Fly now pay laterLooking to travel now and pay for it later? It’s not something I recommend unless it’s an emergency and/or you know with 100% certainty that you will be able to pay it back, but if you are, there are a number of companies to look at. They include include Uplift (they do the financing for airlines like American, United, JetBlue, and Southwest), Affirm (they work with Expedia, CheapAir and Groupon), Airfordable (I wrote about them last year) and—today’s feature— allows travelers to pay for airfares in installment plans. The company will buy the full price of a ticket and then at a later date pay them back. To get started, you give them a call at 866-991-3650 with your flight information. Then, one of their team members will:

  • Let you know the total ticket cost
  • Inform you of the 15% interest rate for domestic flights and 18% interest rate for international flights
  • Set up installments (they can set up a payment plan in either bi-weekly installments or weekly installments)
  • Pay for the ticket and apply the interest rate upon your approval
  • Confirm the purchase

Once the tickets are paid for in full, they’re sent via email to the address on file within 48 hours. Payment installments are then due on the agreed-upon dates selected at the time of booking. A late fee of $25 will be processed if a payment is not received by the third pre-selected agreed-upon date. After that, all funds will be forfeited.

I haven’t used these guys or any other, nor would I ever unless I was really desperate. But it’s an option for those that don’t have the funds in the bank, good credit and/or in an emergency travel situation.

Have you used or one of its competitors? Share what the experience was like in the comments below.



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