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USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?  
User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 14543 times:

I remember from the 70/80s that you could buy a ticket for X number of days and fly unlimited
OR buy a ticket for a fixed price and fly (lets say...) 10 flights on the airlines network up to 30 days.
Is something like that on the US market 2007?

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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4974 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 14453 times:

I know that back in that time period, AA had a deal where you could buy a year, or even a lifetime pass for a fixed amount of money. IIRC, it wasn't cheap!
I wonder how many of those lifetime passes are still floating around out there. A current AA agent could tell us.



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User currently offlineBjornstrom From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 329 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 14399 times:

https://www.aircanada.com/wallet/servlet/CTO5SearchServlet/familyPageDetail

Air Canada has the North America pass!



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User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 14399 times:

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 2):
AA had a deal where you could buy a year, or even a lifetime pass

I had no idea...before my time I guess...but I wish I had one (I wonder if the card holder could still accrue miles, even though I don't think Aadvantage started in the 70's).



"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 14392 times:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06130/688694-37.stm


"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
User currently offlineCOERJ145 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 14371 times:

Independence Air(now defunct), had the summer travel pass for collage students where you paid $300 and coud fly anywhere by only paying taxes and fees.

User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 14324 times:

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 6):
now defunct

Why?

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 6):
had the summer travel pass for collage students where you paid $300 and coud fly anywhere

Ohhhh....



"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 14268 times:

Collage students or College students.


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User currently offlineStapleton From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 14231 times:

Quoting Bofredrik (Thread starter):
I remember from the 70/80s that you could buy a ticket for X number of days and fly unlimited
OR buy a ticket for a fixed price and fly (lets say...) 10 flights on the airlines network up to 30 days.
Is something like that on the US market 2007?

I believe you are probably talking about the VisitUSA program. It was a great program similar to the rail pass in Europe. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any US Airlines offering this program anymore. It went away about the same time as many of the stand-by programs.


User currently offlineAASTEW From Dominican Republic, joined Oct 2001, 447 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14177 times:

AA still has such a program. It's call AirPass. Go to AA.COM for more information.

User currently offlineIRelayer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1073 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14139 times:

A bit of a tangent here but...

CX offers the All-Asia pass:

http://www.cathayusa.com/offers/allasiapass/subdefault.asp

-IR


User currently offlineNzrich From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14119 times:

The star alliance offers a Nth American Air Pass and you can use Us Airways, Air Canada and United .. The star Alliance also offers Air Passes for most destinations / areas of the globe and round the world trips to ..


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User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3347 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14100 times:

Quoting AASTEW (Reply 9):
AA still has such a program. It's call AirPass. Go to AA.COM for more information.

Judging from http://www.aairpass.com/qna_new.html , you have to actually purchase miles. Its not an unlimited pass.

However, I think American sold an unlimited pass through Neiman Marcus a few years ago.
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix....ol-newsArticle&ID=619702&highlight

It was $3 million for a lifetime. I think you would have to fly very, very frequently to get the value out of it.


User currently offlineHPAEAA From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1024 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14062 times:

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 1):
I know that back in that time period, AA had a deal where you could buy a year, or even a lifetime pass for a fixed amount of money. IIRC, it wasn't cheap!
I wonder how many of those lifetime passes are still floating around out there. A current AA agent could tell us.



Quoting Aa757first (Reply 12):
Quoting AASTEW (Reply 9):
AA still has such a program. It's call AirPass. Go to AA.COM for more information.

Judging from http://www.aairpass.com/qna_new.html , you have to actually purchase miles. Its not an unlimited pass.

However, I think American sold an unlimited pass through Neiman Marcus a few years ago.
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix....ol-newsArticle&ID=619702&highlight

It was $3 million for a lifetime. I think you would have to fly very, very frequently to get the value out of it

You can still buy one from AA even though it's not posted, pricing is on a case by case basis, nice thing is Lifetime Exec Plat and I think Lifetime Admirals club... I'm betting it's more than 3 million now... don't quote me on this But I think they even gave free upgrades on INTL...

[Edited 2007-07-31 01:53:00]


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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4974 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 13830 times:

Here is the answer to the previous AA pass comment I made earlier, lifted from the link supplied in this thread:

American has a long history with selling passes. In the early 1990s amid airline financial troubles, American offered lifetime passes and sold 500, some of which are still in use. The airline ended that quickly, however, when it realized it stood to lose mightily with frequent fliers who typically paid about $250,000 for the pass but could fly that much in a year or two. Some passes that were sold worked in the airline's favor, however. Mr. Garton says Dell Inc. Chairman Michael Dell was one of the lifetime pass purchasers, but rarely uses his American pass in favor of a corporate jet. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is another lifetime pass holder who now owns his own jet.

Interesting to say the least.
Has any AA agent on this site seen one of these passes in the past 10 years or so?



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User currently offlineUnitedTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 13777 times:

Quoting AASTEW (Reply 9):
AA still has such a program. It's call AirPass.

UA also still has such a program. Its called pass plus

http://www.united.com/page/article/0,1360,2964,00.html

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