Changi Airport to install WeChat Pay in 150 outlets

The instillation of WeChat payment through Changi Airport is the first of its kind in Southeastt Asia. Source: Shutterstock

FORGOT to change your Chinese yuan to Singapore dollars? No bother, you can now use WeChat Pay at Changi Airport in Singapore.

It’s not just Chinese citizens who can use the e-payment platform though. Anyone with a WeChat Pay account traveling through Changi Airport can use it.

The installation of WeChat Pay across the airport is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia and poised to increase traveler spending.

Changi Airport Group (CAG) and WeChat Pay announced on July 12, 2018, that they have signed a three-year marketing partnership for joint promotions.

Over 150 stores across Changi Airport will start accepting WeChat Pay by the end of the year.

These outlets include duty-free departments, luxury retail stores, and the online platform, iShopChangi.

The iShopChangi store is a haven for busy travelers who don’t want to waste time shopping in the airport.

Instead, flyers can make online purchases from the comfort of their homes or offices and collect their goodies from the airport before flying.

The convenience of online shopping has drastically changed the retail industry. Source: Shutterstock

Currently, the wider WeChat platform which has an integrated messaging system is mostly used by China’s citizens.

It has more than a billion monthly active users and this number is growing year-on-year, according to a statement.

As China is one of  Changi Airport’s key passenger markets, with Chinese passengers accounting for almost a third of purchases made in the airport, the implementation of WeChat Pay as a payment platform couldn’t make more sense.

And as a way of thanking WeChat Pay and Changi Airport customers, both parties involved in the deal have launched shopping promotions instore and online.

“We are pleased to be able to offer WeChat Pay as an additional payment platform for our passengers,” Changi Airport Group General Manager of Advertising, Marketing, and Promotions Edwin Lim said in a statement.

Lim also added that the partnership will allow the airport to send customized promotions and offers to WeChat Pay users.

If you’re not yet familiar with WeChat and it’s extensions such as WeChat Pay, let us fill you in.

WeChat is a Chinese multi-purpose messaging platform and payment platform, much like Whatsapp, but way cooler.

It was first released in 2011 and has quickly grown to be one of the biggest standalone mobile apps based on monthly active users.

It was also recently identified as one of the few potential competitors for Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

Download here and start chatting and paying today.