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HP Now Offers Layaway Plan On Tickets  
User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13547 posts, RR: 62
Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8460 times:
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Well, it has finally happened (in the U.S. anyway - I can't speak for international carriers)....a major airline has begun offering what is essentially a "lay-away" plan on airline tickets!  Insane

http://www.americawest.com/travelplanning/reservations/secure/BMLdetails.asp

And yes - there's even a "NO PAYMENTS UNTIL 2005!" offer. Are they selling air travel or sectional sofas?  Nuts

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User currently offlineN801NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8414 times:

It sounds like they do run a credit check on you though, unlike a lay-a-way plan. Every inquiry can drive your credit score down. If I needed/wanted to fly AW I think I'd brave my CC number on the site.

User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8403 times:

Back in the 70's and 80's many airlines actually had their own charge cards, but this is the first in house 'lay-a-way' I've heard of. I guess it's all part of the new business environment the airlines find themselves in, but I can't wait for the day they start offering a new toaster with every account opened!

Duane



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User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8386 times:

If this catches on, the airline industry will be worse for it. The carriers need the cash flow created by prepayment. I suppose it was just a matter of time until one carrier got the bright idea to start this type of program, though.

joe


User currently offlineMlsrar From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8370 times:

Back in the 70's and 80's many airlines actually had their own charge cards, but this is the first in house 'lay-a-way' I've heard of. I guess it's all part of the new business environment the airlines find themselves in, but I can't wait for the day they start offering a new toaster with every account opened!


Until the Mid-90s, United offered their own Travel Card. It was a charge account specifically for purchasing United tickets. I'm not sure when they did away with them, or whether or not they were underwritten by a larger bank.



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