Should You Pay for Travel Over Time?

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By Susan Johnston Taylor

The holiday travel season is fast approaching, and cash-strapped, credit-adverse consumers now have a few new ways to pay for flights at any time of year. This is good news for some groups, millennials in particular, who have shown a taste for travel and a distrust of credit cards.

In August, flight booking site CheapAir.com announced a financing program with lending company Affirm. The program allows travelers to finance flights through monthly payments instead of paying upfront. Plus, loans above $100 are available with three-, six- or 12-month loan terms. Interest rates range from 10 to 30 percent APR depending on your creditworthiness, and there is no prepayment penalty for paying off the ticket early. Affirm also has a partnership with Expedia (including Travelocity, Orbitz and Cheaptickets) offering loans for hotel bookings and packages above $200 under the same loan terms.

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