Ask Finder: Can I use Afterpay for Virgin Australia flights?
What are your buy now pay later choices?
It would be convenient, but unfortunately it's not an option right now. The only Australian airline which lets you use Afterpay to pay for flights is Jetstar, which rolled out Afterpay back in September 2017 and then added international flights the following year.
Jetstar's budget rival Tigerair Australia doesn't support Afterpay, but does offer Zip as a buy now pay later option.
Here's where things get interesting. Tigerair Australia is owned by Virgin Australia, and back in August 2018 Virgin announced that it would be adding Zip as an option to pay for flights "soon". However, some seven months later, there's still no sign of it.
A Virgin Australia spokesperson told Points Finder that the airline is continuing to work on adding Zip to the service. However, right now there's no official launch date announced. We'll update if that changes.
In the meantime, the closest you'll get with Virgin is using its "Hold That Price" option, where you can delay paying for a flight for 48 hours. However, since there's a $15 fee attached, that's not a great way of nabbing a sale fare.
Plenty of airlines offer variations on fare freezes, but buy now pay later remains a rarity for now. Paying with a credit card remains the most popular option. If you're regularly doing that for Virgin flights, make sure your card is earning Velocity Points to maximise the benefit.
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