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United Airlines Lets You Fly Now, Pay Later

United Airlines Lets You Fly Now, Pay Later
Jackie Reddy

Uplift, a travel financial technology company, has announced a partnership with United Airlines that will let passengers travel now, but pay for their fares later. As part of the collaboration, the firm’s Pay Monthly facility will let travelers spread the cost of their fares over an 11-month period.

Travel financial technology company Uplift has announced that it is partnering with United Airlines to offer passengers the option to travel now, but pay for their fares later using the firm’s Uplift Pay Monthly facility.

In a statement, the company explains that this would enable passengers to cover the cost of their tickets over 11 months. The company adds that Pay Monthly already fits “seamlessly” into United’s current payment process and offers “fast, secure and cost-effective payment settlement for airlines.”

Speaking out about the collaboration, Praveen Sharma, VP of Digital Products and Analytics, United, said, “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. 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.”

Offering his comments, Brian Barth, CEO of Uplift, said, “Our mission to make travel more accessible, affordable and rewarding for everyone perfectly aligns with United’s purpose of connecting people and uniting the world. Travel has become a fundamental part of our lives and consumers today demand more flexibility. We’re excited to help more people experience the world with this partnership with United.”

Uplift’s Pay Monthly option will available for passengers looking to book tickets from the United States to any of the more than 350 destinations served by United.

View Comments (8)


  1. pspark

    November 6, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Fantastic way to get FOMO millennials trapped into even more debt with high interest rates.

  2. OZFLYER86

    November 6, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    this reeks of desperation. Many in Australia who buy things like big TV on a buy now, pay not interest for 100 years, never pay them off in interest free period & then get slugged with 20% plus interest, which adds up.

    In the current economy cash is king & although it might not work for airlines, many many businesses will give you a decent discount for cash vs credit card or finance.

  3. Dublin_rfk

    November 6, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    To quote a line from Bill Murry’s latest movie.
    “This isn’t going to end well.”

  4. Dublin_rfk

    November 6, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    “This isn’t going to end well.”

  5. hfb606

    November 6, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    United has been doing that for years. It’s called a United credit card…

  6. alangore


    November 6, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    It won’t end well, but it will end the first time a passenger makes a time-pay reservation, and then 3 months later he finds out he needs surgery and won’t be able to take the flight in another 6 months. He will stop making his payments on a flight he won’t get refunded for, and the economic model for airline time payments will collapse.

  7. chavala

    November 8, 2019 at 6:05 am

    “Fantastic way to get FOMO millennials trapped into even more debt with high interest rates”

    If they’re too stupid to realize this on their own, why should I care?

  8. BC Shelby

    November 8, 2019 at 9:59 am

    …what’s the catch? There always has to be a catch to offers like this.

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