News Roundup: Partnerships and Launches from Apple, Airbnb, Stripe and More

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In a roundup of this week’s news, AirPlus International and Airbnb are joining forces, NMI has added features to its platform for payment facilitators, and Stripe has rounded up handy tools for its merchants.

Apple announced that Apple Pay now supports instant donations to nonprofits. Users can make donations using Apple Pay without having to enter their billing or contact information.

“We’re making it incredibly easy to give back with Apple Pay,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay, in an announcement. “Websites and apps tell us they see twice as many people actually completing a purchase with Apple Pay than with other payment methods. We think offering such a simple and secure way to support the incredible work nonprofits do will have a significant impact on the communities they serve.”

The company listed 19 nonprofits that are using the Apple Pay capability so far, as well as additional ones that are in the works.

AirPlus International and Airbnb announced that they are developing an integrated solution for booking, payment and billing business travel. The new payments process would enable travelers to book Airbnb accommodations and bill their company accounts, the announcement said.

“More and more business travelers wish to make use of the flexibility that the sharing economy offers. At the same time, travel managers wish to track compliance and costs,” said Patrick W. Diemer, Managing Director of AirPlus in the press release. “Together with Airbnb, we are pleased to combine flexible booking, automated payment and billing as well as transparent cost management into a single solution.”

Stripe launched Works with Stripe, a directory of tools that Stripe merchants can add to their accounts to help them manage their businesses.

Payments technology provider NMI has added real-time ACH to the payment options available on its facilitator enablement (FACe) gateway platform. The company has also added account updater services, enabling its merchants to keep cardholder data current – particularly important for recurring billing and subscriptions.

“PayFacs using the FACe platform can now offer merchants the same frictionless experience for ACH as they do with credit card processing,” said Nick Starai, vice president of product development for NMI, in a press release. “And, account updater capabilities significantly reduce authorization declines, as well as the time and cost of manually updating account information.”

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