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Alipay can only be used with the currency Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY) when booking with Alternative Airlines.

Check all our other accepted payment types if you want to pay for flights in another currency.

You can book your flights with Alternative Airlines and be able to use the Chinese payment method Alipay! Use the search bar at the top of the page to search for flights and simply choose Alipay as your payment method. Search for a range of flight tickets, pay in Chinese Yuan Renminbi and checkout with Alipay.

Alternative Airlines is one of the only English-speaking travel websites that offers Alipay as a payment method to book a combination of flights. 


What is Alipay?

Alipay is an online payment service and is an eWallet payment method, that belongs to the Alibaba group, supported by Alibaba, Taobao, Tmall and an increasing number of independent online stores.

Alipay's e-wallet is 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.

About Alipay

The popularity of mobile payments has been on the rise in China since the launch of Alipay and WeChat Pay, which jointly take 90% of China's mobile payment market share as the daily app of Chinese consumers. In 2016, Alipay and WeChat Pay enabled $2.9 trillion in Chinese digital payments, representing a 20-fold increase over the past four years, according to a report by the UN-based Better Than Cash Alliance released in April 2017.

Alternative Airlines accepts the Chinese payment method Alipay

China’s travellers are expected to take an estimated 700 million trips over the next five years. That means, if you take a one in a million trip from China, there are still 700 trips out there just like yours! Alternative Airlines understand the importance of easy travel and offer Alipay as a payment method to provide students, travellers and expatriates with the best service when buying flights.

What more can you tell me about Alipay?

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 company Alibaba, deal with UATP (Universal Air Travel Plan), a private network run by airlines like Air New ZealandDelta, 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 favoured over bank cards in emerging markets such as China. Here, E-Wallets like Alipay made up for more than half of online sales. 

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Alipay FAQs

Is Alipay an eWallet?

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.

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 confirmation, and sends the money to the seller. 

Can I use Alipay to buy flight tickets?

Alternative Airlines accepts Alipay for a range of airline tickets booked through their website. Over 600 airlines can be found on the site and payment can be made through a Alipay account at checkout.