Qatar Airways offers SA passengers new Visa Checkout service

2017-08-14 10:47 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town – Qatar Airways now offers Visa Checkout to South African travellers, an online checkout service that allows online transactions to be completed on any device with a few simple clicks.

The airline says, "Visa Checkout is an easier way to pay online as it provides a seamless and hassle-free purchasing experience, allowing faster and safer online transactions integrated with any major credit or debit card." 

Qatar Airways is one of the more than 300 000 merchants around the world that are already accepting Visa Checkout - however it is the launch customer of Visa Checkout launch in South Africa for local travellers.

"Registered users will no longer need to submit large amounts of payment and billing information every time they book online, but instead can finalise their online reservations with a click of a button.

"Once a Visa Checkout account has been created, passengers will be able to swiftly purchase their tickets online, without having to worry about re-entering their details in the future." 

And for a limited period SA travellers will be eligible for a 10 percent discount on flights when using the Visa Checkout platform.

SEE: Qatar scraps visas for 80 countries, including SA

"The offer runs from 14 August through 14 September on both premium class and economy fares with travel validity through 30 March 2018, by using promotion code VCOQRZA." 

On 10 August the Gulf state also announced visa-free travel for South Africans, as part of move which saw visa-free access granted to 80 countries in total. This as it  weathers a boycott by four Arab states and gears up to host the World Cup in 2022. 

SEE: What do the Qatar travel restrictions mean and how are travellers affected?

Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer  Ehab Amin says, “By introducing Visa Checkout, we are providing travellers with an efficient and hassle-free way to begin their journey." 

"Qatar Airways is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world, with 200 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents." 

The airline recently added Dublin, Republic of Ireland and Skopje, to its global network, soon to be followed by Prague, Czech Republic; Sohar, Sultanate of Oman; and Kyiv, Ukraine.

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