Buy Now Travel Later

Tired of being stuck in the house? Dreaming of sitting on a beach in Maui with a Mai Tai in hand watching the sun set? Since you’ve had some time to think about where you want to go, given much thought to how you’ll pay for it?

Increasingly, consumers are turning to third-party lenders like Affirm, an online lender that offers a lot more flexibility than a credit card and allows you to set your payment schedule. You can select the repayment schedule that works best for your budget.

The company has helped 6.2 million customers make payments on everything from Pelotons to furniture to shoes, and, says Alex Rafter, a spokesperson for Affirm, vacations. "Specifically in travel, that includes Expedia, Priceline, Delta Vacations, CheapOair, and more,” he says.

Settling costs up front can make that vacation even more relaxing. “So that really gives travelers the transparency and flexibility to see exactly how much they owe up front and choose the amount of time they would like to make payments,” says Rafter. No late fees, no prepayment fees. When was the last time your credit card let you do that?

No Maui Owie in your future, just the sound of waves lapping the shore, cold drink in hand.

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