Not sure you’re ready to commit to that airfare you found over the weekend? Continental Airlines may have a solution for you.
A few weeks ago the airline started to allow customers to pay to secure a fare. It’s called FareLock. You pay a fee to lock in the fare for 72 hours up to seven days. The service starts as low as $5 but can go much higher depending on the location and the time of year.
You can either choose to go back and purchase the ticket at the end of the FareLock time period or set it up so that at the end of the time period it automatically buys your ticket.
KLM has offered a similar service for a while. It allows you to pay $20 and gives you up to two weeks to decide on a flight.
It may be just another way for airlines to raise revenue but they’re also counting on the fact that it will entice travelers who may be contemplating whether they can afford to travel.