Visa U.S.A. is ringing in the New Year by educating small business owners about the diverse Visa Business portfolio, including Time To Cash In!, the largest-ever national promotion for Visa Business cardholders.
The free program, launched on October 15, 1997 and running through October 14, 1998, joins Visa’s other successful small business programs – including Instant Visa Rewards and Visa Hotel Savings Program – to provide entrepreneurs with a complete range of benefits from traditional travel and entertainment merchants to suppliers used in the daily operations of a small business.
“With Time To Cash In!, we’ve looked past travel and entertainment purchases to create a program that delivers more of the products and services that small businesses seek. This should ultimately have a greater bottom-line impact for cardholders,” said Bruno Perreault, senior vice president, Commercial Card Products, Visa U.S.A.
Upon meeting minimum monthly purchase requirements with the designated national suppliers, cardholders who use their Visa Business card to pay for their purchases will receive cash back on a percentage of the total dollars they spend — in addition to any existing in-store sales or special offers. Quarterly cash rewards will be sent to cardholders in the form of a check.
National merchants participating in Time To Cash In! were selected based on their universal appeal to small business owners and include Alamo Rent-A-Car, Barnes & Noble, Insight – America’s Discount Source for Computers, Hardware and Software, Shell Oil Company and Sir Speedy. Visa Business cardholders can enroll free-of-charge in Time To Cash In! and can check the status of their award levels at any time by calling 1-800-520-VISA (8472).
Time To Cash In! joins Visa’s successful roster of programs, such as Instant Visa Rewards, which offers Visa Business cardholders immediate savings on services and resources designed for small business owners. By logging on to Visa’s web site at www.visa.com, Visa Business cardholders can receive exclusive discounts from merchants featured on the site, including 1-800-Flowers, Epson, Franklin Covey and Home Office Computing, among others.
Time To Cash In! and Instant Visa Rewards build on Visa’s long-standing Hotel Savings Program, which provides small business owners with access to savings of up to 60 percent at more than 11,000 hotels, motels and resorts in 146 countries. By calling Visa’s toll-free hotel discount information service, Visa Business cardholders receive information on properties that meet their specific location, budget and hotel preferences, the Visa Discount Code and a reservations number for the property.
Thanks to preferred rates negotiated by Visa, the Hotel Savings Program gives small business owners the travel advantages that large corporations typically enjoy. Visa Business cardholders can lower their travel expenditures free-of-charge by calling 1-800-VISA-616.
Visa offers a range of commercial card products for companies of all sizes. In addition to the Visa Business card, the company also offers the industry’s most widely-used purchasing card and the Visa Corporate card.
Visa is the preferred payment brand and the largest consumer payment system worldwide. It plays a pivotal role in advancing new payment products and technologies to benefit its 21,000 member financial institutions, their cardholders, and the global economy.
Visa is the only consumer payment system to facilitate $1 trillion worth of purchases of goods and services in a fiscal year. Visa’s nearly 600 million cards are accepted at more than 14 million worldwide locations, including 380,000 ATMs in the Visa/PLUS global ATM Network. Visa’s small business Internet address is [www.visa.com/smallbiz/]