UnionPay, IATA partner to offer card users broader access to purchasing tickets online

Thursday 22 July 2021 13:30 CET | News

UnionPay has partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to launch multiple UnionPay payment products on the IATA Financial Gateway (IFG). 

According to the press release, UnionPay cardholders can now make easy reservations via all airline distribution channels including travel agents and mobile apps of international airlines that accept UnionPay products. The partnership is expected to extend UnionPay online payment services to more regional airlines and facilitate local business trips for frequent travelers outside China.

Moreover, IATA has integrated UnionPay online payment products into the IFG. All airlines can enable UnionPay acceptance for different online sales channels simply through an API call without additional system modification. The two parties will work together to support airlines in enabling UnionPay throughout all touch points on the passenger journey which will also further increase UnionPay card acceptance at more airline ticketing centers and in other offline use cases.

In recent years, UnionPay has cooperated with global acquirers and major gateways to step up optimising online card acceptance. At present, UnionPay online payment has been enabled for more than 22 million merchants in over 200 countries and regions. In the first half of 2021, more than 3,000 new major online merchants were enabled to take UnionPay cards. 

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