When one thinks of putting something on layaway, their mind probably goes directly to clothes, electronics and household appliances. Well, the concept is evolving.
A Chicago-based, Black-owned startup company called Airfordable is giving travelers the option to purchase tickets for flights and pay them off in regular installments when they don’t have enough cash on hand to pay in full.
“I wanted to see my family in Ghana during school breaks, but couldn’t afford the $2,000 ticket,” said the Ghana-born cofounder and CEO Ama Marfo. “I stayed in the dorm alone or with other international students who couldn’t go home. Because of this personal frustration, I set out to determine how to make travel more accessible.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, the company will purchase a ticket on behalf of their client and send them an electronic ticket upon receipt of the final payment. Fares spent on cancelled flights can also be used for future trips.
WhereUCameFrom reports that 27,000 clients are using the ticket purchasing service as they’ve helped book flights for more than 1 million miles.
“We have a lot of students using Airfordable to travel home or for study abroad programs,” said Marfo. “While other users are planning travel based around life milestones such as destination weddings and family vacations. We are covering just about any travel need you can think of.”
Hopefully, Airfordable can help people that normally wouldn’t travel to their heart’s desire.
Photo Caption: Ama Morfo Twitter