Published on : Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Delta is partnering with UnionPay International to make it easier for Chinese consumers in China and the U.S. to purchase airline tickets via delta.com. The move, which sees Delta become the first United States carrier to accept both UnionPay credit and debit cards on its website, is part of the airline’s ongoing effort to better serve Chinese travelers.
UnionPay is an International bankcard association established in 2002. With over 5 billion cards issued worldwide, UnionPay offers convenient and secure payment services to its cardholders, issuers and global merchant base. With UnionPay as a payment option on delta.com, Chinese travelers will now be able to use the largest bankcard network for their online bookings.
“The partnership with UnionPay International is part of our ongoing effort to build the most Chinese-friendly U.S. airline,” said Wong Hong, Delta’s President – Greater China. “Adding a new payment option reinforces Delta’s commitment to offering more choices for Chinese travelers.”
“The partnership with Delta offers better payment convenience to Chinese travelers as well as all UnionPay cardholders,” said Miriam Park, General Manager of UnionPay International – America. “Expanding the acceptance scope of UnionPay cards enriches our products and services while enhancing the card-using experiences of UnionPay cardholders.”
Delta has been increasing nonstop flights from China to the U.S. since 2009 to address the growing travel demand in the market. The airline is making significant investments to build the most Chinese-friendly U.S. airline. Chinese travelers are well served with local language options on delta.com, at airport self-service kiosks, with in-flight entertainment and with Chinese meal selections. The airline also has Chinese-speaking flight attendants on every flight to/from China. Through its official WeChat account, the airline provides Chinese customers with in-language information about marketing campaigns, fare sale promotions, Delta brand stories and travel tips for destinations, as well as functions of customer care service and flight status checking.
Delta currently operates daily nonstop flights from Beijing to Seattle and Detroit and from Shanghai to Seattle, Detroit, Los Angeles and Tokyo-Narita. Delta also offers service from Hong Kong to Seattle. Together with our partners China Eastern, Shanghai Airlines and China Southern, Delta offers extensive network connections to China and the United States.