BNPL takes off with Clearpay and Alternative Airlines partnership


The BNPL sector in the UK is expanding to air travel following a new partnership between payments provider Clearpay and Alternative Airlines.

Customers based in the UK can now choose to fly to any offered destination with operators such as British Airways, American Airlines, and Norwegian, spreading the travel costs over four interest-free instalments in a maximum of six weeks, with equal payments being made every two weeks. 

This is a follow-up to the already existing partnership between the two companies in the US, where Clearpay is known as Afterpay

Sam Argyle, Managing Director at Alternative Airlines, commented: “We’re thrilled to have expanded our partnership with Afterpay into the UK market with Clearpay, to provide payment flexibility to even more customers. 

“We continue to see increased demand in the UK, as well as in other markets, from customers looking for flexible payment options when booking flights and Clearpay allows us to serve this demand. 

“Clearpay’s product is ideal, empowering people to book flights today and lock in the best prices, while managing their budget by paying in four interest free instalments.” 

To use the new feature, customers can go to Alternative Airlines’ website and choose any of the available flights, after which they will be given the option to select Clearpay as their payment option at the checkout. 

Rich Bayer, UK Country Manager at Clearpay, added: “Our research shows that nearly three in five people use ‘buy now, pay later’ to budget their money, so we’re delighted that Alternative Airlines now offers Clearpay. 

“This partnership encourages responsible spending and makes travel even more accessible to everyone. With this partnership, we look forward to driving our young and loyal customer base to the global flight booking platform.”