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Jetstar slashes Afterpay booking time in half

As if the original announcement about Jetstar’s pay later, book now option wasn’t good enough, the airline has now cut the wait time in half.

In September, Jetstar began offering flyers the option of booking domestic flights eight weeks in advance and paying later via a partnership with everyone’s new best friend Afterpay.

Now, keen travellers will be able to book flights just four weeks away using the delayed payment system from today onwards.

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Following the announcement, a Jetstar spokesperson has said, “Since launch day, Afterpay has been incredibly popular among our customers in Australia, with thousands of bookings in the first month.”

“With Christmas only weeks ahead, we decided to expand this option for more travellers by making Afterpay available for bookings four weeks in advance of travel.”

“We’ve heard from many customers wanting to include Afterpay on international flights and that’s a possibility we’re exploring for the near future and will announce opportunely,” the spokesman added.

With the Afterpay partnership, travellers can purchase both flights and extras such as seat selection, meals and checked-luggage, although it’s capped at spends of $200 to $1,000 excluding payment fee.

There’s also a non-refundable payment fee of $10 on Afterpay purchases with Jetstar.

At the time of the initial announcement, Jetstar Group Chief Office Jayne Hrdlicka said, “Many of Jetstar’s customers already use Afterpay to purchase items at retailers and are familiar with the flexibility of paying over time”.

As a result, this partnership makes it perfect for its millennial market, which makes up a decent chunk of the budget airline’s target market.

Head of Afterpay Nick Molnar added, “There has been a clear shift in millennials share of the wallet towards service industries and more specifically towards travel.

“At Afterpay, we are focused on offering Afterpay for life’s little luxuries and we believe the demand for Afterpay in the travel market will be very strong.”

Jetstar is not the first airline or travel agency to offer a buy now, pay later scheme, with Flight Centre and Virgin Australia also jumping on a lay-by style bandwagon themselves in the past, with their own programs to allow greater payment flexibility on travel.

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