You can buy more and more things on layaway these days, it seems—including flights. Virgin Australia recently joined the ranks of Australian airlines offering customers the chance to purchase flights now with an agreement to pay the cost back over time, similar to typical department store layaways of the past.
Virgin Australia recently signed on for a pay now, buy later scheme, similar to ones already used by Qantas and Jetstar. The program allows for customers to basically put a flight on layaway, “purchasing” the tickets now but paying off the full price over time.
“For us, it’s about offering another way guests can pay for their flights,” a Virgin Australia spokeswoman told the Daily Mail Australia.
The airline partnered with Zip Co, a digital finance company, to provide the service. The exact launch date is yet to be determined, but Zip Co expects it will begin in the next few months.
“The Zip solution compliments the Virgin offering and will provide customers with payment choice,” Larry Diamond, CEO at Zip Co, told the Daily Mail Australia.
Jetstar launched a similar service this past September, partnering with Afterpay to allow customers to pay off flights in four two-week installments, plus a $10 service fee, and a 1.5 percent payment fee, with each transaction. With Qantas, customers are allowed to reserve a seat for $25 and then pay off the balance of the ticket as the departure date gets closer.
Virgin Australia already offers a program called Hold This Price that allows passengers to lock in a lower fare.