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New Zealand Airline Offers 'All-You-Can-Fly' Flight Subscription Service
New Zealand airline Sounds Air is debuting their three-month ‘all-you-can-fly’ ticket, according to Euronews. The subscription-based service is known as the Sounds Air Season Pass. It will allow customers to take as many flights as they want during the three months.
Andrew Crawford, general manager of Sounds Air, said there were 17,000 spare seats available during this time. The purpose of the subscription service is to fill these seats as travelers continue to return to the skies to enjoy post-pandemic revenge travel.
Sounds Air currently flies to nine destinations across New Zealand. It has 1,000 subscription tickets available for NZ$799 (about $490) each. Flight bookings can only be made by calling the call center, and they must be booked seven days in advance.
Cancelations and changes must be requested no less than 24 hours prior to travel and will cost $40. Failing to show up for a booked flight will result in the suspension of the pass, and a reactivation fee of $150 will be required to reinstate it.
The airline is not the first one to offer flights on a subscription basis. In February, Alaska Airlines became the world’s first carrier to offer this type of model, although it works a little differently.
Alaska Airlines’ subscriptions start at $49 a month with two options offered–the Flight Pass and Flight Pass Pro. Subscribers can fly a maximum of 24 roundtrip flights in a year, selecting their destinations from a list of 16 West Coast cities.
A 90-day notice is required for flights booked under the standard subscription. Those interested in booking flights with shorter notice will have to pay up to $749 per month. Subscribers with the Flight Pass Pro are able to book flights up to two hours before their scheduled departure time.
In addition to the monthly subscription fee, customers must also pay airport fees, taxes, and the nominal fare, which the airline said is about $29 per roundtrip. Subscribers must also agree to a year-long subscription, which cannot be canceled until the end of the 12 months.
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