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Amadeus Meets Traveller Demand with BNPL Option

Uplift, a buy now pay later (BNPL) solution serving the world’s top travel brands is partnering with Amadeus for US and Canadian customers.

According to research with travellers, 68 per cent would spend more on travel if BNPL options were available. Travel remains a big-ticket item for consumers and especially so when planning a family or long-haul trip.

BNPL options have emerged over recent years as a way to spread the cost of a purchase across several monthly payments, delivering additional flexibility for travellers. That’s why Amadeus is partnering with travel specialist, Uplift, to bring BNPL services to its popular Amadeus Xchange Payment Platform (XPP), as part of a multi-provider BNPL ecosystem dedicated to travel.

XPP is used by hundreds of airlines and travel companies to power every aspect of their payments, from fraud prevention to payment acceptance. Now, airlines, travel agencies and hotels can easily add BNPL options to their sales channels via a single connection to Amadeus – making ‘Uplift’ BNPL options more easily available to travellers across the industry. Travelers can choose to pay for travel in a series of instalments over six, nine or twelve months.

Already common to the retail sector, BNPL is particularly well suited to the travel industry due to the common requirement for upfront payments at the time of booking. Amadeus research with more than 5,000 travellers suggests 68 per cent would spend more on travel if BNPL options were available, with 49 per cent confirming they would be more likely to buy airline ancillary services.

Beatrice Bouju, head of partnerships, payments, Amadeus said: “The growth of BNPL across all sectors has been remarkable and the message from travellers is clear – they want the choice to pay for the trip in instalments. Such payment options will help travel’s recovery by facilitating pent-up demand for higher value holidays as travel restrictions are lifted.”

She continued: “Our vision for the Amadeus Xchange Payment Platform is a one-stop-shop for travel companies to access the latest in fintech innovation, so adding BNPL services from two travel specialists to the mix was an easy choice.”

Tom Botts, chief commercial officer, Uplift added: Travelers increasingly prefer the option to pay for a trip in instalments, over two thirds of Uplift users chose BNPL because it reduces financial stress to pay over time versus all at once. BNPL has become a standard payment method across travel.

“Now, travel providers that rely on the Amadeus Xchange Payment Platform can add Uplift’s flexible payments quickly and simply, immediately benefiting from stronger customer loyalty and increased bookings.”

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  • Polly is a journalist, content creator and general opinion holder from North Wales. She has written for a number of publications, usually hovering around the topics of fintech, tech, lifestyle and body positivity.

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