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 59 airlines. The latest additions are Aegean Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Azores Airlines, Interjet, SATA and Volotea; Air Berlin and Monarch Airlines both dropped off the list due to bankruptcy in 2017. The full list is in alphabetical order:
- Aegean Airlines (Greece)
- Aeromexico (Mexico)
- Air Asia (Malaysia)
- AirBaltic (Latvia)
- Air China (China)
- Air France (France)
- Alitalia (Italy)
- Amaszonas (Bolivia)
- American Airlines (USA)
- Aurigny (Guernsey)
- Austrian Airlines (Austria)
- Azores Airlines (Portugal)
- Blue Air (Romania)
- British Airways (UK)
- Brussels Airlines (Belgium)
- Cebu Pacific Air (Philippines)
- China Airlines (Taiwan)
- China Eastern Airlines (China)
- China Southern Airlines (China)
- Delta Airlines (USA)
- El Al (Israel)
- Emirates (UAE)
- Ethiopian (Ethiopia)
- Etihad (UAE)
- Eurowings (Germanwings) (Germany)
- Flybe (UK)
- GOL Airlines (Brazil)
- Hainan Airlines (China)
- Iberia (Spain)
- Interjet (Mexico)
- Jet2 (UK)
- JetBlue (USA)
- Jetstar (Australia)
- Kenya Airways (Kenya)
- KLM (Netherlands)
- LATAM (LAN) (Chile)
- LOT Polish Airlines (Poland)
- Lufthansa (Germany)
- Malaysia Airlines (Malaysia)
- Philippine Airlines (Philippines)
- Qatar Airways (Qatar)
- Royal Jordanian (Jordan)
- Ryanair (Ireland)
- SATA (Portugal)
- South African Airways (South Africa)
- Singapore Airlines (Singapore)
- Southwest Airlines (USA)
- StarPerú (Peru)
- T’Way Air (South Korea)
- TAAG (Angola)
- TAP Portugal (Portugal)
- Thai Airways (Thailand)
- Transavia (Netherlands)
- United Airlines (USA)
- Vietnam Airlines (Vietnam)
- Virgin Australia (Australia)
- Volaris (Mexico)
- Volotea (Spain)
- Vueling (Spain)
Restrictions: Air Asia – Australian dollar (AUD) only American Airlines – USA/Canada/UK only 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 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 (23 airlines)
LOT Polish Airlines
North America (5 airlines)
Latin America (7 airlines)
Asia (13 airlines)
Cebu Pacific Air
China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines
Africa (4 airlines)
South African Airways
Middle East (5 airlines)
Oceania (2 airlines)
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)
When 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! Thanks to readers Joachim (03-17), Filippo (06-17), Rakesh (07-17) and Sinisa (02-18) for contributing to updates.