Over the last years Paypal has firmly established itself as a mainstream online payment provider with millions of users worldwide. An increasing number of international airlines allow Paypal to be used for flight payments.
Be aware that some airlines can have various restrictions – a Paypal payment option may only be available for residents of certain countries. Sometimes only flights priced in specific currencies may be available for Paypal purchase.
When paying by Paypal do check the payment fee that the airline charges – compare this with other forms of payment that may be available. Using Paypal it is possible to make the payment via a credit card, debit card, bank transfer or using any positive balance in your account.
Finally, consider that paying by credit card directly (not via Paypal) in many countries will offer you a far higher degree of consumer protection should the airline go bankrupt. For example, in the UK paying by credit card for goods priced £100 to £30,000 makes the retailer and card company jointly liable.
Paypal Airlines List 2015
At AirTravelGenius.com we’ve published the Paypal list annually since 2008. The latest list is updated for 2015 and has now reached 42 airlines – listed below in alphabetical order:
01. Air Asia (Malaysia)
02. Air China (China)
03. Alitalia (Italy)
04. American Airlines (USA)
05. British Airways (UK)
06. Brussels Airlines (Belgium)
07. Cebu Pacific Air (Philippines)
08. China Airlines (Taiwan)
09. China Eastern Airlines (China)
10. China Southern Airlines (China)
11. Delta Airlines (USA)
12. El Al (Israel)
13. Emirates (UAE)
14. Etihad (UAE)
15. Flybe (UK)
16. Germanwings (Germany)
17. GOL Airlines (Brazil)
18. Hainan Airlines (China)
19. Iberia (Spain)
20. Jet 2 (UK)
21. JetBlue (USA)
22. Jetstar (Australia)
23. KLM (Netherlands)
24. LAN (Chile)
25. LOT Polish Airlines (Poland)
26. Lufthansa (Germany)
27. Malaysia Airlines (Malaysia)
28. Monarch Airlines (UK)
29. Qatar Airways (Qatar)
30. Royal Jordanian (Jordan)
31. Ryanair (Ireland)
32. South African Airways (South Africa)
33. Singapore Airlines (Singapore)
34. Southwest Airlines (USA)
35. TAP Portugal (Portugal)
36. Transavia (Netherlands)
37. United Airlines (USA)
38. US Airways (USA)
39. Vietnam Airlines (Vietnam)
40. Virgin Australia (Australia)
41. Volaris (Mexico)
42. Vueling (Spain)
Restrictions: Air Asia – direct debit in AUD only; American Airlines – USA/Canada/UK only; Delta Airlines – USA only; Emirates – AUD/EUR/GBP/USD only; Jet 2 – GBP/EUR only; KLM – klm.com for Canada/Mexico/USA only, KLM mobile site available in 30 countries; Malaysia Airlines – only on MHmobile site in MYR/NZD/EUR/AUD/HKD/SGD/JPY/GBP/USD; Monarch Airlines – GBP/EUR only; South African Airways - travel must originate from Australia/Brazil/Europe/New Zealand/UK/ USA.
Most of the major airlines in the US and Europe are now taking Paypal payments. Major travel agent sites such as Hotwire can also accept Paypal for flight bookings. Use of Paypal by Middle-Eastern and Asian airlines is also slowly growing.
In Australia we note the continued absence of Qantas. However, Australian travel agents Webjet, Jetabroad and Flight Centre have long accepted Paypal for domestic and international flight bookings.
If you know of any other airline that we may have missed please drop us a line!