Wednesday,  November 13, 2019  2:42 pm

Uplift brings "fly now, pay later" option to United Airlines passengers


Uplift brings "fly now, pay later" option to United Airlines passengers

Uplift has announced a partnership that brings pay-over-time options to United Airlines customers booking flights from the U.S. to all 350-plus cities the global carrier serves.

Instead of paying for the full trip cost at the time of booking, travellers can use Uplift Pay Monthly to finance their trip and pay over 11 months.

READ MORE: How financing a trip with Uplift actually works

“Our mission to make travel more accessible, affordable and rewarding for everyone perfectly aligns with United’s purpose of connecting people and uniting the world,” said Uplift CEO Brian Barth. “Travel has become a fundamental part of our lives and consumers today demand more flexibility. We’re excited to help more people experience the world with this partnership with United.”

Uplift, the only point-of-sale financing company exclusively focused on travel, makes it easy for consumers to budget, buy and experience the travel they want, while helping travel brands like United reach new customers and provide a seamless experience for travellers. 

About Uplift Pay Monthly

Uplift Pay Monthly seamlessly integrates into United.com’s existing payment processes, utilizing the payment rails already in place with UATP, the global payment solution owned by the world’s leading airlines. Uplift’s exclusive partnership with UATP enables fast, secure and cost-effective payment settlement for airlines.

United customers will see Uplift’s flexible monthly payment option and can quickly apply online and receive an instant decision, right on United.com. Uplift’s deep understanding of travel and its purpose-built, AI-driven platform provide consumers the highest approval rates in travel and a seamless experience backed by customer support available around the clock.

“We began offering Uplift Pay Monthly in 2017 with United Vacations and received great feedback from our customers about the option to pay over time,” said Praveen Sharma, VP of digital products and analytics, United.  “Expanding Uplift’s flexible purchase option to flight tickets now allows even more customers to travel the world and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

Canadian connection

To date, Uplift has partnered with Sunwing.ca, SellOff Vacations, Redtag.ca, itravel2000, Travel Professionals International (TPI), TravelOnly, Tripcentral.ca, Centre Holidays, Fareconnect.com, Northstar Travel & Associates, Travel Masters, Niche Travel Group and Contiki. 

Travel agents at large can also take advantage of the Uplift product through booking with Travelbrands, one of the earliest supporters in Canada.

“Three of our most prominent brands; Redtag.ca, itravel2000 and TravelBrands have all adopted the Uplift technology, ultimately providing more affordable options for Canadian travellers,” says Dianne Jackson, vice president of retail, Red Label Vacations Inc. “Our travel agents can offer more choices to their clients while our customers can make their dream vacation a reality. Uplift has given us a unique selling feature in the Canadian travel market and we value our partnership with them."

“A year ago travel financing was not an option, we entered the market with one goal: to make travel more accessible, affordable and rewarding for Canadians,” says Denise Heffron, managing director of Uplift, Canada. “We receive testimonials almost daily from clients who thank us for helping them make memories with their families, without the stress. It’s gratifying to see so many valued partners and travellers benefiting from Uplift Pay Monthly.”


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