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
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
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
"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