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Visa International And British Airways To Offer Special First Class And Concorde Upgrades
Special Offer To Run Through December 2002

    London, England (ots) - Visa International and British Airways have announced a special four-month upgrade offer allowing all Visa cardholders traveling round-trip from the UK or Republic of Ireland (ROI) to receive a free upgrade to First on one sector of their journey when they book their next British Airways' long haul business class ticket. For passengers flying in the airline's Club World (business class) cabin to New York JFK, British Airways is offering a free upgrade to Concorde on one leg of that journey.

    The special offer for First Class and Concorde upgrades, runs from September 2, 2002, through December 31, 2002. Tickets must be purchased in the UK or the ROI and all travel must start and finish in the UK or ROI. The upgrade is confirmed at the time of booking and the passenger can choose which sector of their journey they would like to upgrade, subject to availability.

    "The BA program truly provides Visa cardholders with another attractive incentive in return for their loyalty and participation," said Edvj Massazza-Gal, Senior Vice President, Consumer Market Development, Visa EU. "By partnering with such international travel leaders as British Airways, Visa's goal is to provide added value to its Members, financial institutions and their cardholders."

    Special terms and conditions apply to this offer (see below). The special offer will apply to British Airways (BA) aircraft only and does not include travel on BA franchisee, codeshare, alliance or partner airlines. Upgrade seats available for this promotion on each flight are limited and upgrades on connecting or other flights are not available.

    The offer will appear in advertisements in the London Financial Times and The Daily Telegraph and on Visa Destinations at www.visadestinations.com.

    For more information contact British Airways on +44/845/77'333'77 or your local ABTA or IATA travel agent.

    Terms and conditions apply. Purchase and travel on a full fare Club World return flight (booking class J2BA) on a BA mainline service between 02/09/02 and 31/12/02 inclusive and qualify for an upgrade to FIRST (on participating routes only; in booking class A) or Concorde (to/from New York JFK only; in booking class E), on one leg of that journey. Travel on BA franchisees, codeshare, alliance and partner airlines not included, except Qantas (booking class J2QF1; on Qantas aircraft only). Tickets must be purchased in the UK or ROI; all travel must start and finish in the UK or ROI. Promotion is not transferable; no cash or credit alternatives given. Upgrade seats available for this promotion on each flight are limited. Seats available under this promotion may be fully booked during peak periods and especially during the Christmas period even though seats are still available in a different booking class in the same cabin. No upgrades are available on connecting or any other flights. All major credit cards, deb it cards, and other forms of payment accepted.

    About Visa

    Visa is the world's leading payment brand. Visa-branded cards generate more than US$2 trillion in annual volume and are accepted at more than 24 million physical locations around the world, including more than 750'000 ATMs. The Visa organization plays a pivotal role in developing innovative payment products and technologies to benefit its 21,000 member financial institutions and their cardholders. Visa is a leader in Internet based payments and is pioneering the creation of u-commerce, or universal commerce - the ability to conduct commerce anywhere, anytime, and any way. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com. l agent or call +44/845/77'333'77

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