After plane crash, AirAsia bounces back with travel pass offer
MANILA, Philippines – Still reeling from its first deadly crash in December, low cost carrier AirAsia is trying to bounce back and lure more passengers with its travel pass for Association of Southeast Asian countries.
Launched on Monday, February 23, the “AirAsia Asean Pass” and the “AirAsia Asean Pass+” promises to boost seamless travel in ASEAN countries.
Exclusive of terminal fees and airport taxes, the passes are available starting February 23 on AirAsia’s website. The AirAsia Asean Pass retails at P7,200 ($162.49) for 10 credits and AirAsia Asean Pass+ for P12,900 ($291.13) with 20 credits.
Holders of the AirAsia Asean Pass and the AirAsia Asean Pass+ can avail of flights at a fixed rate to over 148 routes across all 10 ASEAN countries.
Acting like a single currency, it diminishes the hassle of different foreign exchange rates as flights are valued according to credits, allowing guests to be creative in planning their ideal trip in Southeast Asian region.
Flights with duration of below two hours are valued at 1 credit, while flights of two hours and above are valued at 3 credits.
No processing fee applies for flight redemptions using the AirAsia Asean Pass and Asean Pass+. The pass can also be purchased as a gift for another traveller.
The AirAsia Asean Pass and Asean Pass+ credits are redeemable for travel with AirAsia Malaysia (AK); Thai AirAsia (FD); AirAsia Indonesia (QZ); and Philippines AirAsia (Z2 & PQ) to ASEAN destinations only.
The co-founders of AirAsia, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, announced in November 2014 the development of the travel pass at the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia Conference held in Kuala Lumpur.
“The pass allows us to bridge communities and attract more foreign tourists to the region- it’s the perfect instrument to promote ASEAN integration,” Fernandes said.
Malaysian mogul Fernandes, who transformed a floundering carrier into Asia's biggest budget airline, faced his first major crisis after an AirAsia plane went missing.
AirAsia Flight QZ8501 with 162 people onboard went down in stormy weather on December 28 in the Java sea during what was supposed to be a short trip from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. (IN PHOTOS: The search for AirAsia QZ8501) – Rappler.com
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