Emirates Pay is the world’s first airline payment platform that doesn’t require a credit card or debit card to book. The new technology lets Emirates customers book effortlessly, giving a potential glimpse at the future of digital payments.
Emirates Pay Streamlines How Customers Shop for Flights
Emirates now features a new account-based payment method for purchasing flight tickets, which doesn’t require a credit card when booking. The new Emirates Pay program lets customers in Germany and the United Kingdom purchase flights via the Emirates website without a credit or debit card.
Emirates Pay operates through a white-label payment solution created through a partnership of Deutsche Bank and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The platform is based on real-time payments and Open Banking/Request-to-Pay schemes. This process provides all the necessary account and payment information, which, in turn, allows customers to approve transactions through their mobile (or online) banking.
“Simplicity and Security”
Emirates is the first airline to take advantage of the new payment technology. Speaking in a press release coinciding with the launch, Michael Doersam, Chief Financial Officer at Emirates said: “We’re pleased to be the first airline to roll out this new account-based solution for our customers. Our aim is to provide our customers with choice, convenience, and the best possible experiences at every touchpoint.
“Customers who don’t have a credit card, and those already using direct payments for other purchases, will welcome the simplicity and security of this method when making travel purchases. When it comes to payments solutions, we’ve always kept close to the latest innovations so that we can offer our customers in different markets the most secure and convenient options.”
Christof Hofmann, Global Head of Corporate & Payment Solutions at Deutsche Bank, added: “The launch of Emirates Pay not only sends a very positive message to all of us that the airline industry is putting COVID behind but more importantly that Emirates is clearly focused on improving client experience at the transactional level when moving into a brighter, post COVID world.”
Emirates is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates – and the largest airline in the country. The airline flies to over 157 destinations worldwide and features a codeshare agreement with several leading carriers, including Qantas, Thai Airways, TAP Portugal, Korean Air, LATAM, JetBlue, and more. Emirates also features two co-branded credit cards for the U.S. market: the Emirates Skywards Rewards World Elite Mastercard® and the Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard®, both from Barclays.
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