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Air Passes
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Air passes are one of those travel secrets that most people don't know about except for the senior air passes offered by some airlines. We are talking about international air passes offered by airlines and airline alliances where you can only get the pass before you leave your home country. Air passes usually let you fly cheaper within a region or country that paying normal point-to-point fares between destinations. So if you plan to go to a lot of places in a region of the world or a lot of cities within a country, besides buying your international ticket to get there, check to see if there are air passes available for the region or country you are visiting. They can even beat consolidator fares!

If you don't see an air pass program you have used in the past, it is probably because the airline has become part of an airline alliance and, therefore, part of the alliance air pass program.

Note: If you are searching for air passes for a certain country or region of the world using a search engine like Google, besides including the country or region name, remember the word air pass is spelled both as 2 words (air pass) and as one word (airpass). You might want to try both spellings.
 
Budgetravelonline.com - Air Pass Article  This is their 2006 article on air passes. Worth reading.

  

The Best Air Pass Websites We have found
These are the best sites we have found that list air pass programs available for different countries and regions of the world. We have no relationship to them. Unfortunately, no air pass website we have found so far is completely up to date.
We also list all of these below for each region they cover.

Airtimetable.com - Air Passes.  This is a comprehensive and easy to navigate.  Give them a try.
Bestflights.com - Worldwide Air Passes.  An Australian website with excellent worldwide air pass coverage with good details. Comprehensive and easy to navigate.  Give them a try.
Cheapflights.com - Air Passes.  This is another excellent air pass website. Comprehensive and easy to navigate.  Give them a try.
Worldtravellers.net - Air Passes  Excellent worldwide coverage. 
 

Where To Buy an Air Pass
Besides buying an air pass through a travel agency or directly with the airline that offers it, there are some travel websites that let you purchase air passes through them.  Here is out list of those websites. Note: You usually have to be a resident of, and coming from, a country outside the region or country for which the air pass is valid.

 
  • An air pass consists of one or more flight segments. Each flight segment is a one-way flight between one city and another. 
  • Some air passes may only be available if you buy your international ticket from the same airline or from certain airlines. Regardless, most air passes require that you have an international ticket and that ticket identification often needs to be part of the air pass ticket. Some air passes may stipulate which international airline can be used.
  • An air pass may not be available if your international ticket comes from award miles or was purchased from a consolidator.
  • Just like normal tickets, you may be charged for changing dates or your routing.
  • Be sure to read the terms and conditions and talk to a travel representative if you don't understand something. 

AirTech FlightPass.   Besides being a source for discount airfares, AirTech offers a special kind of stand-by flight pass.  It is good for space-available travel on select airlines and charters. The Air-Tech FlightPass is low-priced coupled with unrestricted region-to-region travel. Give them a 4 day departure window when you are available to travel, and they will fly you from a major departure city to a major destination city. Your particular flight will depend on what's available during the time you want to fly.  Their FAQ will answer all your detailed questions about this unique service.
 
AirTreks.com -Airfares and Airtreks  This is the AirTreks.com Airfares and Airtreks page that let's you find worldwide airfares. You can also review some pre-constructed routes and build your own custom routes.
 
All Airpass.  They offer multi-regional airpass products - like the All America Airpass (Canada, United States, Central and South America, Caribbean), the All Europe Airpass and the All Asia Airpass.   They also cover India and the Middle East separately.  You choose your itinerary on their website and calculate the cost and restrictions.  Then you contact via email or phone their representative in the region of the world you live in and make arrangements to actually purchase your "Customized" air pass.
 
Bestfares.com - International Air Passes.  This is their International Air Passes page with a rundown of air pass programs by region.
 
Europe By Air They have their own air pass program with most flights costing US$99 for travel in Europe.  They use regular European airlines.
 
Exito Travel  This is their air pass page. Their air pass is only for travel in Latin America.
 
OneWorld Air Travel Options.  Oneworld is an alliance of member airlines.  It is not as big as the Star Alliance but it does have good worldwide coverage.  This link will take you to their Air Travel Options section which describes their air pass and Circle Region programs. (We also list them below by the regions they cover)
 
STA Travel - Air Pass.   STA is the world's largest travel agency for students and young people. They don't have a section on air passes, but this link will take you to the search results on their web site for air passes.  They usually have one or two air passes offers.
 
Star Alliance Fare Products.  Star Alliance is an alliance of member airlines.  This link will take you to their fare product page where they offer air passes and Circle Region (Circle Asia, Circle Pacific) programs worldwide.  (We also list them below by the regions they cover)
 
SkyTeam - Products.  SkyTeam is another alliance of member airlines.  This link will take you to their Products section where they offer air passes and an Around The World flight. (We also list them below by the regions they cover)
 
Tourista - Airlines - Airpasses.   Good worldwide coverage by regions of the world plus they also list some comprehensive airpass websites.
 
Tulips Travel  We take you to their air pass page where they list all the air passes you can buy from them.
 
Worldtravellers.net - Air Passes  Excellent worldwide coverage.
 
 

Air Pass Websites by World Regions
Includes air pass websites covering many airlines and airline air pass pages
Note: You usually have to be a resident of, and coming from, a country outside the region or country for which the air pass is valid.

Region Air Pass Information
These are websites that summarize region air passes
Specific Airlines/Comments
These are specific airlines with air passes
Africa Airtimetable.com
Bestflights.com
Worldtravellers.net
Oneworld Visit Africa Pass
Star Alliance Africa Airpass
Asia

includes
China
India
Japan
Airtimetable.com
Cheapflights.com
Bestflights.com
Air Travel Overseas
Air Passes of the World
Worldtravellers.net
Air Travel Overseas
Oneworld Visit Asia Pass
Star Alliance Asia Airpass
SkyTeam Asia Pass
Star Alliance Thailand Airpass
Cathy Pacific All Asia Pass
Discover India - Indian Airlines
Malaysian Airlines- Discover Malaysia Pass
All Asia Airpass

Discovery Airpass   Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and some other countries
Australia Cheapflights.com
Worldtravellers.net
STA Travel - Aussie Student Airpass
Oneworld Visit Australia and New Zealand Pass
Star Alliance South Pacific Airpass
Qantas Airways-Aussie AirPass if departing North America
Qantas Airways-Boomerang Pass if departing United Kingdom
Qantas Airways-Other Regions
Goawayair 
Canada Worldtravellers.net Oneworld Visit North America Pass
Star Alliance North America Airpass  for travel to Canada, Mexico or the USA on Star Alliance member carriers
Caribbean Airtimetable.com
CheapFlights.com
Worldtravellers.net
Oneworld Visit North America Pass 
All America Airpass
 
Central America Airtimetable.com
Worldtravellers.net

Exito Airpass
All America Airpass
China
Also see Asia
All Airpass All Asia Airpass
Europe European Low Fare Airlines travel topic on our website
Airtimetable.com
Bestflights.com
Cheapflights.com
Air Passes of the World
Visit Europe Air Pass
Europe By Air
Worldtravellers.net
Oneworld Visit Europe Pass
Star Alliance Europe Airpass
SkyTeam Europe Pass 
All Europe Airpass
Greece   Greek Airpass - Aegean Airlines
Hawaii   Aloha Airlines 7-Day Island Pass
Hawaiian Airlines Air Pass
India
Also see Asia
Air Passes of the World
All Airpass
Discover India - Indian Airlines
All Airpass - India Airpasses
Japan
Also see Asia
Cheapflights.com Oneworld Visit Japan Pass
Star Alliance Japan Airpass
All Nippon Airline (ANA) - Airpass
All Asia Airpass
Latin America
 
The term usually includes Central America, South America and parts of the Caribbean. See our separate listings for those areas.  
Mexico Worldtravellers.net Oneworld Visit North America Pass
Star Alliance North America Airpass  for travel to Canada, Mexico or the USA on Star Alliance member carriers
Aeromexico AeroPass
All America Airpass
Middle East Bestflights.com  Star Alliance Asia Airpass includes Middle East
Emirates Airline Arabian Airpass

Gulf Air website  send an email to Gulf Air asking about the present status of their air pass as they told us they had removed it from their website pending a modification to the program
New Zealand Cheapflights.com  
North America
Canada
United States
Mexico
Airtimetable.com
Bestflights.com
Worldtravellers.net
 
Oneworld Visit North America Pass
Star Alliance North America Airpass  for travel to Canada, Mexico or the USA on Star Alliance member carriers
SkyTeam America Pass for travel to Canada, Mexico or the USA (except Alaska and Hawaii) on Skyteam member carriers
North America Northwest Airline Airpass
Economy Airpass
All America Airpass
Pacific
Oceania

Pacificislands.com - Air Passes
Airtimetable.com
Cheapflights.com

Air Passes of the World.
Worldtravellers.net

Star Alliance South Pacific Airpass
All Asia Airpass
Scandinavia
Also See Europe
  Oneworld Visit Europe Pass
Scandinavian Airpass  Contact them by phone or email as the airpass information doesn't show up on their website but they still say they have it.
South America Airtimetable.com
Cheapflights.com
Bestflights.com
Lastfrontiers.com
Worldtravellers.net
Exito Airpass
Oneworld Visit South America Pass
All America Airpass
TAM Brazil Airpass
VARIG Brazil Airpass
LAN South American Airpass
South Pacific Pacificislands.com
Airtimetable.com
Cheapflights.com
Bestflights.com

Air Passes of the World.
Worldtravellers.net
Pacific Islands.com - Air Passes  
Star Alliance South Pacific Airpass
Air Tahiti Airpass
 
United States VisitUSA Air Pass
Air Travel Overseas
Worldtravellers.net
Star Alliance North America Airpass  for travel to Canada, Mexico or the USA on Star Alliance member carriers
All America Airpass
 
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