The largest airline in Australia, Qantas Airways (QA) has inked a deal to enable customers to use UnionPay cards for flight bookings on Qantas website. The two sides also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand the online acceptance of UnionPay cards to all Qantas flights and will collaborate in promotion campaigns.
The latest data show that UnionPay global acceptance network has expanded to 162 countries and regions. Australia is a major destination for Chinese tourists and exchange students, and UnionPay has made remarkable progress there.
In 2014 UnionPay International inked comprehensive cooperation agreements with Westpac and ANZ Bank respectively. Then, the projects were launched smoothly. Now, 90% of the local ATMs and 70% of the local merchants support UnionPay cards, while 60% of these merchants also support UnionPay mobile QuickPass.
Besides the expansion of its offline acceptance network, UnionPay is also accepted at online merchants in Australia. QA is the first airline to offer UnionPay Online Payment service in Australia. This time, UnionPay International and QA have agreed to expand online acceptance cooperation to all Qantas flights and will jointly launch promotion campaigns for UnionPay cardholders to improve user experiences.
UnionPay’s service capacity for cardholders visiting Australia is enhancing too. After spending AUD300 or more at merchants in Australia, tourists can claim tax refund via UnionPay credit cards at 15 Customs outlets on departure. Cardholders may also download the mobile phone application of “TRS”, and choose UnionPay credit card as the method to get tax refund. In this way, they can complete tax refund application online in advance, and greatly shorten the processing time via express channels.