Agoda Partners With Carte Bleue To Give Members More Payment Options

Pathumwan, Thailand (PressExposure) November 24, 2009 --, a leading Asian hotel booking site and a part of (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced a partnership with Carte Bleue, offering Agoda’s French members an additional method of secure online purchase. Operated by Groupement des Cartes Bancaires CB, Carte Bleue or ‘Blue Card’ is an integrated debit card system that links to the card-holder’s chosen bank accounts and allows for quick and secure purchases across multiple platforms.

A ‘smart card’ that acts like an ATM card, the micro-chipped, PIN-protected Carte Bleue is accepted almost universally across France and handles approximately 220 million international transactions a year. Carte Bleue holders can use their card to pay for everything from metro tickets to household utility bills – it’s accepted in most shops and restaurants within France and Visa-partnered cards can be used to withdraw money from automatic tellers internationally. Thanks to this partnership with Agoda, Carte Bleue holders can now use their card to book discount room rates through the Agoda website.

CEO of Agoda, Michael Kenny, commented on the partnership: “The addition of Carte Bleue to the Agoda site is part of our commitment to maximizing convenience and security for our members. Agoda recently added PayPal and the Chinese debit card iPS to the site, and will continue to add more payment options to ensure travelers from all parts of the world feel secure when they book through”

Listing more than 103,000 properties worldwide, Agoda gives its members freedom of choice when it comes to booking discount room rates and continues to promote the spirit of independent travel through expanding its selection of payment methods.

For more information regarding Agoda, please access its website at or contact the Agoda team via e-mail at

About Agoda Services Co.,Ltd.

Agoda Company Pte Ltd ( is a leading, Asia-based, online hotel reservations company, which specializes in securing the lowest discount hotel prices. is part of (Nasdaq:PCLN). Agoda's network includes over 7,000 hotels in Asia-Pacific and more than 100,000 worldwide. The multinational staff of 350 professionals, located throughout Asia, provides a first-rate reservation service that uniquely combines local knowledge and local connections to provide the best hotel deals to both business and leisure travelers.

In addition, Agoda customers participate in the Agoda Rewards Program, earning further discounts and free stays. Unlike programs that limit travelers to a single chain, the Agoda Rewards Program allows customers to redeem Rewards Points at thousands of hotels around the globe, at any time. A member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Agoda's aim is to promote travel by making it more affordable and more accessible to more people.

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Press Release Submitted On: November 24, 2009 at 10:27 pm
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