OYO Hotels and Homes is one of the leading network chain of leased and franchised hotels, homes and living spaces, and OYO is the company that stands against the Airbnb biggest competitor in India. Now company has recently made an announcement that it has joined hands with telecommunications giant Bharti Airtel to launch OYO Store on Airtel Thanks app.
With this new strategic association, users will be able to seamlessly book accommodations for themselves using the Airtel Thanks app. Additionaly, customers will also be able to pay via for the hotel, living space or home that they are booking via the Airtel Payments Bank.
OYO Store and Airtel loyal customers will also have the alternative of doing full payment upfront or book the accommodation even by paying Re 1. Of course, they would be reminded to pay the rest of the amount later.
Commenting on this new offering, Burhanuddin Pithawala, Vice President, Conversions, OYO Hotels & Homes, said, “At OYO, our single-minded focus is to make standardized and trusted accommodation offerings at extraordinarily affordable and predictable prices accessible to Indian travelers across the country. With OYO Store, we are taking a step forward in this direction, by expanding our reach to the millions of Airtel Customers and offering them a seamlessly integrated booking experience.”
Varun Das, Vice President of Product, Bharti Airtel also commented on the new partnership saying, “As part of #AirtelThanks, we are focusing on giving more value back to our customers. India is getting more mobile every day and we are delighted to partner with OYO to bring quality, affordable accommodations for millions of our customers. This partnership will be part of the growing list of exciting digital services and offers including insurance and content, all delivered digitally through Airtel Thanks app.”
Here’s how you can book and OYO for yourself using the Airtel Thanks app :-
- First you have to Download the Airtel Thanks app via Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. It is available for free on both the platforms.
- After downloading the application now Open the app on your smartphone and click on the ‘Bank’ icon at the bottom to go to Airtel Payments Bank section.
- Here, you will see the Quick Actions icon. Click on ‘OYO Hotels’ icon to launch the OYO Store.
- Now you can Search for an accommodation of your choice.
- Book the accommodation and make the payment via your Airtel Payments Bank account.
It is considered that OYO Hotels is one of the top Indian startups that now have a strong dominant global presence. The service has its presence in over 800 cities across 24 countries including India, UK, US, Japan, China, Malaysia, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines.