Sampath Bank introduces ‘Book Now, Pay Later’

A pioneer in unveiling a wide range of online banking services, Sampath Bank in partnership with the national carrier, SriLankan Airlines, recently announced the introduction of ‘Book Now, Pay Later’ – a unique internet payment option for purchasing airline tickets without the use of a credit or debit card.

‘Book Now, Pay Later’, the newest addition to Sampath Bank’s diverse portfolio of Online Banking services is one of the first of its kind to be introduced to the industry. As a result of Sampath Bank’s unwavering commitment to understand its customers’ needs and cater to them through innovative and convenience driven services, ‘Book Now, Pay Later’ provides the convenience of booking flight tickets via with a unique payment option to either "Pay Now" or ‘Pay Later’.

With the option "Pay Later", customers can relish the privilege of transacting payments for their reserved tickets within 48 hours post booking. Payments for the flight ticket can be made either through Sampath Bank’s renowned Internet Banking platform ‘SampathVishwa’, or through Sampath Bank’s mobile banking app, in addition to the option of over the counter payments at any Sampath Bank branch.

Commenting on this latest introduction, Tharaka Ranwala, Senior Deputy General Manager - Consumer Banking, Sampath Bank PLC, said "Understanding our customers’ needs is a perpetual force that drives the team towards identifying gaps in the market and offering innovative solutions to the industry, customers and stakeholders alike. Whilst ‘Book Now, Pay Later’ serves as an addition to the list of innovative online banking products we offer, partnering with SriLankan brings further value additions not just to the product itself, but to our portfolio of partners. The simplicity of the payment solution would increase customer convenience tremendously and we are certain that this initiative will create a paradigm amongst the market to fly with SriLankan", he further added.

Siva Ramachandran, Chief Commercial Officer, SriLankan Airlines further remarked, "we are pleased at this opportunity to partner with one of the leading private banks in Sri Lanka to introduce yet another efficient payment solution to customers. ‘Book Now, Pay Later’ allows our passengers the added convenience of reserving their air tickets without the use of a credit or debit card. We are progressively expanding this service in collaboration with many reputed establishments, in order to reach a wider customer base."

Sampath Bank relentlessly strives to move beyond traditional offerings by providing customers with an exceptional level of convenience and benefits through its speedy venture into digitization. As such, SampathVishwa, Sampath Bank’s multi-faceted platform offers customers a total online banking experience – tailor-made to meet customer needs and lifestyles, whilst transforming their daily activities with ease, convenience and uniqueness.

Sampath Bank’s drive towards creating and introducing cutting edge technology and solutions is a testament of the bank’s promise to be the driving force behind customers’ everyday lives, and in to the future. - Sampath Bank

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