These Pay Our Bills
Air Asia have announced that in 2015 they will be offering a flight pass which allows you unlimited travel. Dubbed the “AirAsia ASEAN Pass”, you can fly to 10 different destinations in Southeast Asia in one month for 499 ringgit ($150ish).
So far the list of destinations hasn’t been announced however it is safe to say Kuala Lumpur is one of them given that it is Air Asia’s hub and it is near impossible to fly anywhere with them without having to bounce of KLIA2. The average return fare with AA in that region is around $70 if you time your purchases right, so I’d assume they’re banking on the fact that the average person is not going to have more than two return flights during that month.
Naturally I’m a bit skeptical over the whole thing as Air Asia are a low cost carrier which sometimes means their services aren’t always what they seem. Earlier this month they made a big song and dance about being the first carrier in Malaysia to offer WiFi – the catch being is that the WiFi only services 3 instant messaging services for a limit of 3MB of data, so no sending your loved ones any selfies. Oh, there are limited tokens as well so if the plane is full of emoticon-loving teens, you might miss out.
Air Asia route map departing Kuala Lumpur
The flight pass announcement does mention “unlimited” flights, but you are required to pay for taxes and they are yet to announce how far in advance you are allowed to book. Their existing flight passes (available through Option Town) can vary quite a lot in price depending how flexible you are as a traveler.
Even though I am wary about the true cost and limitations of this pass, I’m personally quite excited. If the taxes aren’t too much, maybe I’ll get a pass myself and see how many flights I can squeeze in a month?
Hrm… Actually, has anyone tried doing that before? There has gotta be a world record for most number of flight traveled as a passenger. Someone give Tony Fernandes a call. If he covers the taxes (or if people are willing to Kickstart me) I’m up for the challenge. I’ll probably die of exhaustion, but hey, I’m stupid.
So what do you think? Is the pass for you? And are you willing to donate to my Kickstarter to see if I can break the world record? Leave a comment below.
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