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April 10, 2017

United Airlines starts accepting UnionPay credit cards for ticket booking

By Douglas Blakey

UnionPay International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China UnionPay, has partnered with US-based United Airlines, whereby the official website of the airline will accept UnionPay credit cards for ticket booking.

The latest agreement enables the travellers to log on the official website of United Airlines, type in the departure time and destination, choose the flight, fill in personal information, and then select ‘UnionPay Card’ as the payment option to pay with UnionPay credit cards easily and safely.

Starting second quarter of this year, the airline will also support online payment using UnionPay debit cards, and the webpage will not be redirected, thereby further improves user experiences.

United Airlines flies to approximately 1,000 cities across 162 countries and regions, and covers the largest number routes in Asia as an American airline. UnionPay cards have been issued in many Asian markets such as Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. Hence, the new service not only offers payment convenience for the Chinese tourists to the US, but also more Asian cardholders.

UnionPay said that users are now able to buy tickets on the official website of 42 international airlines, covering the major outbound air routes preferred by Chinese tourists.

Since the end of 2016, UnionPay has collaborated with almost 10 international airlines to accept UnionPay cards online, including Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways and Thai Airways, making it more convenient to use UnionPay cards in aviation.

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