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Book now, pay later on flights, holidays & more*

With deposits starting as low as $99, STA Travel’s lay-by scheme has been introduced to help you lock in your trip at today’s price without having to pay the full amount immediately.

By paying a small lay-by deposit upfront, you can rest assured that your adventure is fully booked and you won’t have to pay the remaining balance until closer to the time. As all of our lay-by schemes are completely interest free, you don’t need to worry about being charged the extortionate rates associated with loans and credit cards. So all that’s left to do is get excited about your next trip...

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    Lock in the Blue Ticket flights, tours and accommodation you've been internet stalking while they're at their lowest price

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    While you're saving up, someone else is booking the tours and bargain hotels you want! Don't miss out, secure your spots now

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Our lay-by options

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Lay-by flights
Freakin' about flight prices getting too high? No sweat. Thanks to STA Travel’s exclusive flight deals, you can now lay-by your next trip from $99! Book your international flights from $99 and pay the rest off later.

Lay-by international flights from $99*

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Lay-by your holiday
It's not just flights that you can book now, pay later for. We want you to have it all, so you can also lay-by your entire trip!
Lay-by flight plus hotel from $149* | Lay-by flight plus tour from $299*
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Lay-by your Contiki trip
You won't find Contiki trips cheaper than with STA Travel, but with our tour lay-by scheme you can put down a deposit from just $200 at the time of your booking to secure your place. Your price will be secured and you can pay off the full amount 10 weeks before your scheduled departure.
Lay-by your Contiki trip from $200*
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Lay-by your G Adventures trip
Choose your perfect G Adventures tour and secure your place from just $250. By using book now, pay later, the price of your tour will be guaranteed upon receipt of the deposit and for you to pay off 10 weeks before departure.
Lay-by your G Adventures trip from $250*
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Lay-by your Busabout trip
Book now, pay later on your Busabout adventure and let them show you the best of the best and some unique stops on the way. By using lay-by, your trip price will be guaranteed upon a deposit starting from $200 and you only pay 10 weeks prior to departure.
Lay-by your Busabout trip from $200*
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*Lay-by Terms & Conditions

If a Lay-by option is purchased by you, STA Travel shall make a payment on your behalf in order to secure your booking (the “Credit”). Subsequently, the Receipts and Booking Confirmations issued on this folder will include the payment made by STA Travel on your behalf. This Credit due to STA Travel must be repaid by you at least 10 (ten) weeks prior to your scheduled departure date from Australia (the “Final Due Date”). Therefore, you should check the applicable T&Cs carefully before considering the purchase of a Lay-by product.

 

General Information about Lay-by products

1) Lay-by is available on selected STA Travel airfares and selected 3rd party land product suppliers for hotels, ground transport and touring product.

2) In order to secure a Lay-by product, it will be essential to pay a deposit, please note that such deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable since they represent a Lay-by service fee and must be paid at the time of booking. The applicable deposit amounts depend on the type of product, for instance, domestic flights have a deposit starting from $39 per ticket and International flights are from $99 per ticket (up to a maximum deposit of $297 per person). Land product deposits differ per supplier, as such, you will need to consider the applicable terms and conditions of the applicable suppliers. Some airfares require a non-refundable eligibility card to be purchased at the same time as depositing the airfare and this card is not part of your Lay-by agreement. Your Travel Expert will advise you if an eligibility card is required.

3) Upon receipt of the deposit, your Lay-by product(s) will be fully confirmed, and flight tickets will be issued to guarantee the price.

4) Any changes (if permitted) to your booking will incur change fees or loss of deposit. (Valid MultiFLEX pass holders may redeem their pass for flight date changes). The change fees are calculated based on the respective booking conditions. Please note that any changes shall be subject to the price of the product(s) at the time of change. Therefore, the original price and availability cannot be guaranteed.

5) Any amendments made to the scheduled departure date after paying the deposit, will result in the Final Due Date for payment being revised.

6) Full payment is due at least 10 (ten) weeks prior to your scheduled departure date.

7) If you fail to make payment by the Final Due Date, your booking may be cancelled. Further, you will be deemed to have terminated your Lay-by agreement. Consequently, STA Travel reserves the right to cancel the Lay-by portion of your booking and will be under no obligation to reinstate the Lay-by product(s). Where STA Travel is able to provide an extension for flights on Lay-by, a non-refundable $15 overdue Lay-by surcharge will apply. Please note that no Lay-by extensions can be given on any other product on Lay-by.

8) Cancellation of the lay-by agreement prior to STA Travel receiving full payment results in loss of deposit. Cancellations after full payment has been received by STA Travel results in charges and costs according to the STA Travel and supplier T&Cs.

9) Following cancellation, re-booking will be subject to the price of the product(s) at the time of re-booking. The original price and availability cannot be guaranteed.

 

Our Lay-by Options

*Lay-by flights - LAY-BY FROM $39

Lay-by are available on selected STA Travel airfares if booking more than 10 weeks prior to departure.  Deposits start from $39 for domestic flights per ticket and from $99 for international flights per ticket (up to a maximum deposit of $297 per person).  All lay-by deposits are payable at the time of booking and are non-refundable and non-transferable.  If you cancel the lay-by agreement or fail to make the final payment, STA Travel will charge the non-refundable lay-by deposit including the lay-by service fee of $39 and cancel the flight booking.  The price of your ticket will be guaranteed upon receipt of the lay-by deposit. Once the lay-by is paid, any changes (if permitted) to your booking will incur change fees or loss of deposit. (Valid MultiFLEX pass holders may redeem their pass for flight date changes). The change fees are calculated based on the respective booking conditions. Full payment is due 10 (ten) weeks prior to your scheduled departure.

 

*Lay-by your holiday - LAY-BY FROM $149

The $149 Lay-by deposit is available on selected STA Travel airfares and selected STA Travel accommodation. The deposit starts from $149, as it is based on one international flight ticket and one accommodation property per person, booking more products  would incur a higher deposit amount. The exact deposit amount will be confirmed by your Travel Expert and listed within the individual supplier terms and conditions at time of booking.  All deposits are non-refundable, non-transferable and inclusive of $39 Lay-by service fee. Upon receipt of the deposit, your Lay-By product(s) will be fully confirmed, and flight tickets will be issued to guarantee the price. If you cancel the Deposit agreement prior to STA having received full payment, will result in loss of the deposit (including the $39 Lay-by service fee). Any changes (if permitted) to your booking will incur change fees or loss of deposit. (Valid MultiFLEX pass holders may redeem their pass for flight date changes). The change fees are calculated based on the respective booking conditions. Changes will be subject to the price of the product(s) at the time of change. The original price and availability cannot be guaranteed. Accommodation change and cancellation terms and conditions can depend on seasonality of travel, moving your travel dates to a new travel period can result in Lay-by not being available and full payment may be required.  Full payment is due 10 (ten) weeks prior to your scheduled departure date. Failure to make payment will result in your booking being cancelled and the deposit will remain non-refundable and cannot be transferred to a new booking. Re-booking will be subject to the price of the product(s) at the time of re-booking. The original price and availability cannot be guaranteed. Any non-flight and non-accommodation products, such as Travel Insurance, ISIC Card, Rail Passes etc cannot be held using this Lay-by Deposit.

The lay-by for a flight and tour are starting from $299. The lay-by amounts can differ for each tour supplier, the exact amount will be confirmed by your Travel Expert and listed within the individual supplier terms and conditions at time of booking. The deposit is based on one flight ticket and one tour per person, booking more products would incur a higher deposit amount. All deposits are non-refundable, non-transferable and inclusive of $39 Lay-by service fee. Any non-flight and non-tour products, such as Travel Insurance, ISIC Card, Rail Passes etc cannot be held using this Lay-by Deposit.

 

*Lay-by your tour

STA Travel offers Lay-by on selected 3rd party touring suppliers. Any tour available for Lay-by requires a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit that is payable at time of booking. All deposits are per person, per tour. Deposit amounts can differ for each tour supplier and will be confirmed within the individual supplier terms and conditions at time of booking. Selected tour suppliers have a minimum spend required to be able to apply a Lay-by. The price of your tour is guaranteed upon receipt of the deposit. Once the deposit is paid, any changes to your itinerary (e.g. dates, names, itineraries) will incur administrative charges or loss of deposit (whichever is the lower). When making a change some suppliers require a new deposit to be paid, in some instances the original deposit may be deducted from the remaining tour balance. Changes to tours will be subject to the new tour price and will be subject to availability at the time of change. Therefore, the original price cannot be guaranteed. Full payment will be due 10 (ten) weeks prior to your scheduled departure from Australia. No Lay-by extensions can be given on a tour Lay-by. Failure to make payment by the payment deadline will result in your tour being cancelled. Your deposit will remain non-refundable and may not be able to be transferred to a new booking. Should you wish to re-book, the tour will be subject to the price at time of re-booking. The original price and availability cannot be guaranteed. Any other products, such as flights, travel insurance, ISIC card, rail passes etc. cannot be held using the Tour Lay-by deposit. Cancellation of the tour will result in loss of deposit, with the exception of G Adventures (Lifetime deposit) and Contiki (FlexDeposit).

 

Additional information about tours from specific suppliers:

*Lay-by your Contiki trip: Lay-by for Contiki are starting from $200 at time of booking and the fee is securing a place on your dream trip. Your price will be guaranteed, and you can pay off the remaining balance 10 weeks before your scheduled departure. Your original deposit (excluding flights and any additional deposits) can be used as credit towards booking a new Contiki trip. Only one deposit amount can be credited per trip, they cannot be combined, however multiple trips can be booked using multiple FlexDeposits. Valid on all Contiki trips 7 days or longer until you turn 36. The deposit can also be gifted to family or friends within 5 years of the original booking. FlexDeposit has no cash value and is non-refundable. All other conditions not mentioned in this section continue to apply as described above.
 

*Lay-by your G Adventures tour: Lay-by for G Adventures tours are starting from just $250. By using Lay-by, you can book now, pay later and the price of your tour will be guaranteed upon receipt of the deposit. You will have until 10 weeks before your scheduled departure to pay off the remaining balance. Your deposit is protected for life and may be applied towards payment of a deposit on another G Adventures tour (of equal or greater value, but not to the same or similar dates of travel). Alternatively, you can gift it to someone else to use. The deposit has no cash value, is non-refundable and only one Lifetime Deposit may be applied per person per product booked. All other conditions not mentioned in this section continue to apply as described above.
 

*Lay-by your Busabout trip: Book a Busabout trip and explore through flexible travel or hop onto one of their many adventures. By using Lay-by, you can secure a spot and the price of your trip with a deposit from $200 at time of booking on any trip over the value of $400, and you only pay the balance 10 weeks before your scheduled departure. Your original deposit (excluding flights and any additional deposits) can only be credited to or from trips that qualify for a deposit. One deposit amount can be credited per trip, they cannot be combined or applied to existing bookings. FlexDeposit has no cash value and is non-refundable. All other conditions not mentioned in this section continue to apply as described above.