Global Online Travel Payment Snapshot 2014

  • March 2014
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  • yStats - Research on International Markets
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  • 30 pages

1.) New online payment methods for travel provide alternatives to dominance of the credit card.

The latest report published by Hamburg-based secondary research organization “Global Online Travel Payment Snapshot 2014“, confirms that credit and debit card dominate in the vast dynamic market of online payment for travel and lodging, while alternative payment methods are slowly making inroads. Regarding these alternatives, analyst Tatiana Teplova states “alternative payment methods such as E-Wallets, online banking and mobile payment are on the rise, and the digital currency Bitcoin is also accepted by some online travel agencies.”

Global developments in online payments for online travel.
One general trend in online travel is the increasing use of mobile devices to make reservations, especially by business travelers and consumers who book last minute trips. With the increasing use of smartphones and tablet computers for travel planning, payment methods have to adapt to the emerging trend in consumer practice. A third of airlines already plan to facilitate the use of mobile payments for booking purposes in the next two years. PayPal is already accepted by an increasing number of travel booking websites.

Online payment fraud is a major concern of online travel agencies and booking websites. Though only around 1% of online travel payments is fraudulent, considering the size of the market, this is a significant number. Industry compliance with established safety regulations and keeping consumers informed about secure payment can contribute to decreasing the occurrence and cost of payment fraud.

Another trend on the online travel payments is towards immediate payment at the time of booking of hotels. Though both prepayment and reservation held by card for later payment at the desk are present on such travel booking websites as and, on other such as on pre-payment has become the dominant option.

Regional variations in online payment for flights and lodging
Though online travel is a global market, peculiarities of local payment environments influence travel payment practice. For example, budget airline Ryanair accepts direct debits on its website in Germany, where they are popular, and does not take surcharges on them. Online travel booking website, for which the primary market is Brazil, accepts the local banking payment method Boleto Bancario, while Japan-based All Nippon Airways accepts cash payment at convenience stores, which is an accepted payment practice in Japan. US airline companies United Airlines and Delta Air Lines offer the delayed payment method Bill Me Later, a PayPal brand, for customers with a billing addresses in the USA.

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Table Of Contents

Global Online Travel Payment Snapshot 2014
1. Management Summary

2. Overview and Trends
•Online Travel Payment Overview and Trends, 2014
•Overview of Alternative Payments in Online Travel, 2014
•Overview of Fraud in Travel Online Payment, 2014

3. Payment Methods on Leading Online Travel Websites
•Snapshot of Payment Methods Offered by Leading Online Travel and Airline Websites, March 2014
•Overview of Payment Methods Offered by 10 Leading Online Travel Booking Websites, Ranked by Estimated Visits in October 2013, March 2014
•Overview of Payment Methods Offered by 10 Leading Websites of Airlines, Ranked by Global Website Rank, March 2014

4. Global Statistics
•Payment Methods Most Used to Book Flights Online, in % of Consumers Who Book Flights Online, 2013e
•Breakdown of Payments Made on Hotel Websites, 2012
•Accepted Alternative Payment Methods, in % of Airlines, 2012 and 2013e
•Mobile Payment Methods Use and Intent, in % of Travel Companies, 2013e
•New Payment Methods Planned to be Accepted in the Next 2 Years, 2013e
•Actions Taken Against Online Payment Fraud, in % of Airlines, 2013e

5. Regional and Country Insights
•Breakdown of Airline Passenger Revenues in the USA by Payment Method, in %, 2012
•Reasons to Book a Trip Online in Germany, Incl. “Possibility to Pay with Credit Card“, in % of Travellers who Booked a Trip Online, 2013
•Breakdown of Online Payments in Online Travel in Russia, by Method, in %, 2013
•Value of Third-Party Online Payments in Air Travel in China, in CNY billion and in % Share on Total Third Party Online Payments, 2010 - 2013e
•Payment Methods Used for Online Booking of Business Trips in Africa, in % of Business Travel Decision-Makers, by Countries and Total, 2013

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