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Travel For Even Cheaper Now As Scoot Removes Payment Processing Fees Globally

Looking to travel somewhere before 2019 comes to a close? Here’s some great news.

Today, low-cost carrier Scoot announced the removal of payment processing fees globally, aligning with its vision of making travel attainable for all.

This means that flights will get cheaper for travellers!

Said Mr Lee Lik Hsin, Scoot’s CEO on the announcement: “When Scoot first started, we offered a limited range of payment methods at a higher implementation and maintenance cost. As we expanded globally and heard our customers’ feedback, we took advantage of advancements in payment technology to implement many more payment methods to improve our customers’ experience.”

“In order to pass on the savings to our customers as our costs came down, we have since March 2018 progressively removed payment processing fees in selected markets. Now, we are ready to do away with it globally.”

This change will happen with immediate effect and will be applicable to bookings made on its direct channels.

For travel out of Singapore, Scoot previously charged $10 per traveller per flight for payment via credit card. This meant that for a return trip to Taipei from Singapore, each traveller previously incurred a $20 payment processing fee.

These fees will no longer be applicable.

Singapore Travellers, Use PayNow To Pay For Your Air Ticket

In a bid to provide its customers with a seamless booking experience, Scoot currently offers a wide range of payment options.

Beyond the more common payment options like Credit Card and PayPal, Scoot also offers payment via e-wallets Apple Pay and Google Pay.

With a presence in 67 cities and 17 countries and territories, Scoot has also made efforts to tie up with localised payment systems.

For example, customers in Singapore can pay via local payment methods like AXS and PayNow.

Other examples of their localisation efforts include payment by WeChat Pay and Alipay for customers in China, Konbini for those in Japan, DragonPay for those in the Philippines, and POLi for customers in Australia. 

With technological advancements helping to significantly defray costs required to support and maintain payment infrastructure, Scoot has progressively removed payment processing fees since March 2018, starting with Europe.

P.S. If you’re looking for even more savings, Scoot’s Got To Go Promotion is also commencing tomorrow (24 Sept)! Find out more about the destinations and applicable travel periods for the promotion here: www.flyscoot.com/gtg

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