Excuse us while we book ourselves a world tour…

We love to travel as much as anyone, but no one would say it’s a budget-friendly pursuit. Sometimes our need for an island holiday outstrips our ability to save, and we don’t think we’re the only ones.

This latest update is great news, then. Locally based airline Etihad has just introduced a ‘fly now, pay later‘ scheme where you can pay your flights off over time. So yes, you can hit up Sri Lanka this week and deal with the money side of things later.

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The offer is open to people in the UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and the exact terms will depend on what bank you’re with, but they range from three months up to 60 months in length. You will need a valid credit card to get involved in the flexible scheme.

It’s aimed at families and travellers on a budget, Etihad VP of digital strategy and innovation Justin Warby said.

“Etihad is committed to continually enhancing the travel experience by providing greater choice and flexibility to our guests. We understand travel can be a significant expense, especially for families and those on a tight budget, so this new initiative is a great way for people to book and enjoy their travel without having to worry about paying in one large sum.”

The airline also suggests it’s a way to enjoy business or first class travel without having to pay for it all at once, which sounds extremely dangerous to us.

They do say that once you’ve flown first, economy just won’t do…

Happy trails, friends.

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