United Airlines now offers flyers the chance to travel first and pay for their trip later. To facilitate payments, the airline entered into a partnership with Uplift, a California-based point-of-sale financing company that focuses on travel.
The option to pay in installments has been integrated with the airline's payment processing system. Those purchasing tickets on United's website will be offered the option to pay over time for their tickets.
Travelers who want to take a trip but don't have the funds to pay the full cost will be able to use Uplift Pay Monthly to pay for their trip over 11 months. This is valid for flights from the United States to any destination that the airline serves.
Travelers who visit United's website can apply for the Uplift Pay Monthly payment option and receive an instant decision. While there will be a credit check, it will be quick, and Uplift utilizes artificial intelligence in the process.
Uplift Pay Monthly is already available through United Vacations. Since 2017, travelers booking holiday packages with United Vacations have been able to finance their vacations in installments. The move to use Uplift for United flights is a natural one. According to the airline, customers of United Vacations loved the option of being to be able to pay for their trips over time.
United isn't the only one in the travel industry using Uplift's platform. Companies like Norwegian Cruise Line, Kayak, Universal Studios and Volaris offer the flexible payment option using the Uplift platform, too. With Volaris, travelers can pay for their flights over 12 months.
While it was announced that customers will be able to pay for their flights over 11 monthly installments, other details, specifically related to interest and fees, haven't yet been released.