The travel and tourism industry is growing as a result of advances in technology, like the Internet and Smartphones. Now travelers can book their flight online, find bargain hotels online, and even reserve their lodging online. Some tour operators, like Above Zest (read "10 Criteria For Selecting the Best Tour Operator" and "Why Above Zest Is Really Above Zest" for details), even allow travelers to reserve their trip via Smartphones (read "Trip Reservations via Mobile or Tablet App Matters" for details). One of the predominant barriers for traveling, especially for low income families or individuals, like students, is the total cost of traveling. In other words, in order to travel abroad, you need to pay the full price of the airline, and even the hotel, upfront. The inability to afford high upfront fees will deter students, or low income individuals, from traveling. Motivated by the travel affordability problem, the Above Zest tour operator offers flexible payment options to its non-VIP travelers in three forms based on the traveler category.
1. High school student travelers
High school students can pay 20% of their total trip free upfront, followed by four other installments, each of which includes 20% of trip fee. This option is a great resource for high school students to travel the world with a low budget.
2. College student travelers
College students can pay 40% of their total trip fee upfront, followed by four more installments, each of which contains 15% of the total trip fee.
3. Adult travelers
Adult travelers, like young alumni, can pay half of their total trip fee upfront, followed by two more installments, each of which accounts for 25% of the total trip fee.
As stated by the Above Zest Tour Policies, to enjoy the benefits of flexible payment options, a traveler must reserve its tour ticket at least three months in advance. Above Zest also offers special discounts for group travelers (read "Travel Alone Or With A Group: Dilemma Resolved" for more info) and advance reservations. Last but not least, the Above Zest tour services comes with flexible cancellation options (read "Trip Cancellations: Above Zest Will Make It Easy For You" for more info).