United Airlines Now Offers Buy Now, Pay Later For Flights…With Some Restrictions
By DeAnna Taylor
Each year, traveling to your favorite destinations gets a little easier. Whether it’s the introduction of the basic fare from major airlines to the option to make payments on your flight. It seems that more and more companies are playing into everyone’s desire to see the world.
United Airlines is the latest company to jump on the bandwagon. The U.S. based carrier recently revealed that it will now allow customers to book their flight with the option to make payments over a three to eleven month span.
The company is working with third-party affiliate Uplift. While they aren’t the first carrier to use Uplift, they are the first major U.S. carrier to do so. Currently, Spirit and Allegiant offer the option as well.
“We began offering Uplift Pay Monthly in 2017 with United Vacations and received great feedback from our customers about the option to pay over time,” United’s vice president of digital products and analytics Praveen Sharma said in a statement. “Expanding Uplift’s flexible purchase option to flight tickets now allows even more customers to travel the world and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
Of course, with anything that sounds great, there are some restrictions.
The payment plans won’t be automatically available to anyone booking a flight. You will first have to go through a credit check, just like you would for a credit card. Once a credit determination is made, you will be assessed an interest rate from 9 to 25 percent.
Using Uplift does mean that you will have an open line of credit with the company, so keep this in mind before you apply to use the service.
DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel blogger, author, and writer. While Charlotte, NC (her hometown) is her base, she's always somewhere on a plane. Catch her on IG: @brokeandabroadlife.