BA announces adoption of Apple Pay

BA announces adoption of Apple Pay

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British Airways has announced it will offer its customers access to Apple Pay through its app, when the payment method launches in the UK.

Apple Pay lets iPhone 6 and Apple Watch owners pay via their device, so BA customers will be able to pay for flights, holidays and experiences in this way.

When a consumer adds a credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers.

Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the device.

Each transaction is authorised with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the back of a card.

Kevin McQuillan, head of, said: “We’re excited that we will be one of the first UK companies to introduce Apple Pay, making booking flights even easier.

“The addition of Apple Pay – along with the recent launch of our app for Apple Watch, mobile gate notifications at Heathrow and our digital Executive Club membership card – are just a few of the ways in which we are helping our customers by putting more travel essentials at their fingertips.”

Apple Pay users can still receive the rewards and benefits offered by credit and debit cards.

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