Fly now, pay later airfares

Virgin Australia announced last week it will offer passengers fly now, pay later airfares from early 2020.

Passengers will be able to purchase flights and pay for them later using LatitudePay – a new payment option on the airline’s website.

The scheme enables customers to pay for purchases below $1000 over 10 weekly payments with no interest applied. To qualify, customers just have to pass credit and ID checks.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Virgin Australia, a respected brand and the airline of choice for millions of travellers each year. This partnership will provide greater payments flexibility for Virgin Australia’s customers, who now have the choice to ‘fly now, pay later’ when they book a domestic or international flight,” said Latitude chief Ahmed Fahour.

“Latitude has been providing payments and instalments options for more than 30 years, which means we are uniquely placed to support Virgin Australia and its customers who want easier ways to reach their chosen destinations.”

Virgin Australia Group CEO and managing director Paul Scurrah said: “Virgin Australia aims to deliver the best value airfares for travellers and this new payment option with LatitudePay will provide more choice and flexibility for our passengers who are planning on booking their next trip or holiday.”

Virgin joins rival Jetstar which launched its book now, pay later option last year.

Would you use the fly now, pay later option? Should all airlines have this payment option, or is it asking for trouble?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Publisher of YourLifeChoices – Australia's most-trusted and longest-running retirement website. A trusted voice on Australia's retirement landscape, including retirement income and planning, government entitlements, lifestyle and news and information relevant to Australians over 50. Leon has worked in publishing for more than 25 years and is also a travel writer and editor, graphic designer and photographer.

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