CHICAGO, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Airlines, Official Airline Sponsor of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, and Visa, Worldwide Partner Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, are offering customers a chance to see for themselves what the Chinese have known for centuries -- the number eight represents good fortune.
As part of its "strength in numbers" promotion, 8,888 fans will have a chance to win an $88 Visa Olympic Games-themed gift card and eight fans will fly United to the Beijing Olympic Games, courtesy of Visa, if they win one of four trips for two.
"To celebrate more than 20 years of both flying to China and serving as the official airline sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, we are offering our customers a chance to experience the good fortunes that the number eight can bring," said Dennis Cary, senior vice president of Marketing for United. "When shopping on united.com for the guaranteed lowest United fares, our customers will also have a chance to be part of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games or win an $88 Visa gift card. All of this is thanks to Visa."
For a chance to win one of four trips for two from Visa to the Beijing Olympic Games, Visa cardholders have to book a flight at united.com using their Visa card, submit their Mileage Plus number and complete their travel by March 31, 2008. Mileage Plus Visa cardholders can also enter for a chance to win an $88 Visa gift card, when they book a flight on united.com and complete their travel by March 31, 2008. These two promotions run through March 31, 2008. No purchase necessary to participate and to see official rules, customers may go to http://united.com/teamusa.
Since 1980, United has provided air travel for America's Olympic-hopeful athletes to training events, international and national competitions, as well as to the world's biggest sporting events.
Today, United has five daily nonstop flights to China, including daily nonstop flights to Beijing from San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C.; daily nonstop flights to Shanghai from Chicago and San Francisco; and starting in June, daily nonstop flights to Guangzhou from San Francisco.
United Airlines (NASDAQ:UAUA) operates more than 3,300* flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United also is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 897 destinations in 160 countries worldwide. United's 55,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's Web site at http://united.com.
*Based on the flight schedule between Jan. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2007.
Visa operates the world's largest retail electronic payments network providing processing services and payment product platforms. This includes consumer credit, debit, prepaid and commercial payments, which are offered under the Visa, Visa Electron, Interlink and PLUS brands. Visa enjoys unsurpassed acceptance around the world and Visa/PLUS is one of the world's largest global ATM networks, offering cash access in local currency in more than 170 countries. For more information, visit http://www.corporate.visa.com.
Source: United Airlines