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Airfordable is a Chicago-based tech startup that allows users to pay for airline tickets in installments. It’s easy. Travelers must submit a screenshot of an itinerary along with the trip details; and then Airfordable presents a payment plan. After making an initial deposit, regular payments can be made on the overall balance through the date of departure. It’s an option for those low on cash or credit, as well as those wanting to lock in a fare, said co-founder and CEO Ama Marfo. The Ghana native was inspired with the idea while attending Drexel University in Philadelphia.
A lot of people, especially those who live paycheck to paycheck, don’t have the money to pay for plane tickets upfront,” says Ama Marfo, co-founder of Airfordable. “But that shouldn’t stop them from traveling or resorting to credit cards to pay for plane tickets.”
According to the Airfordable website their community of users have collectively booked flights for more than 1,000,000 miles. The company has future plans to expand into layaway payments for vacation packages and hotels. They also are working on a custom travel search platform so users don’t have to upload their own travel screenshots.
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