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Another major airline has joined the likes of Alaska Airlines in launching a new unlimited flight subscription model in recent days. After years of being forced to stay at home due to the pandemic disrupting travel plans for millions of travelers, the idea of traveling non-stop for months sounds like a dream come true for many travelers – and now thanks to the of unlimited flight subscription models, is a dream that is close to becoming a reality for many travelers.
With a significant amount of flights facing either delays or cancellations in recent months – and with the chaos expected to continue into the new year – is a flight subscription model the best way to protect against cancellations, or is a gimmick that most won’t be able to enjoy enough to get value from? Here’s a look at the latest flight subscription model to hit the market, plus an overview of existing models and a look at whether or not they’d be a solid investment for travelers.
Airline adds subscription model – Information for travelers
Following in the footsteps of Alaska Airlines, a New Zealand airline has become the latest to offer passengers a subscription service that allows them to take an unlimited number of flights within a three-month period. Sounds Air, a modestly sized airline with a fleet size of ten aircraft and 9 destinations across New Zealand, has become only the second airline to offer such a ticket, although it could pave the way for others to to jump on the next bandwagon. month.
Named Sounds Air Season Pass, travelers can purchase the ticket for just $799 NZD (about $500 US). With the Season Pass, holders can take an unlimited number of flights across the country between September 1, 2022 and November 30, 2022. Perfect for those who want to see as much of the country as they can, the airline has limited sales of all you can fly tickets up to just 1,000, meaning those looking to take advantage of the offer may need to act fast.
Travelers can visit a range of destinations across New Zealand with the season pass, including every destination that Sounds Air currently flies to. The full list of routes available to fly with the permit is as follows:
- Wellington to Picton
- Wellington to Nelson
- Wellington to Blenheim
- Blenheim in Paraumu
- Nelson in Paraparaumu
- Wellington to Westport
- Wellington to Taupo
- Blenheim to Christchurch
- Christchurch to Wanaka
Of course, there are some important terms and conditions that come with the permit. Flight reservations must be made 7 days prior to travel and booked by calling the call center. Season pass holders are also only allowed to have two active return bookings at any one time. Additionally, changes and cancellation requests made at least 24 hours prior to travel will incur a $40 fee, while flight no-shows will suspend the season pass, with a $150 fee required to reactivate it that.
Sounds Air’s subscription model is different from the other subscription model available in the market, offered by Alaska Airlines. Alaska’s offer lasts for one year and allows travelers to fly up to 24 round-trip flights per year. Travelers can choose the standard ‘Flight Pass’ or the upgraded ‘Flight Pass Pro’, which gives passengers the option to book their flights and fly just two hours later.
While not yet adopted as a common ticket type, giving travelers the ability to book an unlimited number of flights can minimize the impact cancellations and delays have on passengers, who can simply rebook another more convenient flight easily at no extra charge. . While there are some environmental concerns about all-you-can-eat travel, it could prove to be a popular choice for those looking to make up for lost time as a result of the pandemic.
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