MoneyGram Expands UnionPay’s Global Emergency Cash Services To 284,000 Locations In 196 Countries And Territories

MoneyGram (NYSE:MGI), a leading global money transfer company, and UnionPay today announced a significant network expansion to provide emergency cash services to UnionPay credit card cardholders. The service will become available to member institutions in a phased approach. The two companies commemorated the agreement during a contract signing ceremony at the headquarters of UnionPay in Shanghai, China.

Emergency cash services provide consumers access to funds during emergency situations, including lost, stolen or malfunctioning cards.

Under the agreement, UnionPay credit cardholders with cards issued by UnionPay’s member institutions can use MoneyGram’s global network of 284,000 locations to receive emergency cash services. Each UnionPay credit cardholder is eligible for cash assistance provided the card-issuing bank has enrolled to the MoneyGram service. The amount of available emergency cash is based on the credit limit designated by the card-issuing bank, with the maximum amount capped at USD $5,000.

"This emergency cash service enables China UnionPay card holders to reach a global network," said Cai Jianbo, the first executive vice president of UnionPay. "This cooperation has further enhanced additional service to China UnionPay card holders when they are in need for emergency funds overseas."

“MoneyGram understands the need to provide customers with more options to access their cash quickly, especially in an emergency when every minute counts,” said Pamela H. Patsley, chairman and chief executive officer of MoneyGram. “MoneyGram and UnionPay share the goal of providing safe, fast and reliable financial transactions. Through the MoneyGram network, we can often help UnionPay customers to get their emergency cash in minutes*. This is an important service to provide.”

The overseas emergency cash assistance service is available to holders of UnionPay credit cards issued by its member institutions that have enrolled to the MoneyGram service. When traveling overseas, cardholders in emergency situations may call the local UnionPay service hotline in the country or region, or the customer service hotline of the domestic card issuer to apply for emergency cash assistance. After validation of the cardholder's identity and the authorization of the issuer, the cardholder can go to the nearest MoneyGram location for emergency cash assistance, subject to the authorization of the issuer, local regulations, and operating hours of the MoneyGram location.

*Subject to agents’ hours of operations and local regulations

About UnionPay

As a global bankcard network, UnionPay, headquartered in China, operates the national inter-bank clearing and settlement system, develops the worldwide UnionPay Card acceptance network, promotes the issuance and usage of the UnionPay Card as well as other innovative payment solutions, so as to provide quality, efficient and safe payment services to cardholders. To date, the total number of the UnionPay Card issued both in China and overseas has exceeded 3.1 billion, including debit card, credit card and other type of cards. The UnionPay network has been extended to all the cities and rural areas in China. In addition, UnionPay has enabled the UnionPay Card acceptance over 130 countries and regions through extensive cooperation with about 400 institutions around the world. Additional information may be found at:

About MoneyGram

MoneyGram, a leading money transfer company, enables consumers who are not fully served by traditional financial institutions to meet their financial needs. MoneyGram offers bill payment services in the United States and Canada and money transfer services worldwide through a global network of more than 284,000 agent locations – including retailers, international post offices and financial institutions – in 196 countries and territories. To learn more about money transfer or bill payment at an agent location or online, please visit or connect with us on Facebook.

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