Josh Roberts
Source:, January 2021


Even before the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on travel, “book now, pay later” deals and third-party services were gaining in popularity with travelers.

But in this era of pent-up travel demand and general uncertainty about how and when life – and travel – will return to normal, the notion of putting a future vacation on layaway suddenly makes a lot of sense – and many travel providers are taking notice.

Third-party travel financiers like Uplift and Affirm have been in the business for nearly a decade, but the challenges of the pandemic have brought other players to the table with such offers, too.

From hotels and airlines to resorts and tour operators, takes a look at how flexible booking options are reshaping the way we pay for travel.