|Title||Air Travel Card|
|Collection||Delta Air Lines Airport, Office & TechOps Items|
|Object Name||Card, Credit|
Sample of an Air Travel Card, Serial Number A000, valid 1941-1942. Inside a plastic sleeve is a paper card and metal Charga-Plate imprint plate with customer name, address and account number: "C 123 2502 / John Doe / Century Valve Co / Memphis, Tennessee."
Printed in red across top of paper card: "15% discount from one-way fares / Good for card holder only / Valid on all air lines listed on reverse side. / Void"
Printed on reverse side of paper card: "Void / Air Travel Card / Good on all air lines listed below: American Airlines, Braniff Airways, Canadian Colonial Airways, Chicago and Southern Air Lines, Continental Air Lines, Delta Air Lines, Eastern Air Lines, Inland Air Lines, Mid-Continent Airlines, Northeast Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Pennsylvania Central Airlines, Trans-Canada Air Lines, Transcontinental & Western Air, United Airlines, Western Airlines / The above list of Air Lines is subject to change without notice."
The Air Travel Card, today known as Universal Air Travel Plan Inc. (UATP), is an airline-owned payment network for air, rail, hotel and travel agency expenses. The Air Travel Card was the world's first business travel payment system.
Developed in 1936, during the Great Depression, the Air Travel Card was designed as an incentive for business travelers in which U.S. airlines extended travel credit. In 1969, the Air Travel Card was the first charge card to introduce the magnetic stripe on the back of the card allowing faster use by business travelers.
Delta Air Lines
Universal Air Travel Plan Inc. (UATP)
Braniff International Airways
Chicago and Southern Air Lines (C&S)
Inland Air Lines
Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA)
|Credit line||Gift of James A. "Jim" Clarke to Delta Air Lines|