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The Wonderful World of Travel Payments

Up in the Air, named after the 2009 movie starring George Clooney as the ultimate business traveler, advises Airlines and OTA’s on their payment strategy and other players in the Travel payment value chain on how to reach the next level by defining or fine-tuning their vertical strategy and go to market plan, challenging their product offering & partner coverage, advising on the impact of regulation changes and performing a gap & competitor analysis.

Best Practices, Regulations, Standards & Trends


Go to market strategy

Coaching & Training

Market Research

Sales Support

Partner Management

Vendor Selection

Pricing & Risk management

RFP Support

Industry / Client Event Speaker & Moderator


Recent & Upcoming Events

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Industry events play an important role in gathering knowledge, understanding the ecosystem, growing your network and meeting your peers. Meet us at these upcoming events:

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Airline & Travel Payments Summit

 15-16 June 2022, London 

The last physical ATPS was also held near London in May 2019. It was themed “Engage, Experience and Execute,” looking at how to embrace the Internet of Things and the Internet of Commerce to improve our payments and fraud prevention. How times have changed! As we climb out of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the focus of global airlines and travel companies is re-finding profitability. This year we’ll look at payments´ role in increasing sales and driving revenues, as well as cutting costs

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T2RL Engage

28-30 September 2022, London

T2RL welcomes back Airlines and Travel technology companies from across the globe to their 8th annual conference. Face to face again in 2022, the focus will be on key topics to help drive growth and recovery, sharing best practice and hearing from industry leaders, experts and analysts.

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Cargo Payments Summit

17 October 2022, London

This conference covers strategic, operational, and customer aspects around the adoption of alternative payment and digital payment platforms in Cargo. How to navigate through readiness issues, obstacles, the various integrations and making a cultural shift to embrace the payment and Fintech revolution to improve the Cargo business?

World Financial Symposium

19-22 September 2022, Doha Qatar 

Reshape Airline Resilience. After two years, IATA World Financial Symposium is back with a full agenda. In this edition, IATA will dive into topics that are strategic to its financial sustainability as well as, the sustainability as an industry. From securing future financing in a landscape that is less favourable, to gaining agility through retail and financial digital transformation.




World Aviation Festival

5-6 October 2022, Amsterdam

The World Aviation Festival is the world’s most important aviation technology conference and exhibition. The event is for the leaders of the world’s airlines, airports and their most senior executives in charge of the latest tech and strategies that are driving the industry forward. In 2022 we will be moving to the RAI in Amsterdam to bring our community of 5,000 global executives together once again to be inspired by 400 speakers over 2 incredible days.

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Travel Fintech Trends

Preparing for Travel Payments and Fintech events? Expect these trends to be on the agenda and to meet the listed vendors that are leading the way!

Recommended Read

Airline Payments Handbook 2nd Edition

Thomas Helldorff

A complete guide to payments in the air transport industry

  • Understand how payments work in the airline industry
  • Set a payment strategy
  • Reduce your payment costs
  • Optimise fraud and risk
  • Select the most suitable products and services from the best suppliers
  • Structuring a payment implementation project

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