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United Introduces PayPal QR Codes as Inflight Payment Option


United and PayPal have announced a new way to make touch-free in-flight purchases, even in areas without Wi-Fi.


Starting next month, United customers on select flights can simply show a flight attendant the PayPal QR Code in the PayPal app and use it to buy snacks, drinks, and other in-flight purchases while onboard.

United is the first airline to offer PayPal QR Codes, and this partnership is part of United's easy-to-use, industry-leading suite of contactless payment tools.


United was the first airline to give customers in economy cabins the option to pre-order snacks and beverages from the airline's app and website, and also offers customers the ability to easily store payment information in a digital wallet.

PayPal QR Codes can be used on select flights departing from Chicago O' Hare International Airport in November and before the end of the year. The service will extend to all flights across the entire network where contactless payment is available.


How It Works

· If you haven't already, download the PayPal app and set your preferred payment method for QR code payments, prior to leaving the gate

· To make an in-flight purchase, Click the 'Pay with QR codes' button

· Then click the 'In-flight Purchase' button

· Show the QR code to the flight attendant to scan

· Look for an emailed confirmation receipt upon landing


Customers can pay using PayPal QR Codes to enjoy one of many new food and beverage offerings United launched this year. In June, United unveiled its refreshed buy-on-board menu.

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