(Airfordable Founder, Ama Marfo)
When most people think about layaway plans, they usually think of toys and clothing for the holiday season. In comes Airfordable, a Chicago based tech startup that allows users to pay for airline tickets in installments. It’s easy, travelers submit a screenshot of an itinerary along with the trip details and then Airfordable presents a payment plan. After making an initial deposit, regular payments can be made on the overall balance through the date of departure.
It’s an option for those low on cash or credit, as well as those wanting to lock in a fare, said cofounder and CEO Ama Marfo.
The Ghana native was inspired with the idea while attending Drexel University in Philadelphia.
“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.”