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BA app to feature Apple Pay

9 Jun 2015 by GrahamSmith

British Airways passengers will soon be able to pay for flights using Apple Pay.

The carrier today confirmed it will offer Apple's upcoming mobile payment facility within its app and that it will work on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch devices.

BA said Apple Pay users will continue to receive "all of the rewards and benefits offered by credit and debit cards".

Kevin McQuillan, head of ba.com, said: "We're excited that we will be one of the first UK companies to introduce Apple Pay, making booking flights even easier.

"The addition of Apple Pay - along with the recent launch of our app for Apple Watch, mobile gate notifications at Heathrow and our digital Executive Club membership card – are just a few of the ways in which we are helping our customers by putting more travel essentials at their fingertips."

Apple Pay will be launched in the UK in July. It works by assigning an encypted unique "device account number" when a credit or debit card is added, instead of the card number. Each transaction is authorised with a one-time security code, instead of using the security code on the back of a credit card.

In March, Avios unveiled a loyalty programme app for the new Apple Watch device (see news, March 29).

ba.com, apple.com/apple-pay

Graham Smith

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