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Prepaid Travel Card--will it really be available?

Prepaid Travel Card--will it really be available?

 

Old Mar 12, 07, 6:56 pm
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Prepaid Travel Card--will it really be available?

So I have about 13K worth of travel to book in the next three months so figured the 20K prepaid would be a good deal since i will surely spend 7K more in the next year and wanted to get 1K status and SWUs.
But in Jan, the website said available in feb. in feb, the website said march. now it still says avail in march (yes, i know it is better than saying avail in april). I called MP and they say they have no clue when in march it will be released but it will be released in march.
Anyone have any ideas why the delay or who would have the answer?
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Old Mar 14, 07, 3:12 pm
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Better be soon!

I have to book $12,000 worth of travel in the next 3 days!
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Old Mar 14, 07, 3:17 pm
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FWIW, remember the travel must be for YOU and no one else.
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Old Mar 14, 07, 4:22 pm
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Can you post the link? I can't seem to find it.
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Old Mar 14, 07, 4:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Bearbear View Post
Can you post the link? I can't seem to find it.
See http://flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=656931.
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Old Mar 14, 07, 4:48 pm
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i spoke to someone yesterday who said they think it will be mid to late april-
so wondering if it will ever be
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Old Mar 22, 07, 8:31 am
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Does anyone know if this card can be applied to UnitedEscapes/partner hotels? Or is it for air travel only.
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Old Mar 22, 07, 2:08 pm
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Originally Posted by jerriblank55 View Post
Does anyone know if this card can be applied to UnitedEscapes/partner hotels? Or is it for air travel only.
My understanding would be that it would apply on to travel and not hotels but since UnitedEscapes is part of United and found on United.bom it could work but for individual travel only.

Use the card for your individual travel on united.com, through United Reservations or at any airport ticket counter. The card is not accepted at travel agencies or other non-United merchants.

T&Cs: http://www.united.com/page/article/0.../03/21&time=19

Also, heard that prices for these cards might be going up, anyone can confirm that?
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Old Mar 22, 07, 2:10 pm
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Originally Posted by jujube View Post
since UnitedEscapes is part of United
No, it's not. United Escapes is Expedia.
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Old Mar 22, 07, 2:14 pm
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The interface is the same (or very similar) as Expedia and I am sure it queries the same database, but does it mean that Expedia manages and owns it instead of United?

Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
No, it's not. United Escapes is Expedia.
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Old Mar 22, 07, 2:28 pm
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Originally Posted by beamMeUp38 View Post
does it mean that Expedia manages and owns it instead of United?
When we went to Hawaii on United Escapes, the "travel agency" they had listed at the hotel was Expedia.
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Old Mar 22, 07, 5:03 pm
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Ah... then in this case, I think the following scenario is more likely (as far as I know, Expedia is part of Microsoft, or at least a subsidiary of it...)
So, the hotel pays Expedia the commission for bringing the customer.
United uses Expedia's interface for query and showing the results so that the web support cannot mess it up too much. Expedia splits the comission, paid by the hotel, keeps part of it and pass the rest onto United...

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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
When we went to Hawaii on United Escapes, the "travel agency" they had listed at the hotel was Expedia.
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Old Mar 22, 07, 5:52 pm
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Originally Posted by beamMeUp38 View Post
(as far as I know, Expedia is part of Microsoft, or at least a subsidiary of it...)
Neither... it was part of Microsoft a decade ago, but then... well, read on:

From: http://overview.expediainc.com/phoen...013&p=overview


Founded in 1995 within Microsoft and then spun out in 1996, Expedia, Inc. first went public in 1999. In 2001, USA Networks - now IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC) - led by Barry Diller, bought a controlling stake in Expedia. Diller's company bought the remaining stake in the company in 2002. IAC has acquired and built a collection of leading businesses in categories across the entire spectrum of interactive commerce. In July 2005, IAC separated into two publicly traded companies: Expedia, Inc., and IAC. Barry Diller remains chairman and senior executive of IAC, as well as chairman of Expedia, Inc.

Now a separate company, Expedia, Inc. is one of the world's leading online travel companies with the mission of becoming the largest and most profitable seller of travel in the world, by helping everyone everywhere plan and purchase everything in travel. Expedia's brands and businesses work together to share best practices, leverage geographic reach, scalable business models, and customer-related synergies.

Expedia, Inc. is led by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, formerly the chief financial officer of IAC.
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Old Mar 22, 07, 5:57 pm
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Originally Posted by jerriblank55 View Post
Does anyone know if this card can be applied to UnitedEscapes/partner hotels? Or is it for air travel only.
Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
No, it's not. United Escapes is Expedia.
Hence I included the key word 'could'
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Old Mar 22, 07, 6:10 pm
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Originally Posted by notquiteaff View Post
Neither... it was part of Microsoft a decade ago, but then... well, read on:
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