Flynas customers get BNPL as a payment option
Saudi Arabian airline flynas announced in a July 5 press release that it is partnering with Amazon Payment Services to offer buy now, pay later payment options to people who purchase flynas flights.
The news means flynas is the first Saudi airline to offer BNPL as a payment method. The move means eligible customers will have the option to split the cost of their purchase and repay in monthly installments.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Stefan Magiera, Commercial Director of flynas, said: “flynas has always sought to provide our customers with more choices when booking and purchasing their tickets. Today, we are pleased to offer our customers this new payment option to purchase their tickets in installments, giving them more opportunities to travel and expanding their options when choosing their preferred destinations.”
“Since the launch of flynas, we have always been leaders in the adoption of new technologies to offer more choices to our customers. We were the first airline to accept credit card payments, the first company to accept online payments and the first to accept payments via apps such as STC Pay. Today, we are the first to offer our customers installments as a new payment option, and we are convinced that this will improve the experience of customers and allow them to enjoy more flights on our aircraft,” added Magiera.
Amazon Payment Services provides digital payment solutions for a number of markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Commenting on the announcement, Mona Alsemayen, Head of Strategy and Growth for Saudi Arabia at Amazon Payment Services, said, “At Amazon Payment Services, our goal is to innovate on behalf of our merchants to deliver the most wide choice possible to their customers, the end user to make the purchases he wants in the payment methods he prefers. By offering the option of payment by installments to their travelers through the credit card issuing bank, flynas is at the forefront of innovation in the Saudi travel industry by adopting technologies that improve the customer experience in its together .”
Eligibility for BNPL payment depends on the bank issuing the credit card. Currently, installments are supported by banks in three countries – Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and amazon payment services allow consumers to choose from multiple installment plans.
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