Air Asia is currently running a promotion they call the SUPER+ pass where customers can purchase one year of unlimited flights in the ASEAN region at less than US$170 plus airport tax for the individual flights.
Air Asia also sold the Super+ for one year worth of flights to Korea and Japan for $860 (29,900 Baht) in a separate campaign that ended on June 12th but that was obviously of limited use with Japan still closed to tourism and Korea requiring extensive testing.
This isn’t the first time that Air Asia is selling these passes and the last time they did so right before or respectively in the early stages of Covid in 2020, resulting in people not being able to use their passes properly and Air Asia not issuing proper refunds.
This new version of the ASEAN Pass could be a decent option considering the low price and considering that it also includes unlimited domestic flights within Thailand.
Considering the current prices for flights in the region and even within Thailand for domestic trips this could really be a worthwhile option especially as Air Asia has moved some of its operations to Bangkok’s main airport.
Here are the main bullet points I found in the Q&A regarding the flights:
- Domestic and Asean flights (AirAsia carrier code: AK, FD, Z2 and QZ) with a travel period of 1 year from the date of subscription;
- For domestic & international flights across Asean, a unique promo code will be auto-generated from the dashboard. Select flights that are marked 100% off.
- SUPER+ subscription is available for all airasia members residing in Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.
- Using the subscription to redeem flight(s) will only waive the base fare for the flight(s) and does not include any optional add-ons, passenger service charge, regulatory service charge, departure levies, fuel surcharges and other charges set by international airports (ie border clearance levy, advance passenger facilitation charge/processing service), if any. For the avoidance of doubt, such additional fees and charges shall be payable by the passenger at the time of booking.
- All flights are scheduled based on the existing border policies and requirements as set by the authorities of the relevant countries.Do check on airasia.com/flights on the availability of flights especially when the borders reopen, which will result in more flights being commercially available.
- The allocated seats to be redeemed for the SUPER+ subscription is up to thirty (30) seats per one (1) flight; with a minimum of two (2) seat per (1) flight which will be operated throughout the Travel Period of the SUPER+ subscription and available seat would not less than 3,000,000 seats on all travel period
- You can book up to two (2) flights for travel on the same day. However, multiple bookings for the same travel day from the same origin of departure are not allowed.
- If you can’t make it for your flight or need to reschedule, you can change your flight via My Bookings on airasia.com using the airasia member ID that was used to make the booking.
- You may purchase Value Pack and Premium Flex bundles but only during your flight booking. Add-ons such as baggage, meals, seat selection, adding an infant and insurance can be pre-booked/added through ‘My Bookings’ on airasia.com.
- Any redemption or booking of flight tickets must be made at least fourteen (14) days before the date of departure of the flight.
- Subscribers are allowed up to three (3) no-shows. In the event a Subscriber exceeds the number of no-shows permitted, the Organiser shall have the right to revoke the SUPER+ Subscription
None of these things ring an alarm bell with me. The only thing is that you can’t exactly tell in advance which flights will be available under this pass and how fast they’re going to be sold. Also the 14 days advance booking is something I don’t particularly like. It excludes pretty much ANY flexible or last-minute planning.
Three no-shows are officially allowed but you can, of course, cancel properly and those cancellations wouldn’t affect your subscription status.
The pass is only offered in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia so I wonder if one is going to be able to get on any flights to Singapore for example. Impossible to say without first purchasing the SUPER+.
The last time I flew Air Asia was from Phuket to Chiang Mai two years ago and it wasn’t bad at all. Of course, if you need to book extras such as baggage and seats plus other items you need every time then it’s only a matter of time until more substantial charges are racked up. I wish that there would be at least basic benefits included with an annual pass such as this.
Air Asia is selling an annual pass for flights within the ASEAN Region again and the price is extremely low, coming in at less than $200 for a full year. even though I’m not a great Air Asia fan I’m actually tempted to jump on this considering how high fares are currently and even if I get only one flight a month this would more than pay off for the purchase price.
Of course, I have to take into consideration that there are no guarantees as to what is actually offered in the end and that a new wave of Covid could throw a wrench into the plans to use this pass efficiently.
I guess I’d have to take my chances. Would you?
These are the complete terms & conditions for this pass: