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You can now use Alipay to pay for your flights when booking through Alternative Airlines. Book your flights with Alipay through alternativeairlines.com
Just search for flights as normal and simply select Alipay as your payment method when you decide to book. Alipay offers a safe, fast and reliable option to complete payment for your flight booking.
What is Alipay?
Alipay is an online payment service that belongs to the Alibaba group, supported by Alibaba, Taobao, Tmall and an increasing number of independent online stores.
Alipay is an eWallet payment method, a secure place where customers can store funds to be used online. It's a payment option that works like many other eWallet services, where you add payment methods (cards or bank accounts) to your Alipay account, and can then process orders using them. Alipay is a very popular payment option in Asia and part of the Alibaba group.
Alipay is an eWallet payment method, a secure place where customers can store funds to be used online. As it is an eWallet, consumers have access to a broad range of payment options when they pay using Alipay.
Given its significant market share, Alipay should be a key consideration for any merchant wishing to sell into the Chinese market. The Alipay brand is well known and is part of one of the largest eCommerce companies in the world, the Alibaba group.
How Does Alipay Work?
Alipay handles online payments in Escrow and values the buyer's protection. A typical purchase process using Alipay goes as follows:
1. The buyer chooses a product and makes the payment to the seller via Alipay
2. Alipay, instead of transferring the money to the seller's Alipay account immediately, keeps the money as Escrow and informs the seller that the buyer has made the payment. At the time the money is neither directly controlled by the buyer nor the seller
3. The seller sends the e-ticker to the buyer
4. The buyer receives the e-ticket, and makes confirmation in their Alipay account
5. Alipay receives the buyer's confirmaton, and sends the money to the seller.
Alipay is a leader in online payments and has over 400 million users worldwide as well as controlling of just under half of China’s online payment market in October 2016. It processes more than 80 million transactions per day. This is three times the amount handled by PayPal, and the equivalent to one-third of the USD 2.5 trillion in total global online payments in 2014.
Alipay, the online payments unit of Chinese internet giant Alibaba, is teaming up with world airlines to let its 800 million account holders purchase flights without a credit card. The company’s deal with UATP (Universal Air Travel Plan), a private network run by airlines like Air New Zealand, Delta, Aero Mexico, Qantas, and Japan Airlines, is designed to capture a slice of the China’s rapidly expanding travel sector, currently worth some 622 billion yuan ($102 billion).
Despite over half of worldwide online customers using credit cards to make purchases, more than 50% of E-Commerce sales are completed through alternative payment methods. Information cited in the report estimates that the combined share of different alternative payment methods in global E-Commerce sales will rise, leaving the share of bank cards at a decrease.
Alternative payment methods are particularly favored over bank cards in emerging markets such as China. Here, E-Wallets like Alipay made up for more than half of online sales.
Alternative Airlines Announces Alipay as an Additional Payment Method for Booking Flights
18th September 2017
China's Alipay cooperates with Thai commercial bank
China's Alipay and Thailand's Kasikorn Bank said on Saturday at Bangkok tourist hotspot Jatujak Market that they will enhance their cooperation in promoting QR code payment in Thailand.
The Thai Bank has already developed a mobile app which supports QR code payment for the Thai market. Chinese tourists can use Alipay app to scan the QR code generated by the Kasikorn app to complete the buying with Thai sellers.
"Chinese accounts for the majority of my customers and we just began to use the Kasikorn app a few days ago and we hope it will make buying more convenient for the Chinese customers," said Piyanas, a woman selling clothes at the Jatujak Market.
Viu, owner of a shop selling colorful notebooks, told Xinhua that she began to use the app this morning and one Chinese tourist had paid her by Alipay soon after.
During a press conference held inside the market, Pipavin Sodprasert, Thailand country manager for Ant Financial, which operates Alipay, told Xinhua that there are some 20,000 Thai businesses using their service and they aim to provide the convenience of QR Code payment, enjoyed by many Chinese now, to Thais, which is consistent with Thai government's target of cashless society.
"I have been to China for many times and we hope Chinese tourists can encourage our society to use e-payment," said Patchara Samalapa, senior executive vice president of Kasikorn Bank, adding that Thai customers can also use their app to scan and to pay.
The bank said their app is the first one that supports QR Code payment in Thailand and they aim to cover some 200,000 shops around the kingdom by the end of this year.
14th September 2017
Alipay and Zapper gives Chinese tourists in South Africa new payment option
Alipay, an online and mobile payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, partners of Zapper, has made it possible for Chinese tourists in South Africa to pay at 10,000 Zapper-affiliated merchants across the country via their smartphones.
Chinese tourists will be able to search for restaurants, bars, theatres, book shops, adventure parks and more through Alipay’s in-app Discovery platform, and pay for their orders in RMB via Alipay by scanning a Zapper QR code.
Expanding new verticals
“South Africa is a must-experience country for Chinese tourists visiting Africa. We are excited to partner with Zapper, the largest mobile payment provider in South Africa, to offer Chinese tourists a safe and convenient payment solution and seamless travel experience,” said Rita Liu, head of Alipay EMEA.
“This cross-continental alliance is in line with the series of expansions into new verticals that Zapper is currently undertaking to diversify its service range, and further strengthen its position as South Africa’s mobile payment and loyalty rewards app of choice. These verticals include hospitality, retail, bills, e-commerce, donations, parking, fuel, and convenience,” said Will Heygate, general manager of Zapper South Africa.
This development arrives on the heels of the online payment service for hop-on-hop-off bus ticketing in Cape Town and Johannesburg that Alipay launched in June this year.
With Alipay’s more than 520 million Chinese users and Zapper’s rapidly burgeoning presence within the global payment landscape, each brand is now also better positioned to strengthen their appeal to the Asian and African customer respectively.
The tourism sector’s potential
According to statistics from the South African Department of Tourism, over 110,000 Chinese tourists visited South Africa in the fiscal year of 2016, with a year-on-year growth of 38%. Tourism in South Africa has continuously grown for seven years and weights 9% of the country’s GDP.
The South African government has recognised the tourism sector's potential to generate economic growth and employment creation. Through the Department of Tourism's strategic plan - National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS), the tourism sector is committed to creating a total of 225,000 additional jobs by the year 2020.
12th September 2017
SkySea Cruise to roll out online direct bookings, Alipay
This month, China’s SkySea Cruise Line will begin accepting direct bookings on its upgraded website and roll out Alipay mobile payment on its SkySea Golden Era ship.
Launching on September 12, the upgraded website will feature a direct booking function, alongside new features such as Quick Booking and Online Room Selection.
From September 17, the Alipay payment option will be introduced on SkySea Golden Era, allowing guests to make payment instantly instead of having to link their credit card to their room or pay a fixed deposit.
Guests will be able to use their mobile phone-bound Alipay accounts for most ship purchases, including at the service center, restaurants, bars and duty-free shops.
5th September 2017
Alipay Has World’s First Facial Recognition Payment System
Alipay has a new revolutionary payment technology that is rolling out to smartphones in the east. That technology is a facial recognition payment system they are calling Smile To Pay. Operating this Smile To Pay system for Alipay is the Ant Financial Services Group.
Alipay introduce ‘Smile To Pay’
The Smile To Pay facial recognition payment system would be first used in KFC’s health food concept restaurant called KPRO, which is in Hangzhou, China.
The payment system will work by having payment authenticated through a combination of facial scanning along with an input of the payer’s mobile phone number.
The system will first be used at the KPRO restaurant, though there are plans to expand this use to other stores later on.
The system is actually fast, as it will take just two seconds to recognize and identify a face. After the scan, a second identification is used through the payer’s mobile phone number.
Users of the feature can also enable or disable it anytime. The facial recognition program is accurate, and in tests have shown that even if a person is in disguise it will still be able to recognize the person’s identity.
Is it a fad, or the next secure payment method?
The Smile To Pay facial recognition payment system has been developed by Megvii, a Beijing start-up that uses the Face++ technology it has developed.
This shows that China is going ahead with facial recognition technology that can be used for business transactions, a step that so far companies in the US has fully explored.
That might be in part because US laws are much stricter when it comes to the use of biometrics as a form of identification.
This Smile To Pay system has been much improved from the time it was first introduced in 2015 at the CEBIT technology fair in Hanover, Germany.
1st September 2017
Alipay comes to Africa via Zapper partnership
Chinese tourists in South Africa will have more opportunities to pay via smartphone as Alipay, the world's largest online and mobile payment platform, operated by Ant Financial Services Group ("Ant Financial", "Ant"), partners with Zapper, the fast-growing mobile payment, customer insights and digital marketing platform developed in South Africa.
This partnership will allow them to use their Alipay app to settle payment at 10,000 Zapper-affiliated merchant locations across the country. Chinese tourists will also be able to search for restaurants, bars, theatres, book shops, adventure parks and more through Alipay's in-app Discovery platform, and pay for their orders in RMB via Alipay by scanning a Zapper QR code.
"This cross-continental alliance is in line with a series of expansions into new verticals that Zapper has undertaken to diversify its services and further strengthen its position as South Africa's mobile payment and loyalty rewards app of choice. These verticals include hospitality, retail, bill payment, e-commerce, donations, parking, fuel and convenience," said Will Heygate, General Manager of Zapper South Africa.
This development arrives on the heels of the online payment service for "hop-on-hop-off" bus ticketing in Cape Town and Johannesburg that Alipay launched in June this year.
According to statistics from the South African Department of Tourism, over 110,000 Chinese tourists visited South Africa in fiscal 2016, with a year-on-year growth rate of 38%. Tourism in South Africa has grown continuously for 7 years and comprises 9% of the country's GDP.
The South African government has recognized the tourism sector's potential to generate economic growth and employment. Through the Department of Tourism's strategic plan - National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS), the tourism sector is committed to creating a total of 225,000 additional jobs by the year 2020.
With Alipay's more than 520 million Chinese users and Zapper's rapidly burgeoning presence within the global payment landscape, each brand is now better positioned to support this local strategy and to strengthen its respective appeal to both Asian and South African customers.
14th August 2017
Alipay promotes cashless payment across EU
From 14th August 2017, Chinese tourists can pay via Alipay to retailers who have a partnership with Barclays in UK.
Alipay is an online payment tool run by Alibaba's financial arm Ant Financial. Chinese expatriots, students and tourists are expected to spend more than 1 billion pounds at various retailers in UK this year, said news website Banking Technology, citing Barclaycard.
British shopping malls including Selfridges and Harrods already accept Alipay.
Last December, the financial arm signed partnership agreement with BNP Paribas, Barclays, UniCredit, and Six Payment Services, a major payment service company, to expand its online payment service in Europe.
Currently, Alipay can be used in France's Printemps, Germany's Zwilling store chain, and stores in Munich Airport.
Alipay's main target is providing service to 520 million Alipay users who use mobile payment when they travel in EU.
Alipay also has signed MOU (memorandum of understanding) related to cashless payment with Monaco government in June.
9th August 2017
Alipay, WeChat Pay vie for customers
"Positive factors: The widespread adoption of mobile payments is fuelled by growing smartphone usage and the expansion of e-commerce" (Reuters).
By dishing out a slew of incentives, such as cash rebates, free bus rides and even a chance to win gold, digital payment companies are taking the cashless payment fever to new heights. The battle comes after UnionPay and Apple both rolled out similar programmes in June and July to cultivate customer loyalty in China.
During the promotional period, consumers who use Alipay, the world’s top mobile payment tool, for their transactions stand to earn up to 4,888 yuan (US$727) in cash rebates if they make purchases at any of the 10 million-plus brick-and-mortar stores across the country accepting the service.
Using the e-payment service automatically gives the consumer a chance to win a piece of the jackpot, an 18.888kg slab of gold.
Tencent’s WeChat Pay (Wallet), which comes in as a close second in China’s red-hot mobile payment arena, also unveiled a raft of promotions during the same period.
Apart from a similar cash rebate scheme, WeChat users can accumulate savings and spend them on Aug 8. Consumers also gain additional cash rewards by sharing promotions with their WeChat contacts.
Alipay and WeChat Pay controlled more than 92% of China’s 18.8 trillion yuan mobile payment market in the first quarter of 2017, according to Beijing-based research firm Analysys.
According to research group eMarketer, China is the world’s largest proximity mobile payment market making payments by tapping, swiping or checking in with a mobile phone and nearly half of smartphone users in the country are expected to use such payment methods by 2020.
“This widespread adoption is fueled by growing smartphone usage and the expansion of e-commerce to rural areas,” said eMarketer analyst Shelleen Shum.
A study by consultancy Ipsos and Tencent found that mobile payments have become an intrinsic part of life for many Chinese people today, with 14% of them carrying no cash and 26% carrying less than 100 Yuan, when they head out.
Eric Jing, chief executive of Ant Financial, the parent company of Alipay, said the main objective of mobile payments is “by no means to eliminate cash but to give equal access to a wide array of merchandise and services that were previously unattainable for an underbanked population”.
A seller in Shanghai said, 'more than half of his transactions are made through Alipay, and this has improved business efficiency while greatly reducing the risk of him being paid with counterfeit notes'.
About Alternative Airlines
Alternative Airlines, the specialist online travel agent in booking lesser known airlines, is delighted to announce it will now accept Alipay on all of its websites making flight purchases easy and safe for its customers. Alternative Airlines will be able to accept payments from hundreds of millions of new customers using Alipay, China's most popular payment method. Alipay partners with a broad range of financial institutions and other partners in China.
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