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January 15, 2019

Fast-growing travel technology company Kiwi.com take off towards a smoother payment experience with SafeCharge

Kiwi.com, online travel provider specialising in virtual interlining, rolls out SafeCharge Payments Engine to seamlessly accept payments from travellers anywhere in the world.

SafeCharge (AIM: SCH), the payments partner of choice for businesses who demand more from payments technology, today announced it has partnered with Kiwi.com, the fast-growing online travel business providing flight and vehicle transportation services. The collaboration will enable Kiwi.com to provide a smooth payment experience for travellers worldwide and accept a full range of traditional and alternative payment methods. Thanks to its direct connections to major card schemes as well as to over 150 local payment methods, SafeCharge drives higher payment conversions by offering Kiwi.com customers their preferred payment methods.

As one of the fastest-growing online travel agencies in the world, Kiwi.com pioneered its Virtual Interlining Technology which can analyse over 15 billion flight combinations – from non-cooperating airlines – into a single itinerary, to provide the best customer experience within any given budget. With the need to match increasingly different booking experiences from customers around the globe, Kiwi.com has furthered its mission to make travelling simpler and more accessible by investing in the latest payments technology.

“In today’s globalised world, providing a flexible travel platform that can adapt to passengers’ varying travel needs is vital to success. To offer the best experience possible to our global customer base, we needed a payments technology provider who not only shared our ambitious mindset, but also possessed a knowledge of cross-border payments,” said Juraj Striezenec, Chief Financial Officer at Kiwi.com. “By partnering with SafeCharge, we are able to take advantage of a solid payments technology infrastructure that will ultimately enable us to grow and expand into other markets.”

“We were looking for a payment partner able to provide global acquiring with a wide portfolio of global solutions”, adds Natália Čermáková, Payment Specialist at Kiwi.com “Our partnership with SafeCharge will allow us to offer to our clients more payment products, more currencies and an improved overall customer experience. This is key for a company as Kiwi.com that aims to quickly roll out in new markets”.

SafeCharge will be providing local and international payment processing services under one roof, enabling Kiwi.com to easily manage its global transaction flows and giving the most secure and easy way for a passenger to book a holiday. By providing a seamless checkout experience, Kiwi.com will be able to increase conversion rates and scale up internationally.

David Avgi, CEO at SafeCharge, added, “with digital shopping increasing dramatically in volume, omnichannel experience is becoming a must for the next generation travellers. And with the rise of local payment preferences, it is important for merchants to fine-tune their payments strategies to streamline the shopping experience for customers around the world. This partnership once again demonstrates the capabilities of our native payments platform as the ideal solution for travel businesses demanding flexible solutions to grow and expand internationally.”

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SafeCharge Limited is an Electronic Money Institution authorised and regulated by the Central Bank of Cyprus and is a principal member of MasterCard, Visa and Unionpay International (CUP). SafeCharge Financial Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as a Payment Institution. Both SafeCharge companies are wholly owned by SafeCharge International Group Limited.