What is JAL Card?
Offered through Japan Airlines, JAL Card is used by consumers in Japan to make purchases and pay for services at business partners, as well as to accumulate reward points that can be exchanged for travel-related benefits like hotel stays and flights. Additionally, cardholders can benefit from a number of features like access to lounges and travel insurance. Anywhere that accepts Visa, Mastercard, or JCB cards also accepts the JAL Card.
How does JAL Card work?
When customers complete the checkout process and select a credit card as their payment method, they’re directed to the page where they can add their card details. Most of the time, it’s the card brand, cardholder’s name, card number, expiry date, and security code. After putting in all those details, customers can make an instant payment.
The payment is first processed and approved, and the bank distributes the funds into the merchant account. Since money is transferred from the merchant account to the business account before the customer has paid their credit card bill, the merchant account covers those charges.
Why do merchants and consumers use JAL Card?
JAL Card offers customers many benefits, including the ability to make payments online quickly and securely. It is also a popular card in Japan for accumulating travel points and other customer rewards.
Offering JAL Card in Japan is a smart move for merchants looking to expand their business operations to the Far East. Credit cards are commonly used in Japan for making purchases online, so any e-commerce store that operates in Japan can’t afford to ignore this payment method if it wants to succeed.
How can merchants start accepting JAL Card?
Ordinarily, merchants who want to accept JAL Card in their online store would need to open a merchant account with an acquiring bank that offers JAL as one of its accepted payment methods. The merchant acquiring bank acts as an intermediary between the business and the credit card company, facilitating the authentication of the payment and other technical aspects.
However, there’s an easier way: any merchant who wants to accept JAL Card as a payment method in Japan can do so through a partnership with a global payment platform that offers JAL as one of the available payment methods.