Traveling to China for Singapore residents is about to get a lot easier, especially for shopping and dining. A new feature on the Changi Pay digital wallet makes payments easy for travelers at millions of Chinese merchants.
This advance results from a strategic partnership between the Changi Airport Group (CAG), Liquid Group, and Ant Group. Their collaboration integrates the Liquid Group-issued accounts into the CAG’s digital wallet. Furthermore, with the Alipay+ ecosystem joining, payments are now possible at tens of millions of merchants across China. This collaboration has elevated Changi Pay, launched in 2021 by CAG and the Liquid Group.
Key Features of the Updated Changi Pay:
Convenience: Users can now effortlessly pay via the Alipay+ network at Chinese merchants.
Save Money: Changi Pay boasts attractive foreign exchange rates and zero transaction fees.
Rewards: Users receive e-vouchers when they shop in China, redeemable at Changi Airport upon return.
“We have been turbocharging our digitalization efforts to enhance the traveling experience for our passengers. We are proud to see this collaboration bear fruit. Alipay is a widely accepted form of payment in China. Including Changi Pay on the Alipay+ network brings greater benefits and convenience to Singapore residents visiting China. It puts Changi Pay on the world map as we progressively roll this out in other countries,” said Ms. Lim Peck Hoon, CAG’s Executive Vice President for Commercial.
Douglas Feagin, Senior VP at Ant Group, praised the strengthened partnership with CAG. “We’re proud to strengthen our partnership with a global travel icon like Changi Airport Group to support their digitalization efforts to enhance the travel experience for travelers. Singapore residents who value the familiarity of using a home-based wallet will appreciate the convenience of using Changi Pay as they embark on new and exciting adventures in China.”
What is Alipay+?
Alipay+ is a suite of global cross-border payments and marketing solutions operated by the Ant Group. It enables digital payment acceptance across millions of merchants globally. Its reach extends to popular travel destinations. These include the Republic of China, Macao SAR, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and many more.
Jeremy Tan, CEO of Liquid Group, highlighted the significance of this collaboration. “It is with great pride that we embark on this transformative journey with Changi Airport Group, enabling Singapore residents to navigate the dynamic markets of China seamlessly. Combined with Liquid Account services provided by Liquid Group, Changi Pay’s inclusion in the Alipay+ network underscores the potential for innovation and strategic partnerships. It simplifies international transactions and reduces costs. Throughout each journey, we strive to enhance both convenience and value for Changi Pay users by upgrading the cross-border payment experience.”
Getting Started with Changi Pay
To activate Changi Pay, travelers must download the Changi App and sign up with a Singapore-registered mobile number. A link-up with the Liquid account is required for payments in China. Exciting promotional offers await new users. With over 70% of outlets across Changi Airport’s terminals and Jewel accepting Changi Pay, it’s becoming the choice for travelers.
Learn more about Changi Pay’s exciting features in China here.
About Changi Airport Group
Changi Airport Group manages Singapore’s Changi Airport. The airport links Singapore to 140 cities globally, with over 100 airlines operating 6,000+ weekly flights. Recognized as one of the world’s most awarded airports, it has consistently set the gold standard for airport service, passenger experience, and safety standards.