SIA selects PayPal for online transactions

Singapore Airlines customers in the US, Singapore and five other Asia Pacific countries and territories  can now pay for their flights with PayPal via the carrier’s website, www.singaporeair.com. This facility will progressively be made available to the airline’s customers in up to 17 countries, making this the largest collaboration between PayPal and an Asian carrier to date.

After booking SIA flights online, travellers can now pay for tickets using their PayPal account in three clicks and without the need to retype their credit card or financial details.

A year-long global marketing campaign will be launched to celebrate the collaboration. The first marketing promotion will allow travellers in the initial launch markets who pay for their flight with PayPal the chance to win back the price of their flight (up to SG$2,000/US$1,570). One winner will be selected daily from 7 March to 6 April 2011. For more details of this marketing promotion, customers can visit www.paypal.com/sg/sia.

“In our continuous search for more payment options for our customers, we are very happy to be able to add PayPal to our offerings.  With PayPal, our customers will be able to benefit from another secure payment option and enjoy a hassle-free express checkout experience,” said Tan Chik Quee, Singapore Airlines’ Senior Vice-President Marketing.

Tan continued: “Matching the global nature of our business, PayPal’s online payment platform with over 94 million active users in 190 markets and 24 currencies will enable us to reach out to more travellers on all six continents in our network.”

“We’re so excited to add Singapore Airlines, one of the most admired carriers in the world, to our growing stable of airlines in the region that are leveraging on our global e-commerce platform to expand their reach to travellers worldwide,” said Farhad Irani, Vice-President and General Manager of PayPal Asia Pacific.

Irani added; “Our two global companies share the same goal for faster and safer ways to pay for tickets online, thus our collaboration is another manifestation of delivering choice, convenience and value to consumers across Asia Pacific and the world.”

Besides using their online balance, PayPal users can pay for their SIA flights from their bank accounts, credit cards or debit cards that are linked to their PayPal account.

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