Aeromexico deal lets passengers pay in cash

MEXICO CITY -- Aeromexico and Western Union signed a deal that enables Aeromexico's customers to pay for their reservations with cash, a move aimed primarily at the airline's Latino clients.

After booking by phone, the customer is given a confirmation number to take to any of the almost 45,000 Western Union locations nationwide. Tickets must be paid for in full within 24 hours of the reservation.

At Western Union, the customer fills out a Blue Quick Collect form and pays a service fee. Western Union sends the payment to Aeromexico, which validates the payment and issues an electronic ticket.

According to statistics from the Pew Hispanic Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation, only about 40% of Hispanics who qualify for credit cards actually have one.

Of the U.S. Latin households with annual incomes between $30,000 and $50,000, only 58% hold credit cards, compared to 78% of their Anglo counterparts.

"We're continuously looking for innovative ways to make it easy for our customers to book and fly with Aeromexico," said Rolf Hoehn, vice president, U.S. Division, Aeromexico. "There is a significant percentage of the population, including many in the Hispanic community, who prefer to pay for their travel in cash.

"Partnering with Western Union, a brand that people trust for sending payments, is a reflection of our commitment to serve our customers' needs."

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