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Purchasing Flights with Alternative Airlines just became easier

You can now use Tigo Pesa to pay for your flights when booking online through Alternative Airlines. Just search for flights online as normal and simply select Tigo as your payment method when you decide to book. At Alternative Airlines, we want you to pay your way, using the currency and payment method that best suits you. Check out our other methods of payment here.

 

 

"At Alternative Airlines, we are always trying to make flight bookings easier for our customers. Adding a convenient, secure payment method like Tigo Pesa was a natural fit."

-Sam Argyle, Managing Director

 

 

You can now use Tigo Pesa to buy your flights with Alternative Airlines

Alternative Airlines, the specialist online travel agent in booking lesser known and niche destinations, is delighted to announce it accepts Airtel on all of its websites. Airtel allows customers to pay through their mobile, using their mobile number at a pace that is suitable and comfortable for them.

 

 

About Tigo Pesa

Tigo's name derives from the Spanish word "contigo", which means "with you". Tigo Pesa offers the possibilitiy to get services to communities in Tanzania that are most at risk, in districts that are complex to reach. With Tigo Pesa you can send and receive money with more people and businesses than you can with any other service – including all MPesa and Airtel Money users. Make payments to over 300,000 merchants with Tigo Pesa.

 

  • Pay bills
  • Buy airtime
  • Send and receive money
  • Shop and pay 
  • Use the Tigo Pesa App

 

 

 

 

  • What is referred to as Tigo Money in Latin America, is called Tigo Cash in Africa and Tigo Pesa in Tanzania. All three are dynamic, closely tailored product platforms for an award winning range of world-leading Mobile Financial Services (MFS). 

 

  • Each of them simplifies and represents MFS to customers in nine very different markets (Ghana, Tanzania, Chad, Rwanda, Senegal, El Salvador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Honduras) where so many customers do not have access to formal banking institutions.

 

  • The take-up has been rapid with more than 9.6 million customers (Q1 2015) - more than nineteen per cent of our customer base within our MFS markets - now using services that range from international remittances and money transfers, to interest earning mobile money accounts, micro-credit, payments and billing. 

 

  • At a glance, 6.12 million of these are in Africa, 1.9 million in Central America and 1.45 million in South America. In Tanzania, more than 50 per cent of the customer base uses MFS. 

 

  • Since launching, Tigo Money, Tigo Cash and Tigo Pesa have together shown consistent and strong growth. 

 


 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Mobile Payments?

 

Whether it is booking travel, buying online, paying back loans, or sending money to friends and family, payments need to be made. Mobile payments make that process efficient and effective. Instead of cash and credit cards, mobile payments allow customers to use a mobile device, which they carry everywhere, to pay for goods and services.

In the African travel industry, mobile payments simplify the reservation process by enabling users with a mobile money account in any country to instantly make travel purchases in their home and foreign countries.

 

 

Benefits of Mobile Payment Solutions

 

Ability to Provide Financial Services

Mobile payments are a great solution for providing financial services to the unbanked population of the world (estimated at 50% of the world’s adult population, according to Financial Access’ 2009 Report “Half the World is Unbanked”). Because 70% of Africa now has mobile phones and banks in this part of the world are inaccessible to most of the population, mobile payment solutions are an effective way to supply the banking services needed by the people.

 

 

 


 

About Alternative Airlines

Alternative Airlines is an online flight search complete with customer service specialising in booking flights on lesser known airlines and to remote destinations. We offer you a wider choice of airlines supported by a team of customer service and travel specialists for help and advice on your travel plans. We specialise in finding the best available fares on the widest range of airlines and making them available to you online, with prices in the currency of your choice.

 

Alternative Airlines handles all your travel arrangements and payments, complete with ticketed confirmation. We do not direct you to other websites or service providers. We help you through the process. This is what makes us Alternative Airlines.Check out our reviews: Alternative Airlines - Feefo Reviews

 

Browse for flights, find some amazing deals, make a reservation and pay in the currency of your choice today with Alternative Airlines. Let Alternative Airlines help find you the best prices and make international and domestic flight reservations with us today.

 

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Pay your way

Pay for flights in, Indian Rupee, USD or 70 other currencies of your choice with Alternative Airlines.

Choose from over 18 payment methods, including PayPal, Apple Pay , Fly now Pay later and Alipay

 

Check out all of our payment methods here.

 

 

 


 

News

5th March 2018

Tanzania to launch Tigo Pesa app in April 2018

With over 40 million mobile users in Tanzania, there is a real opportunity for growth in this technology to financially connect those not yet included. Tigo Tanzania, Mastercard and local fintech Selcom have partnered to introduce Masterpass QR on Tigo’s Mobile Financial Services platform, called Tigo Pesa.

 

Almost seven million registered wallet holders of the Tigo Pesa solution will be able to pay for goods and services before the end of the second quarter of 2018. By scanning a Quick Response (QR) code at merchants via their Tigo Pesa app using their smartphone, they will be able to make payment. Feature phone users can use the USSD menu and simply type in a unique merchant code available under the merchant’s QR code. The partnership announcement during the Mobile World Congress marks the launch of the country’s first truly global interoperable QR payment solution, allowing payments by both mobile money users and banked consumers at locations displaying the Masterpass QR logo.

 

2nd March 2018

Tigo Tanzania partners with Mastercard to introduce Masterpass QR to Tanzania 

The mobile services platform, Tigo Pisa, will definitely offer Mastercard’s payment system, Masterpass QR, to Tanzania. Tigo Tanzania, the company running the platform, Mastercard, and Selecom, a local fintech, have all partnered on the project.

 

With Tazania has more than 40 million mobile users, almost 7 millionTigo Pisa users will be able to use the Masterpass QR system to pay for goods by the latter half of this year. The platform works by scanning QR codes via the Tigo Pesa app on a smart phone. “Tigo Pesa is not only a payments enabler,” said Simon Karikari, Managing Director at TigoTanzania. “It is a platform where customers can perform a full range of financial services, where Masterpass is a strong addition to the range of products and services our customers can enjoy in their daily lives.”

 

 

1th September 2017

Tanzanian Embracing Tigo Pesa To Pay Utility Bills

Thanks to Tigo Pesa digital payment system in Tanzania that is lately making life of people easier than before. Tigo Pesa is a local application for smartphone to allow customers pay their utility bills including buying kilowatt-hours of electricity energy from their mobile devices. The system is fast and easy to use. It saves lot of time of consumers who now don’t need to wait in queue for about an hour to buy electricity for home.

 

A 10,000 Tanzanian shillings can get 28 kilowatt-hours of energy that is enough to power for about a week a small house of one family. TANESCO is the state power supplier in the country and with the wide use of digital payment it is able to reduce expenses and boost up revenues. With the pre-payment the company don’t need the manual meter reading done and overcome the scope of electricity theft too. A study reveals with the digital payment new business opportunities can be created and improve cash flow for utilities. It increases transparency too and boosts up off-grid operations. TANESCO spokesperson said most of their customers are now using the digital payment platform to buy electricity from them. Gradually more African countries are embracing the digital payment system to help customers pay their utility bills with ease and on time to avoid penalty.