to $4.5 billion by 2012 in the U.S. alone. Proteus,
a subsidiary of the UK-based 2ergo Group plc, will host the SMS campaign
messages using its carrier-grade, regulation-compliant message delivery
platform.

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BofA Lands the Virgin Co-Branded Credit Card

After several years of probing the U.S. market, Virgin Atlantic Airways has finally teamed with Bank of America to launch the “Virgin Atlantic American Express Card.” Under the new program Virgin is offering a “White” and a “Black” card. Both co-branded cards offer three miles for every $1 spent on Virgin Atlantic purchases. The “White Card,” which has a $49 annual fee, offers one mile for every dollar in purchases, while the “Black Card,” with a $90 annual fee, enables cardholders to earn 1.5 miles per dollar spent in purchases with more opportunities to earn bonus miles. The new program also offers a 20,000 bonus miles after the first purchase, plus up to 15,000 annual bonus miles with a $25,000 spend and up to 5,000 bonus miles for additional cards. Additionally, cardholders earn one tier point for every $2,500 in purchases and additional tier points when flying Virgin Atlantic toward “Flying Club” status. There is also a 10% discount on published Virgin Atlantic “Premium Economy fares” through December 31st. Between now and the end of January 2009, for every $10,000 in spend, a cardholder is automatically entered for a chance to win a trip into space on “Virgin Galactic.”

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TSYS & GLOBALCARD

TSYS has signed payment processing agreements with Globalcard of Mexico
to provide account processing services, risk management, portfolio
management and reporting tools for the company’s recently introduced
consumer card portfolio. Financial terms of these agreements, however,
have not been disclosed by either company. Globalcard S.A. de C.V. SOFOM
E.R. issues Visa and Private Label credit cards for the unbanked market
in Mexico while TSYS provides outsourced payment services using issuer-
and acquirer-processing technologies that support consumer-finance,
credit, debit, debt management, healthcare, loyalty and prepaid services
for financial institutions and retail companies around the world.

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DNA TASKU

Conmio and TietoEnator have announced intentions to establish a mobile
Internet service to provide DNA mobile operator consumers with “dna
Tasku” Internet mobile phone services. Conmio Ltd software solutions for
mobile content services will be providing DNA with the “dna Tasku”
mobile service using its “ManaGate” content management and publishing
platform to provide subscribers with music, images and news over a
customizable context-aware mobile Internet service. Meanwhile, Conmio
“ManaGate” matches and optimizes the content to suit every mobile device
for device-specific recognition, content filtering and requires no
software tailoring. Used by hundreds of millions of mobile users every
month around the globe, Conmio’s ManaGate powers the mobile services of
New York Times, Nokia and Blyk, among others.

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DATACARD & MAXSYS

South Korean card issuers are pleased with the modular capabilities,
efficiency and integration of Datacard’s card issuance, having just sold
its 22nd “Maxsys” system in the country. Datacard Group provides secure
ID and card personalization solutions for high-volume card issuance,
card delivery, fulfillment, secure ID issuance and passport production
to its client customers in over 120 countries. The Korean card issuers
and service bureaus implementing the Datacard “Maxsys” include such
repeat buyers as BC Card, Shinhan Card, IC Korea, Hyundai Card, KB Card,
Lotte
Card and KBC.

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MasterCard Europe Repeals Intra-EEA Fees

MasterCard Europe announced that as of June 21st MasterCard is temporarily repealing its current MasterCard and Maestro intra-EEA cross-border consumer card interchange fees in conformity with the European Commission’s December 19th decision. MCE noted that the decision only applies to intra-EEA cross-border consumer card interchange fees. The level of these fees in the future will depend on the result of MasterCard’s continuing dialogue with the Commission and, ultimately, upon the outcome of MasterCard’s appeal. Moreover the transactions affected amount to less than five percent of MasterCard Europe volume, and it does not anticipate any significant near-term financial impact as a result of today’s action. MasterCard Europe says it has solid legal arguments supporting its appeal of the decision to the European Court of First Instance, and will continue to vigorously pursue that appeal.

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SMARTISSUERPRO

Mercadotecnia, Ideas y Tecnologia (“MIT”) of Mexico has signed
agreements to license the Smart Processing Solutions Inc. (“SPS”)
“SmartIssuerPro” gift card program. “SmartIssuerPro” is the issuing
component of SPS providing ISOs, Financial Institutions, Retail
Organizations and Processors globally with a highly customizable prepaid
debit card, gift card and loyalty card platform. SPS financial
transaction software provides in-house Acquiring and Issuing solutions
for card programs across a range of sectors.

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Prepaid Card Hires a Top Financial Executive

Prepaid Card Holdings has hired John W. Weber, previously with Boeing, as its VP of Finance and Principal Financial Officer. Weber will be responsible for the creation of sound accounting processes and procedures, monitoring the internal accounting control environment, and verification of the financial statement assertions of validity, accuracy, timing, valuation, completeness, and disclosure and will provide support for strategic planning initiatives, including return on investment and capital requirement alternatives of debt versus equity. Weber is a CPA and graduated with a MBA, Finance from Pepperdine University and Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting from Gonzaga University. Prepaid Card Holdings is a publicly traded holding company whose current holdings consist of a 100% interest in the Berman Marketing Group, Inc. a multi channel direct market firm.

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