Amadeus has announced an integration of Barclaycard’s virtual cards offering, Precisionpay, into the its B2B Wallet payment solution.
The UK-based credit card and payments provider said virtual cards are a “fast, secure and convenient” way to manage supplier payments.
The technology allows businesses to generate single-use digital cards, providing greater control and oversight of spend, and because each card is linked to a specific purchase, transactions can be automatically reconciled.
Precisionpay also allows the ability to pay suppliers up-front without affecting cashflow or tying up capital.
An Amadeus customer that has experience with this integration is Flight Centre, a leisure and retail travel agency with over 80 UK stores, specialising in flights, holidays and tailor-made journeys.
Adam Murray, chief financial officer of Flight Centre Travel Group, UK, said: “Using the Amadeus B2B wallet with Barclaycard allows our agents to pay for all spend types through a streamlined process.
“As the payments are integrated in our core system, the B2B Wallet means we can implement new teams quickly and scale up across Europe as we expand.”
Managing director (MD) of payments at Amadeus Bart Tompkins commented: “Payments is not a one-size-fits all business. That’s why we developed the B2B Wallet concept, which gives travel agencies access to a range of different payment options in a single link.
“The addition of Barclaycard brings greater choice and deepens our credit offer, enabling our travel agencies to better manage their cashflow.”
David Price, MD of client coverage at Barclaycard, added: “Since launching the UK’s first corporate credit card over 50 years ago, Barclaycard has been pushing the boundaries to create payment solutions that help make businesses more successful.
“While cashflow remains one of the main challenges for any growing business, we know that travel agencies in particular have an ongoing need to make up-front purchases before they themselves get paid.
“This integration with Amadeus will be another way to help travel agencies take control of their cashflow and become even more competitive.”