Now, debit cards can be used to buy movie tickets online
October 14 2014 12:01 AM
Q-Tickets and Doha Bank officials.
Q-Tickets and Doha Bank officials.

Powered by Doha Bank and for the first time in Qatar, Q-Tickets is enabling users the option of buying movie tickets online using an ATM or debit card, it has been announced in a statement.

Thanks to Doha Bank’s internet payment gateway, debit cards issued by any bank in Qatar are now accepted on www.q-tickets.com, giving Qatar’s cinema-goers more flexibility and convenience, the statement adds.

Speaking on the launch of the service, Suresh Bajpai, head of Retail Banking at Doha Bank, said: “Doha Bank believes in delivering greater value to the customer and, in partnership with Q-Tickets.com, we are able to offer a service that is unprecedented in Qatar. Customers can now complete their online payments using their debit cards. The service is a first step in allowing such payments for customers of all banks in the country. It also gives people of all income brackets the convenience of purchasing cinema tickets online, conveniently from wherever they are.”

Bajpai stressed that “credit card penetration is low compared to debit/ATM cards due to various eligibility factors required to secure a credit card, but almost everyone has a debit card. Therefore, this facility is a great advantage for frequent movie-goers, especially those with busy work schedules, and allows people to plan ahead and secure their seats without waiting in queues.”

Satya Yerramsetti, CEO of Q-tickets, said: “It is important for our users to have ample choice when buying movie and event tickets. The acceptance of credit and debit cards provides a convenient mechanism to pay for tickets through the web.”

On the Q-Tickets website, users can select their seats and then choose a preferred payment option - a credit card, a Doha Bank account or debit card. On choosing the debit card option, customers are prompted to enter their debit card details. After the user enters his/her debit card details, s/he is directed to Qatar Central Bank’s payment gateway QPay to complete the transaction after entering the four-digit PIN number, according to the statement.

“It’s so convenient, I can now use my ATM card to give my family a weekend treat and surprise them with their favourite shows and don’t need to depend on my husband’s credit card any more,”
said Bedantika, a frequent Q-Tickets customer.

Q-Tickets has sold over 200,000 movie tickets online since Doha Bank and Q-tickets first introduced the online reservation and payment service in late 2013.

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