Universal Air Travel Plan
|Predecessors:||Air Travel Card, Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc., PassAge|
|Products:||Charge card, DataStream, DataMine, Travel Protection Plans, ATCAN, USS|
|Services:||Finance, Travel, Insurance|
|Revenue:||US$ 13 billion (2012)|
UATP is the airline owned payment solution accepted by thousands of merchants for air, rail, hotel and travel agency payments. Corporations worldwide use UATP to purchase and track travel. UATP offers state-of-the-art data tools, DataMine℠ and DataStream℠, which provide comprehensive account details to Issuers and Subscribers. UATP’s Corporate Card Program.
UATP provides a true low-cost alternative to the expensive cost of accepting credit card payments while still allowing airlines to keep and build their customers’ loyalty. UATP has sales in excess of USD 13 billion in sales worldwide, which produces millions of dollars in both savings and revenue for its owners. UATP also markets travel insurance, Insider’s Club and Executive Connection, exclusively to travel industry employees and Corporate Subscriber’s (limited locations), which offers annual coverage.
Airlines become Issuers to gain access to program benefits that significantly increase cost savings. Issuers can lower distribution costs by paying no merchant service fee for On-Us tickets; other credit cards charge an average of 1.5% - 3% for this fee. Issuers profit from new revenue sources when UATP Subscribers purchase airfare on Other Airlines (OAL) and shift market share to their airline. The UATP card is a centrally-billed, air-only product offered predominately to corporate users. Because of this, it has virtually no chargebacks and the lowest fraud rate in the card industry. Airlines and travel agencies become UATP Merchants to benefit from lower merchant service fees and expand corporate market share. There are no membership fees or dues for UATP Merchants. When a ticket is issued on their ticket stock and includes segments on another carrier, they pay merchant service fees only on the segments they fly. With other cards, when the ticket is written on their ticket stock, they pay merchant service fees on the entire ticket value. Travel agencies accept UATP as payment for agency services and net fares. Merchants that are not members of the major clearinghouses (IATA or A4A) can use the in-house UATP Settlement Services (USS) to process UATP charges.
Businesses subscribe to the UATP corporate card for money and time saving benefits. Accountholders pay no application fees, annual fees, per card fees or currency conversion fees. Corporate Subscribers have access to Level III Data, not offered by most card programs. Companies use this data to analyze travel spend in less time, with more accuracy. This data provides detailed travel expense patterns for your company with precise information for budget analysis and forecasting of air and rail travel expenses. The UATP card is centrally billed from the issuing airline, with multiple formats for your corporate accounting system. Customized billing options are available to break expenses down by cost center, department, project or client.
DataStream is UATP’s innovative, web-based billing system. It’s easy-to-use and effortlessly organizes information on a single, centralized system. The online portal provides complete end-to-end electronic billing and is funded by incremental revenue, never charged to the Issuers. It streamlines management necessities such as setting up accounts, managing credit limits and reporting, simplifying day to day account tasks. DataStream has the ability to support multiple currencies and languages, allowing airline Issuers to provide customer service to clients worldwide.
DataMine is UATP’s cutting-edge transaction portal that provides comprehensive insight into Issuer and Corporate Subscriber accounts, used to track and analyze travel spend. It consists of three modules, Account Information, Transaction and Security that are accessible on a single system. Data can be easily viewed in English, Spanish or Portuguese. DataMine is a secure, web-based tool that allows Subscribers to access up to thirteen months of Level III Data and generates reports for their specific need. Users have real-time access to credit limits, balances, and available funds for all UATP account types.
Travel Protection Plan
UATP offers membership for their annual Travel Protection Plans. There are two plans available, Insider’s Club and Executive Connection. Each one has varying levels of protection. Both plans are administrated by BerkelyCare. They are currently only available to residents of the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Insider’s Club
Insider's Club provides travel protection coverage when traveling on industry-free, reduced rate or full-fare tickets on a scheduled airline, Amtrak® passenger train or cruise line. Enrollment is available to travel industry members eligible to receive industry-free or reduced-rate travel privileges. This protection plan offers six levels of protection that can include travel accident protection, baggage delay or trip cancellation.
Executive Connection is an enhanced annual protection plan that can be purchased in addition to the complementary automatic coverage. Enrollment is offered to UATP Subscribers using card issued by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways or United Airlines as the form of payment.
In 2011 UATP celebrated its 75th anniversary. Under the current CEO and President Ralph Kaiser, UATP was rebranded for a second time. In recent years, UATP has expanded its Merchant network to include hotels and rental cars companies. When developing UATP’s global rebranding, they took into consideration this new direction of allowing non-air Merchants and decided to drop the name Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. for the more unified UATP. Along with a new name, UATP adopted an updated logo and website that better supported their brand.
 UATP was originally established in 1936 as Air Travel Card. It was first offered by American Airlines as a “buy now, pay later” product. This idea of buying a good and paying for it later is how the charge card was created, making UATP the very first charge card. Because UATP was the first charge card, all cards start with the number one (1). There is no other credit or charge card that can begin with this number. UATP is widely believed to be the early pioneers in the credit card industry; having designed what is considered industry standards for the magnetic strip [lodged accounts].
For years, UATP was marketed under the brand names Air Travel Card® and PassAge℠. In 2000, UATP rebranded the global business under one name, Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. or UATP. In addition to UATP débuting their new innovative brand, they also launched the Air Travel Card Acquirer Network (ATCAN). The ATCAN system was designed to support UATP Merchants with their daily billing and settlement processes.
In 2006, UATP updated to the ATCAN-ICH interface. This interface simplified the billing and settlement processes by automating data between the ATCAN system and the IATA Clearing House software. Merchants once were responsible for amalgamating their daily reports for submission. The new ATCAN-ICH system allows Members’ claims to be pre-populated. In order to keep up to date with current economic trends, in 2007 UATP began accepting alternative forms of payment. In July they began to accept PayPal as a form of payment. With PayPal being a success, UATP continued to diversify its product offering by accepting additional online payment brands.
UATP currently works with: 99Bill, Accelya, Alipay, AXESS, Adyen, Cash-Ticket, Ceridian SVS, CSC - epayment, Cybersource, Datacash, Datatrans, EDS, eMerchantPay, eNett, Eurocommerce, Farelogix, G2 Switchworks, GiroPay, Grasp Technologies, JetPay, KIU Systems, Merchant eSolutions, NxSystems, Ogone, PayPal, Quenta, Radixx, Realex Payments, Remco, SafetyPay, TNSI, Ukash, WireCard, WorldPay and Yeepay.
Issuers: Aeromexico, Air New Zealand, AirPlus International, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, EL AL Israel Airlines, Etihad Airways, GOL Linhas aereas inteligentes S.A., Hahn Air, Japan Airlines Malaysia Airlines, Qantas Airways, Shandong Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.
- Ralph Kaiser: President and CEO
- Tom Cunningham: Vice President, Business Development
- Wendy Ward: Vice President, Marketing & Communications
- David Holmes: Vice President, Global Sales
- Patricia Vercelli: General Counsel
- Gary Zannotti: Vice President, Issuer Services
- Philip Ziegler: Vice President, Operations
Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
- UATP Corporate Card
- Travel Protection Plans
- UATP Settlement Services
- UATP University