United Airlines is partnering with PayPal to make contactless in-flight purchases even though no Wi-Fi is available, World Airline News reported on Wednesday (October 6th).
Beginning in November, United customers on select flights can show a flight attendant a PayPal QR code and use it to purchase snacks and other items, according to the report.
“PayPal QR codes can be used on select flights departing Chicago O’Hare International Airport in November, and before the end of the year, they will extend to all flights across the network where contactless payment is available, ”the report says.
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United is the first airline to offer PayPal QR codes as part of its contactless payment tools, according to the report. The airline was also the first to offer economy class passengers the ability to pre-order snacks and drinks from the United app and website. Customers can also store their payment information in a digital wallet.
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Enhanced dining options have also been offered to passengers in domestic premium cabins on flights over 1,500 miles and hub-to-hub flights over 800 miles, according to the report.
Last year was one of the worst the airline industry has ever seen, losing more than $ 35 billion as pandemic lockdowns brought most flights to a standstill. Although this year is expected to generate more revenue, the delta variant has made the recovery fragile.
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In May, United launched a campaign to get people to fly again. CEO Scott Kirby said at the time that the two-part promotion, titled “Your Shot to Fly,” was about getting people vaccinated, while encouraging them to dream of exotic destinations with the chance to win a free trip for a year.