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Which Airlines Accept Paypal Payments for Flights?

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 offer Paypal as a payment method for flight tickets.

Many people prefer paying by Paypal for convenience and security as they often do not have to fill any credit card details directly online during the transaction.

Here are a few things to bear in mind when using Paypal for flights:

*Before booking you should already have a Paypal account, which is relatively simple to set up.

*Be aware that some airlines can have various restrictions for making Paypal payments. Paypal may only be available for residents of certain countries or for payments in specific currencies.

*When considering using Paypal as a form of payment do check the fee the airline charges – and compare this to other forms of payment that may be available.

*When paying by Paypal it is possible to make the payment via a credit card, debit card, bank transfer or using any positive balance in your Paypal account.

*Do remember that paying by credit card in most countries offers a higher degree of consumer protection should the airline or travel company 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.

*For those who do not have, do not want or cannot get a credit card, then Paypal does offer an alternative payment method for flights worldwide.

*In the US, Paypal also offers Paypal Credit (formerly BillMeLater) which allows users to defer payment for 6 months. A limited amount of airlines let you pay with Paypal Credit.

Paypal Airlines List 2018

At AirTravelGenius.com we’ve published the Paypal airlines list annually since 2008. The 2018 list currently contains 70 airlines. The latest additions are Air Caraïbes, Blue Panorama Airlines, Binter Canarias, Caribbean Airlines, Cathay Pacific, CSA Czech Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Saudia, SAS, SmartWings and Xiamen Airlines; Air Berlin and Monarch Airlines both dropped off the list due to bankruptcy in 2017. The full list is in alphabetical order:

  1. Aegean Airlines (Greece)
  2. Aeromexico (Mexico)
  3. Air Asia (Malaysia)
  4. AirBaltic (Latvia)
  5. Air Caraïbes (France)
  6. Air China (China)
  7. Air France (France)
  8. Alitalia (Italy)
  9. Amaszonas (Bolivia)
  10. American Airlines (USA)
  11. Aurigny (Guernsey)
  12. Austrian Airlines (Austria)
  13. Azores Airlines (Portugal)
  14. Binter Canarias (Spain)
  15. Blue Air (Romania)
  16. Blue Panorama Airlines (Italy)
  17. British Airways (UK)
  18. Brussels Airlines (Belgium)
  19. Caribbean Airlines (Trinidad & Tobago)
  20. Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong)
  21. Cebu Pacific Air (Philippines)
  22. China Airlines (Taiwan)
  23. China Eastern Airlines (China)
  24. China Southern Airlines (China)
  25. CSA Czech Airlines (Czech Republic)
  26. Delta Airlines (USA)
  27. El Al (Israel)
  28. Emirates (UAE)
  29. Ethiopian (Ethiopia)
  30. Etihad (UAE)
  31. Eurowings (Germanwings) (Germany)
  32. Flybe (UK)
  33. GOL Airlines (Brazil)
  34. Hainan Airlines (China)
  35. Iberia (Spain)
  36. Interjet (Mexico)
  37. Jet2 (UK)
  38. JetBlue (USA)
  39. Jetstar (Australia)
  40. Kenya Airways (Kenya)
  41. KLM (Netherlands)
  42. LATAM (LAN) (Chile)
  43. LOT Polish Airlines (Poland)
  44. Lufthansa (Germany)
  45. Malaysia Airlines (Malaysia)
  46. Philippine Airlines (Philippines)
  47. Qatar Airways (Qatar)
  48. Royal Air Maroc (Morocco)
  49. Royal Jordanian (Jordan)
  50. Ryanair (Ireland)
  51. SAS (Sweden)
  52. SATA (Portugal)
  53. Saudia (Saudi Arabia)
  54. South African Airways (South Africa)
  55. Singapore Airlines (Singapore)
  56. SmartWings (Czech Republic)
  57. Southwest Airlines (USA)
  58. StarPerú (Peru)
  59. T’Way Air (South Korea)
  60. TAAG (Angola)
  61. TAP Portugal (Portugal)
  62. Thai Airways (Thailand)
  63. Transavia (Netherlands)
  64. United Airlines (USA)
  65. Vietnam Airlines (Vietnam)
  66. Virgin Australia (Australia)
  67. Volaris (Mexico)
  68. Volotea (Spain)
  69. Vueling (Spain)
  70. Xiamen Airlines (China)
Restrictions: 
Air Asia – Australian dollar (AUD) only
American Airlines – USA/Canada/UK only 
Cathay Pacific - only journeys commencing in 21 countries
Delta Airlines – USA only; also accepts "Paypal Credit"
Emirates – AUD/EUR/GBP/USD only
Jet 2 – GBP/EUR only
Malaysia Airlines – only on MHmobile app
SAS - Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, and UK only.
South African Airways - travel from Australia/Brazil/Europe/NZ/UK/USA
Disclaimer: list is subject to change and cannot be guaranteed

To make the list easier to digest, let’s split the airlines that use Paypal by world region:

Airlines that Accept Paypal 2018 by Region

Europe (28 airlines)

Aegean Airline
AirBaltic
Air France
Alitalia
Aurigny
Austrian Airlines
Azores Airlines
Binter Canarias
Blue Air
Blue Panorama Airlines
British Airways
Brussels Airlines
CSA Czech Airlines
Eurowings
Flybe
Iberia
Jet2
KLM
LOT Polish Airlines
Lufthansa
Ryanair
SAS
SATA
SmartWings
TAP Portugal
Transavia
Volotea
Vueling

North America/Caribbean (7 airlines)

Air Caraïbes
American Airlines
Caribbean Airlines
Delta Airlines
JetBlue
Southwest Airlines
United Airlines

Latin America (7 airlines)

Aeromexico
Amaszonas
GOL Airlines
Interjet
LATAM
StarPerú
Volaris

Asia (15 airlines)

Air Asia
Air China
Cathay Pacific
Cebu Pacific Air
China Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines
Hainan Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
Philippine Airlines
Singapore Airlines
T’Way Air
Thai Airways
Vietnam Airlines
Xiamen Airlines

Africa (5 airlines)

Ethiopian
Kenya Airways
Royal Air Maroc
South African Airways
TAAG

Middle East (6 airlines)

El Al
Emirates
Etihad
Qatar Airways
Royal Jordanian
Saudia

Oceania (2 airlines)

Jetstar
Virgin Australia

Most of the major airlines in the US and Europe are now taking Paypal payments.  Use of Paypal by Middle-Eastern and Asian airlines has been slowly growing. Major travel agents/flight websites such as Cheapoair and Hotwire can also accept Paypal for flight bookings.

In Australia and New Zealand we note the continued absence of Qantas and Air New Zealand. However, Australian travel agents Webjet, Jetabroad and Flight Centre have long accepted Paypal for domestic and international flight bookings.

Paypal Airlines List Progression (2008-2018)

airtravelgenius paypal airlines 2008When we undertook the first survey in 2008 there were only 9 airlines that accepted Paypal! For historical reference these were: Air Asia X, Air Tran, Delta Airlines, Jet Blue, Midwest, Monarch Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest and US Airways – interestingly only 4 of the original 9 airlines remain operational, as a result of past bankruptcies and takeovers.

The Paypal airlines list has grown from 9 airlines (2008), 14 airlines (2009), 15 airlines (2010), 23 airlines (2011-2013), 34 airlines (2014), 42 airlines (2015), 45 airlines (2016), 54 airlines (2017) to 59 airlines (2018).

Paypal was actually first introduced as a payment format for airline flights back in 2007. The very first airline to accept Paypal was Northwest Airlines in June 2007 shortly followed by Southwest Airlines a few days later. Monarch Airlines became the first airline in Europe to accept Paypal in October 2007.

Here are the dates of the 12 airlines which first started accepting Paypal in 2007 and 2008:

1. Northwest Airlines – 28 June 2007
2. Southwest Airlines – 9 July 2007
3. Midwest Airlines – 2 September 2007
4. US Airways – 16 October 2007
5. Monarch Airlines – 23 October 2007
6. Air Tran – 5 November 2007
7. JetBlue – 4 April 2008
8. Delta Airlines – 28 May 2008
9. Air Asia X – 10 June 2008
10. Continental Airlines – 1 September 2008
11. American Airlines – 13 November 2008
12. Jet2 – 15 December 2008

To this day Paypal remains an important payment processor and the current list should slowly expand further. We are also seeing new forms of payment such as Bitcoin (and other crypto-currencies) hitting the mainstream. In July 2014 AirBaltic became the first airline to announce it would accept Bitcoin on its website.

The main Paypal Airlines List is always a fluid work in progress, so if you know of any other airline that we may have missed out please drop us a line! Many thanks to readers Joachim (03-17 and 04-18), Filippo (06-17), Rakesh (07-17) and Sinisa (02-18) for contributing to updates.