“Alexa – I want to book a vacation and spread the cost”
From today, US customers using the world’s first voice travel assistant service, MyVoiceTravel, will benefit from additional options to spread the cost of their flights at the time of booking.
Teaming up with specialist travel fintech provider, Fly Now Pay Later, which provides consumers with alternative and more flexible options to finance upcoming trips, US passengers searching and paying for flights using their voice through Amazon Alexa can now choose to split the amount owed over 12 months when they say “Book Now” and check out via MyVoiceTravel’s website.
Qualifying travellers can make use of Fly Now Pay Later’s simple payment platform to book any of the 300,000 global airlines and 180,00 hotels and activities in over 185 destinations worldwide that MyVoiceTravel supplies tickets for, easing the financial burden of organising travel and helping to facilitate a frictionless and less stressful booking experience.
Mirko Marmai, VP, Operations, Quo Vadis Travel LLC who unveiled the new voice-activated travel sales channel in 2022 said “With more than 55 years in the industry, we’ve helped our customers to experience the wonder of our world through exceptional travel experiences.
“Today, the service of a travel agency is not limited to the sale of a plane ticket or hotel booking but extends to absolutely everything around it that makes the entire experience more accessible and pleasurable.
“MyVoiceTravel was born out of an ambition to make booking travel faster, easier and more intuitive. In the same way travel and technology is always changing, needs are also constantly shifting.
“A recent study showed that two in three respondents would be more likely to buy from a travel provider if it allowed them to pay in installments. And as such, we felt it was essential to increase MyVoiceTravel’s range of payment options to meet those needs.
“We feel Fly Now Pay Later is absolutely the right partner to help provide this greater choice and flexibility when our customers fly.”
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During the height of the pandemic Quo Vadis Travel LLC focused on improving processes by integrating more automation.
There are currently 4.2 billion voice assistants in use worldwide, and by 2024 there are expected to be 8.4 billion.
Using Amazon Alexa, the 55 year old travel company started to develop voice-activated technology for customers to search and book travel with just a few commands and prompts.
Called MyVoiceTravel, it leveraged Amadeus Web Services to execute the technology and Amadeus’ access to suppliers’ inventory to distribute the content.
Customers can select from a host of flights and hotels and choose an itinerary to book. The success of the integrations came at a pivotal time when the role of technology and travel advisors were critical to rebuilding travel.
Commenting on the partnership, Jasper Dykes, chief executive at Fly Now Pay Later said, “Our mission has always been to make seeing the world and connecting friends and family as easy and affordable as possible.”
“Payment flexibility is playing a key role as it provides consumers with lower upfront costs. It’s not only substantially increasing conversion rates for travel merchants but we’re seeing it driving increased travel frequency too.
“There are millions of people globally who need a frictionless way to finance their flights. And we thrive on converting lookers into bookers.”