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Passengers can defer flight payment

Australian carrier Qantas has introduced a new payment scheme which allows passengers to put off paying for their flights until close to the date of their departure.

The new Book Now Pay Later scheme is available on the airline's website and allows passengers to book flights in advance and pay for them closer to the date of their holiday.

Open to all passengers booking international flights and some domestic flights, the airline hopes the scheme will give customers a greater degree of flexibility when planning their trip.

Qantas general manager of sales and distribution, Rob Gurney, explained: "Customers can now plan their travel on qantas.com in advance by booking their flight to ensure they don't miss out on the flight they want, and then having the option of paying for it later when their travel plans are further finalised.

"People choosing this new option will be advised the date for when full payment is required and also receive follow-up emails with details of how to make the payment online."

Passengers will have to pay a A$25 (£10.50) to hold their chosen flight.

Recently, Qantas revealed that it would be introducing a new premium economy class on many of its long-haul routes.

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