Ever wanted to travel the world for free? Err, Well we’re sorry to burst your bubble, you can’t do that yet. But here’s the next best thing, you might have missed out on.
Etihad airline has launched a new payment plan for airplane tickets that would enable passengers to travel now and pay for it later. So if you are on a budget but still have a knack to travel, the Arab airline has got you covered.
You can now board flights instantly while without paying anything. You can pay for the ticket’s fare on a monthly basis afterwards. The UAE based airline has brought up a payment method, PayFort, that is similar to AfterPay.
PayFort will allow its customers to pay off for their debts one month at a time in an extended period of up to 60 months.
In an interview, Justin Warby, Etihad Airways Vice President for Digital Strategy and Innovation said:
We understand travel can be a significant expense, especially for families and those on a tight budget.
This new initiative is a great way for people to book and enjoy their travel without having to worry about paying in one large sum.
Warby also claimed that this option would be an opportunity to upsell premium options, like first class tickets or private suites, to customers who would otherwise not be able to afford it.
He further added:
When we were designing this product, we were really looking at how we can assist those low-to-medium income travelers and families,” he said. “Of course, spreading the payment over a period of months is also a great way to indulge in premium cabins.
This amazing five year plan will enable travelers who wish to experience the full luxuries of a 5-star airline. However, currently this new payment method is limited and only available to 17 participating banks and to the residents of Arab countries like UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Egypt but the airline has promised to spread its wings to other banks and more countries in the future.
Let’s hope something like this pops up in Pakistan too.