Bofredrik
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USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:05 am

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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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:49 am

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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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:09 am

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

Air Canada has the North America pass!
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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:09 am

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?"
 
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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:11 am

"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
 
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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:16 am

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.
 
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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:33 am

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?"
 
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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:54 am

Collage students or College students.
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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Tue Jul 31, 2007 7:06 am

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.
 
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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Tue Jul 31, 2007 7:34 am

AA still has such a program. It's call AirPass. Go to AA.COM for more information.
 
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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Tue Jul 31, 2007 7:59 am

A bit of a tangent here but...

CX offers the All-Asia pass:

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

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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:14 am

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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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:24 am

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.
 
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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:51 am

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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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:49 am

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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RE: USA: Do Any Airline Have "Fly Pass" Anymore?

Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:54 am

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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