Travel Around Southeast Asia
I never thought I would be a person to love Southeast Asia, however, my last few trips to the area have created a deep love and respect for that part of the world. The sights, the sounds, the colors… everything just seems to create a sense of welcome and I can’t wait to return and explore the area some more.
If you find that you will be visiting Southeast Asia in the coming months, you may want to check out AirAsia’s Asean Pass, which is named for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations which includes the countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. . Initially scheduled to launch in January, the Pass was put on hold after the tragic accident of AirAsia Flight 8501 in December.
Basically there are two Passes available: a ten credit ASEAN Pass which will cost $160 and a twenty credit ASEAN Pass Plus at a cost of $290. The Ten Credit ASEAN Pass allows for ten flight credits and is good for 30 days from the start of travel. The Plus Pass allows for twenty flight credits and is good for 60 days from the start of travel.
Some of the Terms and Conditions:
- Credit can only be redeemed for your base fare.
- Any airport tax and add-ons such as check-in baggage, inflight meals, seats and travel insurance are to be paid separately.
- Each flight will need to be redeemed at least 14 days before departure.
- Each route can only be redeemed once using an AirAsia Asean Pass.
- Travellers must be 12 years old and above.
- Flight redemption is limited and subject to seat’s availability, it may not be available on every flight or day, ie weekend, public holiday and school holiday.
- All GST and taxes are payable only upon flight redemption and not charged on AirAsia Asean Pass
Each route will require a certain amount of credit for redemption, depending on cost, flight duration and frequency. It’s not just that you get ten flights for the ten credits. For example, according to the AirAsia website:
I have to applaud AirAsia for going ahead with the release of these passes. There are just so many things you could do with a pass like this. I wish that it had been available for my last trip! I think I am going to do some research and find out just how long the Pass will be good for in light of travel next January.
More information can be found on AirAsia’s Asean Pass Website here.
What about you? How would the AirAsia Asean Pass help your travel around Southeast Asia?