Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced the launch of ‘Flight Pass’, a new product that will allow passengers to make advance purchases of discounted bundles of flight tickets that can be used against future bookings.
What is Flight Pass?
Flight Pass allows passengers to pre-purchase multiple flight tickets at a discount, and enjoy the flexibility of deciding on travel dates and booking flights later. SIA says that this will allow ‘passengers to enjoy greater savings with more flight tickets purchased in advance’.
Flight Pass will initially be offered on SIA services between Singapore and France, Italy, South Korea, Spain, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. This includes the quarantine-free Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights from these destinations to Singapore, if their trip starts from Singapore. The flag carrier of Singapore states that the Flight Pass will be progressively expanded to other destinations in its network.
How does the Flight Pass work?
Step 1: Let SIA know your frequent flights
Travellers can get started by choosing their preferred destination(s), number of flights, and number of flight tickets required.
Step 2: Customise the flexibility of your Flight Pass
Depending on the amount of flexibility needed, travellers can decide on the travel period validity, advance booking condition, and fare type.
Step 3: Lock in your fare and buy your Flight Pass
Travellers can pay in full upfront, and use their Flight Pass to book eligible flights whenever they are ready.
Travellers can lock in discounted air fares for multiple flights, and decide on their travel dates at their convenience. The travel can also be customised based on parameters such as destinations, the number of flights, the travel period, and the fare type. The tickets in each Flight Pass bundle can also be shared with family members, friends, colleagues, or anyone else that the buyer chooses. This allows the travellers to enjoy cost savings by pooling together their travel.
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Features that can be customised
Flight Pass can be customised based on the following parameters to suit the passengers’ needs:
- Travel zone: One or more destinations passengers want to fly to.
- Number of travellers: Number of people who can share the Flight Pass.
- Number of flights: A round-trip booking for one traveller requires two flight credits.
- Travel period: The eligible period for flight departure.
- Advance booking: How early in advance a flight must be booked before travel.
- Fare type: Each fare type offers a different range of advance booking selection and Flight Pass conditions for flight changes and cancellations, frequent flyer miles, and more.
The good thing about Flight Pass is that there are no extra or hidden restrictions and fees. Passengers can book any flight subject to seat availability and their selected Flight Pass conditions. Additional surcharges will not be borne by the traveller even if the market fare of a flight increases. The Flight Pass is governed by the conditions passengers select at the time of purchase.
Mr Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial, Singapore Airlines, said:
As more quarantine-free international travel flights become available, Flight Pass offers Singapore Airlines customers greater flexibility and options when planning their trips. It allows them to enjoy greater cost savings by pooling their travel, and tailoring it according to their preferences. SIA will continue to find innovative ways to add value and offer even better choices for our customers.
Travellers may purchase and manage their passes via SIA’s Flight Pass website at https://singaporeair.optiontown.com. SIA is offering Flight Pass in collaboration with Optiontown, a US-based provider of innovative travel options.
More information about the Flight Pass can be found here.
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