8 airlines and sites that let you layby flights to book now and pay later

Secure flights to your dream destination now and pay later with these airlines and booking sites.


Spotted an amazing airfare but don’t have the cash to pay in full just yet?

If you need some time to get things sorted before firming up your travel plans then these websites all allow you to layby flights.

1. Virgin Australia

Need a few days to submit your annual leave before committing to that holiday? Virgin Australia has the answer.

It’s called the Hold This Price option and lets you secure the price of your flights for up to two days. It’s only available for select domestic Aussie flights so if you’re planning a trip around Australia, this could be just the ticket.

  • Airlines you can book with: Virgin Australia.
  • Fee: AUD$15 (approximately NZD$15.80).
  • Hold This Price policy: The Hold This Price option is available for select domestic Australian flights only and lets you hold the price of a flight for 48 hours for an Elevate fare or 72 hours for a Freedom or Business fare.
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2.Qatar Airways

Enjoy a little more time to make up your mind with the convenience of booking online and paying for it later with Qatar Airways.

If you’re still undecided but want to lock in a great fare, Qatar Airways will give you up to 72 hours so you can figure out your finances/annual leave/group situation before committing to purchasing your ticket.

  • Airlines you can book with: Qatar Airways.
  • Fee: Varies.
  • Hold My Booking policy: Cost of the fee is based on your region and the number of hours you want to hold the booking for, up to 72 hours. Your booking will be cancelled if the payment is not completed within the allocated time frame.
Go to Qatar Airways website

3.Malaysia Airlines

Dreaming of exploring around Asia, the Middle East and Oceania? Take a few days to get your travel plans in order with Malaysia Airlines.

Whether you’re waiting for a transfer of funds, need to wrangle a few friends to join in or just need a few days to decide, take advantage of Malaysia Airlines’ Book Now, Pay Later feature.

  • Airlines you can book with: Malaysia Airlines.
  • Fee: MYR$30 (approximately NZD$11).
  • Book Now, Pay Later policy: Option cannot be used for fares booked via Miles and Cash. Extension of the deadline is not possible and if full payment is not made, your booking will be cancelled and the holding fee will be forfeited.
Go to Malaysia Airlines website

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4. Air New Zealand

Seen a bargain fare that you’ve got to have but short on cash? Air New Zealand has your back.

While it doesn’t have a lay-by option so to speak, the airline does offer a short fare-hold period of three days. That’s enough time to convince the crew to go on a well-deserved holiday, don’t you think?

  • Airlines you can book with: Air New Zealand.
  • Fee: NZD$10 for domestic flights, NZD$25 for trans-Tasman and Pacific Island destinations, NZD$45 for all other international destinations.
  • Fare hold policy: Available on select flights more than 21 days before the intended date of travel and does not include Works Deluxe fares or those that contain a promo code. The fee is non-refundable and does not go towards your ticket fare.

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5. Emirates

Take off for your bucket-list adventure and take a few days to come up with the funds.

Sometimes you want to lock in the price before you can secure the funds. Luckily, Emirates lets you lock in a fare and take up to 72 hours to pay for it. It may not sound like much, but can be just enough time if you’re waiting for a transfer from another account.

  • Airlines you can book with: Emirates.
  • Fee: No charge if you pay for your reservation in time. Otherwise, the fee is variable depending on the itinerary.
  • Hold My Fare policy: You can hold reservations in economy class flights up to 24 days before your flight. Flights booked with Skywards Miles, special offers, flights with codeshare partners or interline bookings are not eligible.

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6. STA Travel New Zealand

The student life is hard, but STA Travel makes it easier by letting youths and students lay-by flights.

Even if you don’t fit the bill STA is targeting, you can still buy flights for a good price. If you’re not ready to pay for your adventure upfront, STA’s lay-by program gives you the chance to delay most of the payment until 10 weeks before you fly off.

  • Airlines you can book with: Qantas, Scoot, Etihad, Thai Airways, Royal Brunei and Emirates.
  • Fee: $99 deposit. This is a non-refundable deposit which includes a $39 service fee.
  • Lay-by policy: Final payment is due 10 weeks before departure or your flight will be cancelled.

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7. Mix&Match

Planning a big holiday with an equally big price tag? Break it up into more-manageable chunks with Mix&Match’s lay-by option.

Manage your travel bill for your domestic and international flights with the choice to spread it out over six weekly instalments.

  • Airlines you can book with: Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Emirates, Qantas, Hawaiian Airlines, Fiji Airways and American Airlines.
  • Fee: 2.25%.
  • Lay-by policy: A lay-by limit between $200 and $1,200 is assigned based on your credit score and the balance above the limit plus your first instalment is due on the day of booking. Five weekly instalments will follow on a day of your choosing and a $10 default fee is charged if you miss a payment.

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8. Qantas

This airline understands that planning a holiday can take time, so it gives you more than enough to pay for your flight.

When it comes to book now pay later options, Qantas has one of the best. This option is available on select flights departing from New Zealand, Australia and the UK so you have a lot to play with.

  • Airlines you can book with: Qantas, Jetstar.
  • Fee: $50.
  • Book now, pay later policy: Available on select flights. Not available on round-the-world tickets, flights purchased with Qantas Points or Jetstar and Qantas combined trips. Final payment due dates vary by flight and will be listed at the time of purchase. While on hold, the total ticket price may change. If you don’t pay on time, your ticket will be cancelled.

What are the layby flight terms with these sites?

CompanyRequired deposit or feeInterest-free/cancellation periodTerms
Qatar AirwaysVariesUp to 72 hoursMust be booked at least 4 days prior to departure with 72 hours from the time of booking to pay.
Malaysia AirlinesMYR$30Up to 72 hoursCannot be used for fares booked via Miles and Cash.
Virgin AustraliaAUD$1548 hoursAvailable on domestic Australian flights booked at least 14 days in advance.
Air New ZealandFrom $103 daysAvailable on select flights at least 21 days prior to departure.
Emirates$072 hoursA variable fee is payable if the reservation is not paid in full.
STA Travel NZ$99 deposit which includes a $39 service feeUp to 10 weeks before departureMust have flight paid in full no less than 10 weeks prior to departure.
Mix&Match2.25%6 weeksFirst instalment is due on the day of booking followed by five weekly instalments.
Qantas$50VariesAvailable on select flights. Payment due date varies and is noted when making the booking.

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