Shopping for airfare can be a daunting task but it doesn’t need to be if you plan ahead and book your trip with ‘Airfordable’, a new Chicago-based, black-owned startup. The unique appeal about this growing tech startup is the ability for travelers to pay for their airfare in installments with a down payment.
The booking process is simple: Look up your ideal flight itinerary and take a clear screenshot of the info. Submit the photo to Airfordable so that their team can come up with a payment plan.
Airfordable is a great option for anyone who can’t fit the expensive cost of a ticket into their budget or maybe their lacking the credit. If you’re planning ahead and trying to lock in a low-cost airfare, then this new startup will help you save. In addition to the installment plan, you’ll need to put down between 10% – 20% of the ticket price when booking. That’s it, you won’t have to worry about interest payments or credit checks.
You can thank Ghana native Ama Marfo, the Airfordable’s co-founder, CEO and a Drexel University grad. Marfo’s “eureka moment” came to her when she was a poor college student (we can relate) unable to afford vacations back home. Here’s what Marfo told the Huffington Post,
“I wanted to see my family in Ghana during school breaks, but couldn’t afford the $2,000 ticket,” she said. “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.
Airfordable came to fruition after Marfo partnered with COO Craig Henry and the third co-founder Emmanuel Buah. Since going live, Airfordable has amassed quite a following. More than 1,000,000 miles worth of flights has been booked between its 27,000 users. Marfo says the users “run the gamut” when it comes to their reasoning for using this new airfare option.
“We have a lot of students using Airfordable to travel home or for study abroad programs. 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,” she says.
Marfo and her Airfordable team are shaking up the travel industry and providing a great need to the public. If you’ve ever worried about affording the cost of traveling for you and your family, then this may be a viable option for your budget.
We can’t wait to see what Airfordable has planned for the future. We hear they are planning to expand by offering hotels and vacation packages with a similar payment schedule.
Let us know in the comments if you make a point to support black-owned businesses and if you would try this unique airfare booking service!