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UATP's Airberlin / Wirecard Partnership Wins Best Travel Companion At Third Annual Paybefore Awards Europe

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Paybefore has selected the airberlin Flight Voucher program, a partnership between UATP, airberlin, and Wirecard, as a winner in the Best Travel Companion category at this year's Paybefore Awards Europe. The program was selected by a panel of five industry experts who served as judges for this year's competition.
UATP is a global travel payment network. UATP accounts are actively issued by 15 member airlines and accepted as a form of payment for corporate business travel by more than 200 airlines worldwide. Airlines currently issuing UATP accounts include Aer Lingus, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Qantas Airways, Ltd., Scandinavian Airlines System, United...

Paybefore Awards Europe was created in 2012 to honor the successful prepaid, mobile and emerging payments programs in the U.K. and Europe. The awards are presented by Paybefore, whose publications are the leading source of industry information for the global prepaid and emerging payments community.

"We are incredibly honored to have our joint product selected as a Best Travel Companion winner," said Ralph Kaiser, CEO and president, UATP. "The Paybefore Awards is a highly distinguished event that is well-known by industry leaders around the world. We are grateful for the recognition and will continue to create innovative payment strategies for the industry."

The airberlin Flight Voucher program is now in the running to win best-in-category, which will be announced at the awards show on 20 May at the Don Carlos Resort and Spa in Marbella, Spain.

"Paybefore Awards Europe shines a spotlight on the innovators using payments to solve complex problems for a variety of constituents," said Loraine DeBonis, Paybefore editor-in-chief and chair of the judging panel. "Products such as the airberlin Flight Voucher are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in payments," she continued. "We are proud to recognize its contributions, advancing the prepaid and emerging payments industry."

"It's an exciting time in payments everywhere in the world, but this year's Paybefore Awards Europe winners demonstrate how quickly prepaid and mobile solutions are replacing legacy paper-based systems," added Marilyn Bochicchio, Paybefore's CEO. "Paybefore Awards is proud to recognize the organizations that are taking on paper in its many forms—not just cash—to improve business, government and consumers' lives." 

The airberlin Flight Voucher program is a creative three-way partnership between UATP, Wirecard International, and airberlin. It is an airberlin prepaid/stored value product offering, administered by Wirecard International and routed through airberlin's UATP Network connections, creating a more efficient merchant acceptance process. Flight vouchers are available for purchase online in set increments of 10, 20, 30, 50 and 100 Euro, but multiple vouchers can be purchased and redeemed at once. The voucher program provides a secure alternative payment method for airberlin travelers, while creating an additional revenue stream for UATP and Wirecard.

About UATP UATP is a global payment solution owned and operated by the world's airlines and accepted by thousands of merchants for air, rail, hotel and travel agency payments. UATP offers easy-to-use data tools, DataStream SM and DataMine SM, which provide comprehensive account details to Issuers and Corporate Subscribers for accurate travel management.

Accepted as a form of payment for corporate business travel worldwide by airlines, travel agencies and Amtrak®; UATP accounts are issued by: Aeromexico; Air New Zealand (ANZFF.PK); American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL); Austrian Airlines; China Eastern Airlines (NYSE: CEA); Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL); EL AL Israel Airlines; Etihad Airways; GOL Linhas aereas inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL and Bovespa: GOLL4); Hahn Air; Japan Airlines (9201:JP); Luhfthansa German Airlines; Malaysia Airlines; Qantas Airways (QUBSF.PK); Shandong Airlines; United Airlines (NYSE: UAL); and US Airways.

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