Planning a trip is sometimes a spontaneous thought; leading one to whatever site or app to locate the cheapest flights whether far off in advance or within a short six weeks.
Making planning easier and more affordable is recently launched Chicago-based startup, Airfordable. Like any other cheap flight site, you land the deal through booking your itinerary via the Airfordable site. Unlike Cheapoair or CheapFlights.com, however, travelers are required to pay only one-third of the ticket cost upfront and can arrange a payment plan to pay the rest in monthly or biweekly installments.
According to Conde Nast Traveler, co-founder Ama Marfo conjured the idea while attending Philadelphia’s Drexel University. With a desire to visit family in her native Ghana over the holidays, the overwhelming cost and lack of a credit card prohibited her from doing so.
Most travelers pay for flights utilizing a credit card, Marfo – unlike other sites – does not charge interest on the card used but does add a flat 20 percent service fee, which is spread out evenly across payments. One a traveler locks in their deposit and sets up their payment plan, Airfordable receives the confirmation number and other booking information from the airline. Once the balance is paid off and Airfordable rep forwards that information to the user.
Marfo hopes that her platform acts as a teaching agent of sorts in regards to budgeting as well as providing the opportunity to travel and experience new cultures.