Edinburgh, 6th November 2023: Leading payment orchestration provider BR-DGE has today announced a new partnership with Polani Travel, an e-commerce company offering travel products and services including flights, hotels and holiday packages.
The partnership will equip Polani Travel and its flightcatchers.com business with the latest in payment orchestration technology in order to deliver a first-class, seamless online checkout experience for customers. The e-commerce company will have access to BR-DGE’s market-leading platform of over 300 payment and technology providers via a single point of integration.
The family-run business, established in 1965, operates flightcatchers.com which is an IATA-accredited agent offering flights and holidays for UK travellers. As the company makes the transition to a multi-acquirer strategy, it will be able to route traffic and utilise data insights to drive informed decisions for its payment stack.
Recent BR-DGE research found that only 5% of consumers have previously used Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) for purchasing holidays, but consumers are increasingly looking for flexibility at the checkout, as nearly half of consumers shopping for travel and holidays (42%) are open to using flexible payment solutions, such as instalment payment options or BNPL solutions in the future.
Polani Travel is working to meet this demand for alternative payment methods, with the partnership serving as a demonstration of the business’s commitment to investing in cutting-edge technology in order to deliver a simple and hassle-free online experience.
Emily Whalley, Senior Travel Specialist at BR-DGE, commented: “We are excited to work alongside Polani Travel, a leading e-commerce business that has a rich heritage in providing customers the best experience possible which will be further strengthened by the industry-leading capabilities of the BR-DGE platform.
As customers look ahead to book their summer holidays for 2024, Polani will be well-positioned to seize the opportunities available and build lasting relationships with customers by providing a flexible, simple and secure option for their travel purchases.”
Suleman Ishaq, Marketing Analytics Director from Polani Travel, added: "Given our remarkable growth in the last few years, it is essential we remain dedicated to continually improving our customers’ booking journey. A key part of this journey is the payment experience. Partnering up with BR-DGE goes a long way towards fulfilling this commitment by providing a smooth and effortless booking experience. We are genuinely thrilled to be working together and can’t wait to get started."
Polani Travel joins the likes of Kenwood Travel and Travel Counsellors as part of a growing cohort of leading UK travel companies working with BR-DGE to support the delivery of an exceptional end-to-end online payment experience.