You're getting yourself prepared for the season. You've got your website set up, you've printed your brochures, your Rezgo online booking system is almost ready and you're wondering how best to handle your online payments. If you're new to online payments and you're not sure how much volume you are going to do OR if you expect to handle payments in person and you want to consolidate your payments into one system, then you may want to consider PayPal as way to manage your online payments.
In the last year or so, online payments and mobile payments have become increasingly popular. Although PayPal has been around for a long time, it was primarily used for online payments, especially those through auction sites like eBay or through small business websites. Their seller and buyer protection mechanisms are quite strong and their brand is well recognized. But most recently companies like Square have popped up to handle in-person and point of sale purchases through a mobile device. The service, as great as it is however, doesn't support e-commerce purchases, which leaves a disconnect between online payments and in-person payments. In fact, we've received many support emails and questions about whether Rezgo supports Square. As much as we would love to support Square, the issue is that Square does not support e-commerce transactions or have an API that can be integrated.
PayPal identified the opportunity to bring the two sides of the payment equation together and provide both online payments (through their traditional offerings) and point of sale payments through their PayPal Here program. The program provides you with a credit card swipe that attaches to your iPhone or Android device. For now the program is only available to the U.S. and Canada currently, but PayPal is already accepting interest from the U.K. and Australia as well.
If you are looking for a single merchant that can handle your online payments through Rezgo as well as swiped credit card payments from live customers, you may want to take a closer look at PayPal. You can find out more about how Rezgo integrates with PayPal.
You may find these other articles about online payments interesting as well:
- Applying for a Tourism Merchant Account
- Travel and Tourism Payment Solutions for Tour & Activity Operators
- Online Booking System Security for Tour or Activity Businesses