HAMILTON, ON and MENLO PARK, CA, March 28, 2019 /CNW/ - tripcentral.ca is the first Canadian travel seller to add a new, innovative installment payment option, in partnership with Uplift, a California-based fintech company. Uplift enables travel brands to provide a better way to shop, book, pay for and experience travel.
Recent surveys conducted by tripcentral.ca for Canadian leisure travellers indicated a desire for alternative payment methods. When asked what was stopping leisure travellers from booking their dream vacation, "money" was cited by 56% over other issues such as time off work (16%) or health issues (7%).
Of those citing "money" as a blocker, 22% said they would utilize 12 monthly payments at lower than credit card interest "in a heartbeat", and a further 37% said they would consider it if the application was a few clicks and easy.
"The online application process is smooth and easy," said Richard Vanderlubbe, President, tripcentral.ca. "We've tried other financing programs in the past but they were cumbersome. Ease of application and processing is critical, and Uplift has done a great job. We also like the fact that there are no "gotchas" – no penalty amounts for non-payment deadlines and consumers can pay off the loan early if they wish."
Already available in the US on websites including Kayak.com, Allegiant Travel Company, Southwest Vacations, American Airlines Vacations, Norwegian Cruise Lines and United Airlines Vacations, tripcentral.ca is launching a tried and true solution into the Canadian market.
"We believe low-friction monthly installments will be a game changer for the Canadian travel industry, allowing more people to realize their dream vacations and create years of travel memories," said Denise Heffron, Managing Director of Uplift in Canada.
tripcentral.ca is a high traffic Canadian owned leisure travel website, specializing in all inclusive vacations and cruises, with 25 locations and 120 experienced agents.
Uplift was founded by a passionate team of travel industry veterans to provide a better way to shop, book, pay for and experience travel. Our mission is to make travel more accessible, affordable and rewarding for everyone. By offering simple, flexible payments, Uplift benefits consumers who are able to book now and pay over time.
Uplift is offered by leading travel brands including the vacation package sites of Southwest, United Airlines and American Airlines, as well as Kayak, Spirit Airlines, Allegiant Air, Universal Studios and many more.