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MasterCard Expands MasterPass Acceptance Across Travel Industry

MasterCard announced today (July 29) that it has expanded its MasterPass acceptance in the travel industry to include more planes, trains and cruises, allowing travelers to purchase travel options quicker online.

MasterPass is now accepted in 24 countries and allows consumers to shop securely online or in-app using any device. MasterPass also has boosted its online travel booking growth across multiple continents. Some examples include:

  • In North America, Canada’s national passenger rail network VIA Rail is now live with MasterPass at checkout, and leading Canadian airline WestJet is currently live on both mobile and tablet platforms. Carnival Cruise Line will also be adding a "Buy With MasterPass" button to their site in Q1 2016.
  • In Europe, Alitalia Airlines, the national airline of Italy, and train operator, Trenitalia, offer MasterPass as a checkout option to its customers, as does Czech Railways.
  • Travelers in the Asia Pacific market can use MasterPass for travel purchases made with Singapore Airlines and Taiwan High Speed Rail, as well as online travel agent Zuji and Hong Kong Airport Express Line.
  • Across the globe in South Africa, South African Airways, the country’s largest airline, and its low-cost carrier, Mango Airlines, are both live with MasterPass. The Legacy Hotels and Resorts Group has recently come on-board to offer MasterPass users great opportunities to enjoy their range of leisure properties.

“Travel merchants are increasingly looking to drive efficiencies in the online booking process,” said Vib Prasad, Group Head of MasterPass at MasterCard. “MasterPass can provide a seamless checkout experience while delivering the security our cardholders have come to expect when using a MasterCard, so they can focus on enjoying their time away.”

MasterPass users can also add loyalty programs, and shop with their account at any MasterPass accepting merchant globally. MasterPass is accepted by more than 250,000 merchants globally across travel, entertainment, quick service restaurants, retail and more.

“In the ambit of eCommerce today, consumers want a faster and simpler payment process. MasterCard delivers such a solution, shortening time and making payment a breeze for regular online shoppers. We believe with MasterPass as an additional payment option on our website, SIA customers will enjoy an even better checkout experience,” said Foo Chai Woo, Divisional Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Singapore Airlines Limited.

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