Southwest Airlines Chooses Amazon Payments for In-Flight Purchase Processing
Southwest Airlines announced they will be working with Amazon to process in-flight purchase payments. Passengers will be able to buy movies, Wi-Fi access and messaging services without having to use their credit cards.
Users can register with Amazon Payments before their flights and upload any credit cards they may want to use for purchases. While on the plane, they can simply log in with their Amazon username and password to pay for purchases, rather than paying with their credit cards. This is particularly beneficial for international travelers who may choose to leave their credit cards at home. They can still spend money on those cards as long as they are linked to their Amazon account.
The carrier’s onboard entertainment portal is powered by Global Eagle Entertainment, and is compatible with both iOS and Android operating systems.
“The addition of Pay with Amazon enables passengers to access the wide variety of entertainment and connectivity choices available on Southwest quickly and more conveniently than ever,” said Alexis Steinman, senior vice president of digital media solutions, Global Eagle Entertainment.
This is not the first time the “Pay with Amazon” feature has been offered on airlines. In September 2013, the in-flight digital entertainment provider Gogo added Amazon as a payment option for its wireless connectivity. Gogo allows users to connect to the Internet with their smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices while they are in the air. Some of the airlines using Gogo include American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Virgin America.