If RTW trips are not your thing or dont have the time to go on one, perhaps you would like to try to explore a region or country using a scaled down version of RTW called the Air Pass. Air Passes are usually offered by national airlines as well as airline alliances (Star Alliance, Oneworld and
SkyTeam). They allow you to fly to multiple places in a region at discounted fares. If your trip itinerary involves, say multiple cities in South East Asia or Middle East or Australia & New Zealand, then you may like to consider an air pass to save money.
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It is better to buy from the airline alliances if your travel will take you to cities spanning different countries. However, if you plan to trip-hop within a nation, consider their domestic airline. But again, do keep in mind your frequent flyer membership in terms of how you can earn or redeem the miles while choosing the airline/s. Also, I cant emphasize enough the importance of researching using the tools I mentioned before – do the search on point-to-point airfares and compare with the air pass. Or as we move into the next section, you may like to even consider other mode of transport like rail or road to save money (and sometimes save time too!)
Some Air Passes examples are given below:
Star Alliance North America Airpass. With the Star Alliance North America Airpass, you can choose from multiple destinations in 20 countries within Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and USA served by the Star Alliance network. You can purchase as few as 3 and as many as 10 coupons, with prices based on the number of coupons you’re your point of origin and travel for up to three months.
Qantas Walkabout Air Pass. Qantas Walkabout Air Pass covers both your flight to Australia and the domestic flights within Australia. Travel is in Economy on Qantas or on Qantas codeshare flights operated by Qantas Link, Jetstar, Alliance Airlines or Air North oneworld® Vist Africa Pass. oneworld® Visit Africa pass offers you access to seven cities in four countries, including the major gateway, Johannesburg. Book as many flights as you like with oneworld Visit Africa Pass (minimum two flights), using the services of British Airways and its affiliate Comair.
SkyTeam Go Greater China Pass. SkyTeam Go Greater China gives you a choice of almost 150 destinations in Greater China, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. To be eligible to purchase a SkyTeam Go Greater China Pass, you should buy an international ticket to Mainland China or Taiwan with any of SkyTeam’s 19 member airlines. Then, simply book your first flight within the region Greater China with China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines or Xiamen Airlines at least 3 days before your international departure.