Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Going, going, gone through the roof

Now that 20m people in the UK have a Paypal account, how long will it be before more travel dotcoms will allow transactions through the eBay-owned payment provider?

Less than six months ago signed up; PayPal’s web site also lists UK short break specialist Superbreak and online ticket exchange Viagogo. But that’s about it.

The benefits of paying for travel using PayPal are limited. But if online travel is about choice and service, shouldn’t it be an option? There are 20m online shoppers in the UK who might like to try.

Alex Bainbridge blogged at the time of the Flymonarch announcement about this. He also speculated about whether there was something going on with flymonarch and eBay travel.

eBay Travel? Whatever happened to that one?

Martin Cowen, chief writer, Travolution

1 comment:

Richard Hartigan said...

With online fraud reportedly costing the country between £400M to £5bn per year it makes sense for e-commerce sites to adopt a recognised secure payment provider.

I am also surprised about the relatively slow take-up of Google Checkout, considering this has proved a successful means of differentiating adverts in the serps in the US.