Now that China has fully reopened and tour groups and independent travelers can travel in both directions, airlines and airports are looking for the region’s most effective products and services. Singapore’s Changi Airport Group has worked with partners to develop a system that allows its Changi Pay digital wallet to be accepted on China’s Alipay+ network.
Simple transactions with Changi Pay
This week, the Changi Airport Group (CAG), operators of Singapore Changi Airport, said that Singapore residents visiting China can use the Changi Pay digital wallet to scan and pay for purchases. Changi Pay users can pay securely at merchants on the Alipay+ network in China, where mobile payments via QR cards are much more popular than with traditional bank cards or cash.
Changi Pay users will avoid transaction fees that often come with overseas credit cards and receive more favorable exchange rates while transacting in China. As an incentive to spend more, those who use Changi Pay while in China will also receive e-vouchers, which can be redeemed when shopping at Changi Airport. CAG executive vice president for Commercial Ms Lim Peck Hoon said:
“We have been turbocharging our digitalisation efforts to enhance the travelling experience for our passengers and we are proud to see this collaboration bear fruit. Alipay is a widely accepted form of payment in China and the inclusion of Changi Pay on the Alipay+ network not only brings greater benefits and convenience to Singapore residents visiting China but also puts Changi Pay on the world map as we progressively roll this out in other countries.“