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Secure and book your flights right now through Alternative Airlines, and pay back the cost over time with Zip. Use this guide to discover how you can choose Zip at checkout to pay back later.

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Alternative Airlines accepts Zip in the UK and in Australia to split the total flight cost into 4 equal interest-free payments that are paid over 6 weeks. What's more, Zip charges zero interest on your booking, which could be up to £1000.

The first payment (25% of the total cost) is taken at the time that you book your flights and the remaining three payments (another 25% each time) are taken the following three fortnights.

Zip creates simple, secure, fair and transparent credit and payment solutions that give online shoppers more freedom. Choosing to pay with Zip allows you to purchase your flights without having to pay back the total cost until a later date.

After you've found the flight that you want to buy on the Alternative Airlines website, select to pay with Zip at checkout. Zip will make an instant decision on whether you're eligible to use it and — if you're approved — you'll be able to secure your flights right away but won't have to pay back the full cost until later.

Pay in 4 interest-free instalments with Zip is a form of credit and is subject to T&Cs. Late fees may apply.

How to buy flights with Zip

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You can use Zip to pay for flights if you're a resident of the UK and paying in GBP.

Make sure that you're searching in GBP by using the currency changer on the top right side of the screen.

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    Use our search form to search for flights on any date and between any destinations. Once you've found the flights that you want to buy, select them to purchase.

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    Enter your passenger details and select Zip as the payment method that you want to pay in.

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    After you've entered some info to verify your identity, Zip will make an instant decision on whether you're eligible to use it.

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    Once approved, your repayment will be fixed to four equal payments that must be paid back every two weeks. The first payment must be made at the time of booking. Once you've made the first payment, your booking will be finalised and your flights will be confirmed. Zip will automatically debit the remaining cost of your booking every two weeks from the card that you used to make the first payment.

    All that's left for you to do is look forward to your flight!

Zip & Flights

Zip is a payment method that allows you to buy goods and services online and pay back the cost over time.

In the UK, Zip can be used to divide the cost of your flights into four equal payments. The first payment must be made at the time of booking and the following three must be made every two weeks. Once you've made the first payment, your flight tickets are secured and we'll send you your e-ticket right away.

Zip is a great way to pay for flights because it can break up the cost of a large purchase and make it that much more affordable.

Zip Flights FAQs

How can I use Zip to pay for flights?

To use Zip to pay for flights, find the flight that you want to buy on the Alternative Airlines website and select Zip at select Zip as the payment page. If it’s your first time shopping with Zip, you’ll need to enter some personal details such as name, date of birth, mobile phone number and home address. Take care when entering your personal details as errors may prevent Zip from being able to verify your account or send you payment notifications. Once approved, and you are happy with the instalment schedule, Zip will take the first instalment from the UK card you supplied when signing up. Once you've made your first payment, your booking will be confirmed and your e-ticket will be sent to you right away.

Am I eligible to use Zip?

In order to use Zip, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • To have a UK issued debit card
  • To be living in the UK
  • To have a good credit history

Will using Zip have an impact on my credit score?

No, your credit score is not impacted. Zip carries out a soft credit check with credit reference agencies to determine if you are eligible. This doesn’t impact your credit score.

Is my Zip payment information safe?

Your Zip payment information is safe as it is securely processed by Zip's payment gateway provider which is in line with the latest security protocols and industry standards.

How is my Zip payment processed?

Payment information is processed securely by Zip’s payment gateway provider. All transactions take place via secured connections that adhere to the latest industry standards and security protocols.

What happens if I don’t pay for my order?

Zip will automatically attempt to collect payment for your Pay In 4 purchase from the card you entered when you signed up to Zip. If you miss a scheduled payment, Zip will give you 2 full days to process the payment yourself. On the third day after the payment was missed we will retry this payment again, if this retry is unsuccessful, Zip will apply a £6 late fee to the instalment. Zip makes it easy to manage your payments. A payment can be made by you at any time by logging into your Zip customer portal. Please make sure you have money in your account in advance of your payments coming out.

Zip will contact you directly by email and SMS in advance every time as a reminder.

What happens if I cancel my flight ticket order?

Once Alternative Airlines has notified Zip of the cancellation, Zip will cancel any scheduled payments. Any refunds due (depending on ticket and airline fare rules) will be refunded in 10-15 business days. Any partial refunds will be applied to any outstanding instalments first.

Is there really no interest applied and no extra fees when payments are made on time?

Nope! This is what makes Zip special. It isn’t like traditional finance companies. As long as you pay your scheduled payments on time, you will only pay the price displayed at checkout.

When will my payments be due?

Payments are automatically scheduled to be taken every 2 weeks. You’ll pay 25% of the full price upfront, then 25% every 2 weeks for the next 6 weeks. Zip will try to take payment during the day and try again if unsuccessful. If this fails, or if you’d like to make a payment earlier, you can log into your Zip customer portal and manually make a payment. For more information, visit Zip’s help pages.

How long do I have to pay back the cost of my flight?

You'll pay 25% of your full flight ticket upfront and then 25% every 2 weeks for the next 6 weeks.

Zip will try to take payment during the day but if this fails, or if you’d like to make a payment earlier, you can log into your Zip customer portal and manually make a payment.

Is Zip available outside of the UK?

Alternative Airlines accepts Zip in Australia and in the UK. Make sure that you're searching in the correct currency (GBP or AUD), otherwise, Zip won't show at checkout.

Can I use Zip to pay for domestic flights?

Yes, Zip can be used to pay for domestic flights in any country, the flights don't have to be within the country that you're buying from.

Can Zip be used to pay for airlines that aren’t from the UK?

Yes, you can pay with Zip when you buy flights on any airline on the Alternative Airlines' website. The airline can be from any country and doesn't have to match the country that you're buying from.

Can Zip be used to pay for international flights?

Yes, Zip can be used as a payment method for international flights that fly anywhere in the world. As long as you can find the flights on the Alternative Airlines website, it doesn't matter where you're flying to and from and you can use Zip to pay.

Alternatives to Zip

If you are looking for a similar pay later solution to Zip, you can also select Klarna or PayPal at the checkout (for UK customers only). Zip acquired the US based company Quadpay which is also accepted to divide flight purchases in 4 interest free payments at the Alternative Airlines' checkout (in USD).