Air Asia X Tries All You Can Fly
- Airlines around
the globe are responding in many ways to the current demand crisis: they’re cutting
capacity, cutting budgets, grounding planes, deferring capex, postponing
aircraft deliveries, freezing employment, suspending ticket restrictions, and
AirAsia X is doing a lot of that. But it also offered a novel deal for customers. The airline briefly sold all-you-can-fly passes good for an entire year, for just 499rmb, or roughly $120. The passes are for routes to China, Japan, Korea, Austrlaia, and India only, available only to Big loyalty plan members based in Malaysia. For those that grabbed them while still available, flights must be booked at least 14 days before departure (this discourages time-sensitive business passengers from using them). AirAsia X’s flights to Singapore, Bali, and Jeddah are excluded from the deal (as are all AirAsia flights).
Trips must be point-to-point — no connections. Some peak days are embargoed. You won’t get any loyalty points for flying. And users must still pay government fees, airport charges, and of course any ancillaries they purchase. Restrictive? Yes. But still a great deal for travelers with lots of flexibility.
“We want to restore travelers’ confidence amid the current sentiment towards flying,” the airline said. AirAsia itself, meanwhile, launched a major sale that included some “zero-fare” seats.