DALLAS (Sept. 25, 2012) — Greyhound, the country’s leading provider of intercity bus transportation, today announced it has expanded its successful “book online, pay cash” service to now include ACE Cash Express stores. This service provides cash-paying customers with cash access to discounts usually reserved for web-only reservations, as well as the convenience of thousands of retail locations across the United States to complete their transaction. Customers now can book tickets online at www.greyhound.com and pay with cash at approximately 1,800 participating ACE Cash Express stores.
This partnership is fueled by PayNearMe, which provides the technology to facilitate cash payment options for Greyhound customers who may not have access to a credit or debit card. The program began in November 2011 with 7-Eleven, Inc. whereby customers can pay cash for Greyhound tickets at more than 6,400 participating 7-Eleven stores. The venture was so successful, Greyhound and PayNearMe sought to find new retail partners to expand the cash payment network.
“Greyhound is dedicated to making travel accessible and affordable for all Americans, including providing everyone access to deeper discounts or accommodating their preferred payment methods,” said Dave Leach, president and CEO, Greyhound. “This partnership with PayNearMe and ACE Cash Express allows us to invite more customers to experience the safe, affordable and convenient experience Greyhound offers.”
According to a July 2012 study conducted by market research firm Mintel, 26 percent of Americans do not have a credit card. These consumers now have more options when purchasing Greyhound tickets, which previously required a trip to a Greyhound terminal or the purchase of a prepaid debit card.
Customers can book their tickets online at www.greyhound.com, choose their travel itinerary and select cash as their payment option. The selected travel itinerary is placed on a courtesy hold for 48 hours. The customer prints a confirmation slip and takes it to a participating ACE Cash Express store to pay for their ticket with cash.
Greyhound is the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,800 destinations across the continent. The company also provides Greyhound Package Express and charter services. For fare and schedule information and to buy tickets call 1-800-231-2222 or visit the website at www.greyhound.com. For the latest news and travel deals, follow GreyhoundBus on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GreyhoundBus and “Like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GreyhoundBus.
PayNearMe is the cash transaction network that enables consumers to pay conveniently with cash for a wide variety of goods and services from leading companies in e-commerce, consumer finance, transportation and beyond. Consumers pay easily at a local store, starting at 6,400 7-Eleven stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.paynearme.com.
About ACE Cash Express
ACE Cash Express, Inc. is a leading retailer of financial services, including short-term consumer loans, check cashing, bill payment and prepaid debit card services. ACE is the largest owner and operator of check cashing stores in the United States and the second largest owner and operator of short-term consumer loan stores in the United States. ACE focuses on serving consumers, many of whom seek alternatives to traditional banking relationships in order to gain convenient and immediate access to financial services. For additional information about ACE Cash Express, visit www.acecashexpress.com.
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1. Oxygen.Mintel.com (2012, July) Credit and Debit Cards – US – July 2012. Retrieved from Mintel.com: http://oxygen.mintel.com/display/590612/?highlight=true