Last year, Air Asia announced that it was about to launch a pass that would allow travel to travel to the various Asean countries using an AirAsia Asean pass. The product has now been released, allowing travel to the Asean countries for $US160 for a month of travel. The $160 does exclude airport taxes. The pass can also be purchased in the local currency of one of the ASEAN countries (in the case of Cambodia, that is US Dollars).
The ASEAN Pass’s allows holders to fly to airports in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Burma, Laos, and Brunei. As AirAsia is based in Kuala Lumpur, the greatest variety of flights is from Kuala Lumpur, and there are a number of popular destinations available with the pass. These include such destinations as Langkawi, Bali, Chiang Mai and Phuket.
There is a scond version of the pass, that allows 2 months of travel, and this is available for $US290.
The two passes provide you with a number of credits, and each flight you select will use either 1 or 3 credits. For the one month pass, you have ten credits to use, while the two month pass will give you 20 credits to use. Shorter flights tend to require 1 point, while the longer flights require 3 points. As an example, a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket uses 1 credit, while Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok uses 3 credits.
As with all fares, there is some flexibilty, but there are also a number of restrictions that need to be considered.
On the positive side, there is some scope to change the name on the pass, although this requires that no travel has commenced. If you are a member of the AirAsia Big program, then you are also able to earn Big Points on any travel booked on the pass. On the downside, the flights will take some careful program to fully utilise the 10 (or 20) credits fully.
Restrictions and rules include:
- Credit can only be redeemed for your base fare.
- Any airport tax and add-ons such as check-in baggage, inflight meals, seats and travel insurance are to be paid separately.
- Each flight will need to be redeemed at least 14 days before departure.
- Each route can only be redeemed once using an AirAsia Asean Pass.
- Travellers must be 12 years old and above.
- Flight redemption is limited and subject to seat’s availability, it may not be available on every flight or day, ie weekend, public holiday and school holiday.
- All GST and taxes are payable only upon flight redemption and not charged on AirAsia Asean Pass
For further information, refer to the AirAsia Asean pass page.
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