Sabre, Conferma Pay, and Mastercard equip the travel economy with virtual cards

Tuesday 29 November 2022 12:36 CET | News

US-based travel tech company Sabre has partnered with fintech Conferma Pay and Mastercard to accelerate the use of virtual cards for B2B travel payments.


Today’s announcement builds on Sabre’s August 2022 acquisition of Conferma Pay. The collaboration with Mastercard is the next step in advancing Sabre’s goal to create an open and independent travel payment ecosystem.

US-based travel tech company Sabre has partnered with fintech Conferma Pay and Mastercard to accelerate the use of virtual cards for B2B travel payments.|

Paying for travel with virtual cards

Digitisation of travel payments with virtual cards helps address the historic challenges associated with B2B leisure and corporate travel payments. The securely generated, single use card numbers provide a link between booking and associated payments to third party suppliers. Travel buyers and suppliers are therefore able to easily track and reconcile payments, as well as benefit from flexible pricing, financing options, and enhanced security through card payment guarantees.

Sabre’s officials stated that the payments industry is in the midst of a revolution and there is an increased need for travel companies to better manage the whole payment experience. Companies in the travel space – including travel management companies, travel agencies, corporations, issuers, and technology partners – need sophisticated solutions and seamless connections. Sabre is taking strategic steps to fulfil the needs of its industry, beginning with the acquisition of Conferma Pay. Now, the new partnership with Mastercard will help Conferma Pay to build new and enhanced digital capabilities in virtual cards, transforming the payment experience for issuers.

As part of the agreement, Mastercard has agreed to make a minority investment in Conferma Pay, which will continue to operate independently and serve the entire travel industry and beyond. Mastercard’s investment in Conferma Pay is subject to customary closing conditions.

Accessing a vast network through Conferma Pay

Conferma Pay connects issuers to more than 700 travel management companies, all the major global distribution systems and more than 100 online booking tools. The company is fully integrated with all the major card schemes and serves more than 50 banking partners, who issue Conferma Pay generated virtual cards in nearly 100 currencies.

Representatives from Conferma Pay stated that they’ve already made significant inroads in the B2B travel space through partnering with Sabre. This, combined with their existing strong relationships, will enable Conferma Pay to build on our global footprint and be at the forefront of addressing industry challenges and opportunities.”

Sabre’s Virtual Payments will continue to offer Conferma Pay services, with increased capabilities that help travel buyers, agencies, and corporations support travel customer needs. Sabre Virtual Payments is a secure, automated, and integrated end-to-end payment solution designed to simplify and add value to the transactions that TMCs, OTAs, travel agencies, corporations, and travel suppliers do every day. 

Sabre Virtual Payments takes all the capabilities of Conferma Pay and its network of issuers and combines it with seamless integration across Sabre products for -connected travel buyers, agencies, and corporations.

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Keywords: travel payments, MasterCard, virtual card, partnership, online payments
Categories: Payments & Commerce
Companies: Conferma Pay, Mastercard, Sabre
Countries: World
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