CHICAGO, IL (September 18, 2008) – UAL Corporation, the holding company whose primary subsidiary is United Airlines, completed the amendment of its co-branded card marketing services agreement with Chase Bank, as well as amended its credit card processing agreement with Chase/Paymentech L.L.C. These agreements boost United’s liquidity by approximately $1.2 billion, including $1.0 billion in the short term and an additional $200 million over the next two years.
“This is one of the many steps we are taking to improve our liquidity and increase the amount of cash we have on hand to strengthen our business for all our stakeholders in this volatile fuel environment,” said Jake Brace, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Under the terms of the agreement, United has received an additional $600 million from Chase in consideration for the advance purchase of frequent flyer miles and for extending the agreement. As part of the transaction, United has granted a security interest in various assets, including specified intangible Mileage Plus assets. United continues to have more than $3 billion in unencumbered hard assets to use to raise additional liquidity if needed.
With its amended credit card processing agreement, United realizes a return of more than $350 million of restricted cash back to the company compared to its prior reserve requirement.