An increasing number of perks are available to Alipay users with high social credit scores. Chinese travelers looking to book a Michelin-starred restaurant in Japan are typically required to put down a deposit in advance; but travel platform Fliggy 飞猪 is now collaborating with Alipay’s Sesame Credit to offer deposit-free booking for those users whose credit scores reach a “sufficient threshold.”
Users with high scores already have access to a series of benefits, including deposit-free short-term vacation rentals, try-before-you-buy options for online clothing purchases, and preferential treatment on second-hand retail apps.
Why it matters
As the benefits of a high social credit score increase, Chinese users may prioritize behavior which is likely to increase their score.