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Bank of America, Visa renew relationship


Bank of America extended its card-branding partnership with Visa until December 31, 2011.

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Bank of America announced on Oct. 2, 2006, that it has extended its 30-year card-branding partnership with Visa USA for an additional six years.

The renewal, which is retroactive to Jan. 1, continues until the end of 2011.  Under the deal, Bank of America, the No. 2 U.S. bank by assets, remains the largest issuer of Visa-branded credit cards, debit cards, and prepaid cards, according to a Visa press release.

Using its 13,432 member financial institutions, Visa has issued over 510 million Visa-branded cards domestically.  Bank of America has expanded its credit card business via its January acquisition of MBNA Corp.  Bank of America has also partnered with American Express and recently started to offer American Express credit cards.

This new agreement would seem to quell recent rumors that Bank of America was considering the development of a competing card network.  Bank of America was the original architect and marketer of the BankAmericard, which was the precursor to present day Visa network.


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