How to lay-by your holiday interest-free.
Travel sales have a tendency to pop up sporadically, and when a hot one appears, you shouldn't have to say no just because you're a little short on cash in the lead up to payday.
That's where Afterpay comes in. It's lay-by for online (and in-store) purchases, only you get to take your item home before you finish paying it off. Initially available for fashion, beauty and homewares purchases, it entered the travel space in September 2017 by partnering with budget airline Jetstar.
You'll need to sign up with Afterpay and provide the service with your personal details including bank details. Then, when you go to book or purchase your item, opt to pay via Afterpay instead of by card or paypal and the item will be instantly yours.
Repayments will be automatically taken from your account in interest-free installments every fortnight for eight weeks. You'll be sent a text message reminder before the deduction is taken, which is an easy reminder to make sure the funds are in your account.
Which sites offer Afterpay flights?
Afterpay is only available with Jetstar for domestic flights and related products including checked luggage, seat selection and in-flight meals. Purchases must be between $200 and $1,000 excluding any booking or payment fees and made at least four weeks before departure.
All Afterpay bookings incur a $10 service charge fee. This is something new for Afterpay, as its retail merchants don't charge its customers fees for opting to use this payment method.
Following the pilot programme, Jetstar will consider extending Afterpay options to international Jetstar flights. Even if it doesn't, it's likely that more airlines and travel-related merchants will partner with Afterpay in the near future to offer greater flexibility and more opportunities for travel.
Stay tuned for more as details come in.
Are there other companies like Afterpay to book flights?
Although Afterpay flights are limited to only Jetstar at the moment, there are other sites out there with their own lay-by programs, price-holding and book now pay later options you can use on flights. Here's a few of them: