Epic and U.S. Bank introduced an enhanced Epic Card as the first card issued by a fuel supplier to provide global acceptance via U.S. Bank’s aviation-specific network. The Epic Card is now accepted at thousands of FBOs globally that process through the U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation Network, the companies said. For Epic cardholders, all card transactions will appear on one statement each month for streamlined reconciliation. In addition, a mobile app and a dedicated website provide online settlement, tracking and account-specific pricing.
Air BP has launched the first direct cash-back reward card for the general aviation market. The Sterling Reward Prepaid Visa card will enable the fuel provider’s Sterling Card holders to earn money back on fuel purchases. The company is rolling out the program first for U.S. customers who can apply online. Customers who receive the card will receive one U.S. cent deposited back into the card for each gallon of fuel purchased from nearly any location that accepts the Sterling card worldwide.
Phillips 66 Aviation announced a new corporate credit card program featuring Avcard, a co-branded card with Phillips 66. The new Phillips 66 Aviation Wings Card will provide acceptance at more than 7,200 locations globally, along with double WingPoints at participating FBOs. The card can also be used for a variety of services beyond fuel, lubrication and maintenance, including aircraft cleaning, landing fees, oxygen, transportation, ground power, hangar rental, flight training, hotel reservations and catering, among others.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. today, executives from Shell Aviation will present a $5,000 donation check to the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) at Booth No. C10235. The amount represents the value of points donated by members of Shell’s AeroClass pilot loyalty program over the past year.
FBOs and aviation service providers will soon have to stop using credit card processing services that are not compliant with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Council’s new payment application data security standard (PA-DSS), according to FBO software company Horizon Business Concepts of Broken Arrow, Okla.
Galaxy Aviation is offering Visa gift cards to pilots who visit the company’s new FBO terminal and hangar facility during this year’s NBAA Convention (October 6 to 8) in Orlando, Fla. From October 5 to 9, Galaxy will give pilots a gift card in the amount of 10 cents per gallon for every gallon over 250 purchased at Galaxy Orlando.
Avcard, which claims to be the most widely used and accepted aviation credit card in the world, recently added the approximately 50 Shell Canada Aviation locations to its list of merchants who accept the card. Testing of the new acceptance procedures took place early last month and all Shell Canada Aviation locations are fully capable of Avcard electronic acceptance now.
Atlantic Aviation took the wraps off its Atlantic Awards program for jet flight crews. For every 100 gallons of jet fuel purchased at an Atlantic facility, the crewmember receives a certificate redeemable over the Internet for five dollars of “credit” applied to a prepaid American Express card in their name.
American Express entered the business aviation charter market with the introduction of the Private Jet Charter Program for its Platinum Card and Centurion Card members. The program’s service provider is Le Bas International, with offices in Cambria, Calif., and Shannon, Ireland. Le Bas is an 11-year-old business aircraft travel broker affiliated with some 5,000 charter providers worldwide.
Mercury Air Center in conjunction with GE Capital Financial and Aviation Logistics has developed a MasterCard purchase program for business aviation operators. The Mercury Easy Trip card is designed to replace the multiple charge cards now carried by flight crews. The card is good for all trip transactions at any FBO, not just Mercury locations.
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