Flying Pass, the first-ever flight subscription for West Coast travel, has been launched by Alaska Airlines.
Members of the Flight Pass have access to 100 daily flights between 16 West Coast cities. The pass is valid for round-trip travel inside California as well as nonstop service between California and Phoenix, Reno, and Las Vegas. Flight Pass does not yet offer one-way or multi-segment bookings.
The regular Flight Pass plan is $49 per month and requires booking at least 14 days in advance of travel. Meanwhile, the Flight Pass Pro plan starts at $199 a month and permits same-day booking up to two hours before departure. Flight reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance with both yearly plans. Subscribers to Flight Pass can also obtain Mileage Plan elite status.
In a statement, Alaska Airlines managing director for business development and products Alex Corey said, “Flight Pass builds on our mission to offer travelers the most West Coast destinations at the best value.” “Our commitment to care means offering convenient and affordable options that fit our guests’ lifestyle and connect them to where they want to go.”
Flight Pass customers will receive credits placed into their accounts on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, which can be redeemed for six, twelve, or twenty-four nonstop travels to eligible destinations every year. To receive a full credit, customers who purchase the entry-level Flight Pass or Flight Pass Pro plans must wait two months before booking their first flight. Furthermore, because the credits expire, passengers must utilise them before obtaining their next batch.
In addition to the monthly subscription cost and a “nominal fare,” subscribers must pay appropriate government taxes and airport fees on each flight. The bulk of Flight Pass flights will cost $14.60 each way in airport taxes and fees, with a nominal fare of one cent. Peak-season flights will have a higher nominal fare, which will be notified during the booking process.
The launch of Alaska Airline’s subscription service coincides with a majority of Americans planning domestic travel in 2022, particularly to warm-weather and beach areas.
According to Expedia’s 2022 Travel Trends Report, which polled 12,000 people in 12 countries, over 59 percent of American tourists intend to vacation domestically this year, while roughly 39 percent plan both domestic and international trips in 2022.
Orlando, Destin, Gatlinburg–Pigeon Forge, Panama City, and Maui are the most popular domestic destinations, while Riviera Maya/Playa del Carmen/Tulum, Rome, Bali, London, and Paris are the most popular overseas destinations.
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