Sun Country Airlines’ customers now may book their flights online and pay for them using Acculynk Inc.’s PaySecure method, both companies announced March 31. PaySecure enables cardholders to make payments online using PIN-debit cards.

PaySecure will become a standard payment option this year on the airline’s Web site, Sun Country says in a news release. The St. Paul, Minn.-based airline’s planes fly to popular destinations in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Sun Country executives could not be reached for comment.

Rising costs are driving airlines to seek less expensive payment-acceptance alternatives, according to Acculynk. “Airlines and e-commerce merchants are seeking ways to cut costs and increase payment security,” Ashish Bahl, Acculynk CEO, said in a statement the release. “PaySecure’s value propositions align well with the needs of any airline or business accepting online payments.”

The discount rate for PIN-debit acceptance over the Internet can be 20 to 50 basis points lower than what a merchant acquirer charges a retail client for signature-debit card acceptance, says Danielle Duclos, Acculynk marketing director. A basis point is one-hundredth of a percentage point.

Sun Country is the second airline this year to accept PaySecure. Spirit Airlines, which is based in Miramar, Fla., began accepting PaySecure in January (see story) .

 And in July last year, AirTran Airways, which is based in Orlando, Fla., began accepting PaySecure as a payment option on the airline’s Web site (see story) .

Acculynk is holding discussions with several other airlines considering accepting PaySecure, Duclos says.

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