MANILA – Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Smart Communications Inc. have signed a partnership deal to develop an app that will allow passengers to book and pay for flights using mobile devices.
The new app will give users access to PAL’s online booking system and pay using MePay, a payment system developed by Smart e-Money Inc.
The app and mobile website will be made available to Smart, Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular subscribers without any data charges.
“This new service is the flag carrier’s latest initiative aimed at enhancing the total customer experience when booking and paying for a flight via mobile devices. It is one of PAL’s innovations in line with its commitment to keep in step with advancements in technology for the benefit of passengers,” said PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista said.
PAL passengers can book and pay for flights using credit cards, debit cards, Smart Money, ATM and offline payments with MePay.
The new payment facility also leverages on Smart e-Money’s network of more than 10,000 Smart Padala centers nationwide, which means customers can pay through sari-sari stores, convenience stores and outlets that are part of the Smart Padala network.
The PAL web app will be launched in 2015 while the mobile app for both iOS and Android phones will be released early next year.
“With smartphone adoption increasing around the country, it is but natural for PAL to extend their perks and services for flyers to their mobile phones,” said Smart president and chief executive Napoleon Nazareno.