Looks like the beta stage for the Western Union AdSense payout has been completed and rolled out to everyone. The Western Union Quick Cash is now available for Philippine AdSense Publishers.

You can now receive payments for your AdSense account the next day payouts are approved. That’s much faster than getting it via regular mail (25 days) and even via DHL Secured Express Delivery (5 days). Selected Philippine Publishers have been using this delivery method for months now, under beta testing stage.
Your Western Union Quick Cash payment will be made in US dollars. However, at most Western Union Agent locations, you may have the option to receive your payment in your local currency. Conversion rates will be calculated according to the rate used by the Western Union Agent on the day you pick up your payment.
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How to pick up a Western Union Quick Cash payment
1. Locate a Western Union agent that offers the Quick Cash service from the site http://www.payment-solutions.com/agent.asp.
2. Prepare the following before visiting the WU branch.
  • The amount of your payment
  • The Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) for this payment
  • Your government issued ID (Passport, Driver’s License, TIN ID, SSS ID, etc)
  • Sender’s information: 
    • Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043 USA
The payment amount and MTCN can be found by clicking on the ‘details’ link next to the Payment Issued line on My Account > Payment History in your Google Adsense account

3. Go to the WU agent, show them the information in #2, and inform them you would like to pick up a Quick Cash payment.
A few notes:
  • You need to tell WU you are picking up a Quick Cash payment
  • You need to pickup the payment within 35 days or it will be credited back to your account
  • Don’t forget to bring a valid government issued ID, the sender’s information, payment amount, and MTCN           
  • Payments can be made in US Dollars but you have the option to receive it in your local currency. Conversion rates depend on the rate used by WU on the pickup date
The Western Union Quick Cash method surely is a better alternative to Adsense’s Secured Express Delivery Checks because the former is FREE of charge (as opposed to Secured Checks’ $24 processing fee) and is available just one day after payment date (vs. Secured Checks’ 1-week lead time).

Please make sure that the name on your account exactly matches that on the government issued ID card that you will bring to pick up your Western Union Quick Cash payments. If you need to update your payee name in your account, please let us know and we will be happy to help you to do so.This could finally be the answer to all those mysterious disappearances of AdSense cheques in the post office. Just hope the WU Exchange rates are better.

The official Inside AdSense blog has just announced the WU Quick Cash payments. Those who are interested in getting their next AdSense payments via Western Union should take note of the following:
In order to pick up your payment by Western Union Quick Cash, please complete the following steps:
1. Visit http://www.payment-solutions.com/agent.asp to locate a Western Union Agent.
2. Call the Western Union Agent to confirm that they offer the Quick Cash service.
3. Bring the following information with you:
– a valid government-issued photo ID (Passport, Driver’s license, National ID etc)
– sender’s information: Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043, USA. Phone Number: 650-253-4000
– amount of your payment, which you can find on your Payment History page
– your unique MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number) which you can find by clicking on the ‘details’ link next to the Payment Issued line on your Payment History page
When you go to the Western Union agent, please let them know that you would like to pick up a Quick Cash payment. Additionally, please remember to pick up your Western Union payment within 35 days of the payment date, or the amount will be credited back to your AdSense account. At the moment, this is only available in Argentina, Chile, China (Mainland), Colombia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, and Romania.
There’s a limit of $10,000 so if you’re getting more than that, you can’t use WU. Besides, if you’re at $10k a month, I’m sure you’re already a Premium Publisher with a dedicated AdSense Account Manager and receiving your cheques via UPS (commonly referred to as UPS Club Member).

Malaysian AdSense Publishers are being offered payment options thru Western Union as reported in Ades blog here. Before this, payment options for publishers are limited to regular registered* mail which takes around 20 days, DHL** which is about 5 to 7 days but costs $24 or electronic fund transfers***.
Adding Western Union money transfer might be a good alternative especially for countries where bank wire transfers are not supported could be a better idea. Besides, they have over 250,000 Western Union Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories.
However, we’ll have to look into the fees with this option:
From $100 to $300 : $16 fee
For $500 : $32 fee
For $600 : $50 fee
For $750 : $56 fee
For $1,000 : $68 fee
Looking at the chart above, I guess the 2-day transfer thru Western Union might be good for Publishers earning from $100 to $300 a month. Upwards of $500, the fees are a bit more expensive that the 5-day DHL delivery of $24 would be a reasonable option.
*Standard Delivery checks are sent by regular mail and should arrive within 2-3 weeks of the mailing date.
**Secured Express Delivery checks are sent via courier and should arrive within 1 week.
*** Takes 4 to 10 days to clear with the bank with code ‘Google’ or ‘BFS’.


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