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United Airlines brings good fortune to Visa cardholders

28th February 2008 Print
United Airlines, Official Airline Sponsor of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, and Visa, Worldwide Partner Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, are offering customers a chance to see for themselves what the Chinese have known for centuries – the number eight represents good fortune.

As part of its “strength in numbers” promotion, 8,888 fans will have a chance to win an $88 Visa Olympic Games-themed gift card and eight fans will fly United to the Beijing Olympic Games, courtesy of Visa, if they win one of four trips for two.

“To celebrate more than 20 years of both flying to China and serving as the official airline sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, we are offering our customers a chance to experience the good fortunes that the number eight can bring,” said Dennis Cary, senior vice president of Marketing for United. “When shopping on for the guaranteed lowest United fares, our customers will also have a chance to be part of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games or win an $88 Visa gift card. All of this is thanks to Visa.”

For a chance to win one of four trips for two from Visa to the Beijing Olympic Games, Visa cardholders have to book a flight at using their Visa card, submit their Mileage Plus number and complete their travel by March 31, 2008. Mileage Plus Visa cardholders can also enter for a chance to win an $88 Visa gift card, when they book a flight on and complete their travel by March 31, 2008. These two promotions run through March 31, 2008. No purchase necessary to participate and to see official rules, customers may go to

Since 1980, United has provided air travel for America’s Olympic-hopeful athletes to training events, international and national competitions, as well as to the world’s biggest sporting events.

Today, United has five daily nonstop flights to China, including daily nonstop flights to Beijing from San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C.; daily nonstop flights to Shanghai from Chicago and San Francisco; and starting in June, daily nonstop flights to Guangzhou from San Francisco.

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