Travellers using Singapore Airlines’ mobile app, SingaporeAir, can now use Android Pay and Apple Pay to purchase tickets, redemption booking related fees, seat selection and travel insurance.
One benefit of using Apple’s and Android’s payment services is that travellers will be able to skip entering their payment information when making purchases through the app. Both services retain payment information through their respective accounts and users can select the payment options at the payment page on the app.
“Cashless payment is a growing trend not just in Singapore but in many parts of the world,” said Campbell Wilson, the airline’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Having cutting-edge mobile payment platforms such as Android Pay and Apple Pay provides our customers with a seamless and more efficient payment option whenever they make a purchase on our mobile app.”
There are some limitations on which itineraries are eligible for the payment options, however. Notably, this includes all those originating from Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the UK.
Dutch airline KLM, meanwhile, began accepting WeChat Pay – a popular mobile payment solution in China – two months ago, while Japanese low-cost carrier Peach Aviation, has begun allowing payments to be made using cryptocurrency Bitcoin