Western Union Offers Zero Transfer Fee Coupon from the U.S. to Philippines to Encourage Consumer Giving to Support Filipinos Affected by Flooding
The Western Union Company released this press release today:
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 08:30 AM
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.-- In response to the catastrophic flooding caused by tropical storm Maring in the Philippines, The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), a leader in global payment services, is offering a coupon code for a fee free1 money transfer to help Filipino flood victims.
To further help people contribute to relief efforts, Western Union is implementing a ‘zero transfer fee’ coupon that can be used for all money transfers sent from the United States to the Philippines through participating Agent locations, westernunion.com, and the company’s mobile app beginning Monday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. The coupon code is: FLOODRELIEF.
Money is available in cash for pick up in minutes2 at any of the more than 8,300 Agent locations in the Philippines, or can be sent directly to a Philippine bank account by initiating a Western Union® Direct-to-Bank money transfer.
Severe tropical storm Maring brought torrential rains to the country, displacing over one million Filipinos. Although never making landfall, immediate relief was difficult to manage due to the flooding caused by the southwest monsoon. Almost 80 percent of Metro Manila, Central and Northern Luzon are estimated to have been submerged by floodwaters3.
About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of June 30, 2013, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of approximately 520,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and approximately 115,000 ATMs. In 2012, The Western Union Company completed 231 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $79 billion of principal between consumers, and 432 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.
1 Western Union makes money from currency exchange. Subject to applicable taxes, if any.
2 Funds may be delayed or services unavailable based on certain transaction conditions, including amount sent, destination country, currency availability, regulatory and foreign exchange issues, required receiver action(s), identification requirements, Agent location hours, differences in time zones, or selection of delayed options. Additional Restrictions may apply. See Send form for details.
3 Source: Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.