For the first time ever you can now buy flight tickets at the best fares on any mobile phone or operator simply via SMS. Just SMS your departure city, arrival city and date of travel to 667711 and get the best deals on 8 domestic airlines. Not only can you search and book, but even pay securely via SMS (PayMate users) to get a PNR number instantly. Non-PayMate users can choose from a range of payment options available over a call with a customer service executive. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: SEARCH
SMS FLY to 667711 E.g. FLY Mumbai Delhi 20 Mar
Step 2: BOOK
You will receive an SMS detailing all flight options with departure time and cheapest available fares. To book, reply to the SMS with the preferred flight option and passenger name
Step 3: PAY
To buy the ticket PayMate users can authorize payment via SMS with their PayMate PIN and get an instant PNR. Non-PayMate users will be called by a ticketing executive to complete the booking.
“With FlyBuySms customers no longer have to log on to a website or depend on their travel agent to do the ticketing. They have all options available on their mobile screen with a simple SMS. In fact even being able to pay via securely SMS makes this an end-to-end solution whereby customers can not just search and book but actually buy the tickets on the go. Given the high convenience value and mobile usage, we see this becoming a major ticketing medium in the near future” says Ajay Adiseshann, MD and Founder, PayMate.
PayMate has partnered with Travelmartindia for the ticketing fulfillment and will also be adding options for airline specific or time-band specific search in the next phase of FlyBuySms road-map. The company will be promoting this service across print, online and mobile mediums. It also plans to offer FlyBuySms as a plug and play application to various travel and media companies on their respective short-codes who can grow their digital revenues as well as grow usage of the service.
PayMate User Manual
PayMate is currently being offered to Citibank bank credit card and banking customers and will roll out services with other leading banks shortly. To use PayMate, Citibank customers need to sign up for this service free with the bank by simply sending “PAYMATE” as an SMS to 2484. The customer will then be called back and registered for the service following which they can conveniently pay at any of PayMate’s accredited merchants via a single SMS.
On receiving this SMS, the bank will verify the user’s mobile number with the account and on confirmation will debit the account accordingly. The merchant and the customer will receive a confirmation message from the bank approving the transaction. The entire transaction takes place at the cost of a single premium SMS.
PayMate is already accepted at over 3000 merchants including online portals, voice portals, utilities, multiplexes, restaurants and retailers. The company is also in the process of tying up with several offline merchants such as telco’s, utilities, insurance companies, cable and broadband services, etc and will be announcing its tie-ups in a phased manner.
PayMate offers a secure payment solution as no credit/debit card information is ever disclosed during the transaction process. The trust model is based on the recommendations by Ernst & Young; which provides the security measures for both the bank as well as the customer.
About PayMate India Pvt. Ltd
PayMate India Private Limited (paymate.co.in) is a mobile commerce solutions company based in Mumbai. PayMate India has been spun off by Coruscant Tec, a mobile content developer and aggregator, to offer comprehensive mobile commerce solutions.
PayMate was founded in May 2006 by Ajay Adiseshann, Founder and MD, Coruscant Tec and Co-founder, Probir Roy. In a short span of time PayMate India has partnered with Citibank to offer a unique mobile payment solution.
PayMate India is funded by Silicon Valley based Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sherpalo Ventures who have helped build some of the world’s leading brands and companies like Amazon, Google, Sun Microsystems.