Alaska Airlines launches subscription service for West Coast travel

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Alaska Airlines has launched Flight Pass, the first-ever flight pass for West Coast travel.

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Flight Pass members can choose from 100 daily flights between 16 West Coast cities. The pass can be used for round-trip travel throughout California as well as nonstop service from California to Phoenix, Reno and Las Vegas. One-way and crossover reservations are currently not available with Flight Pass.

The standard Flight Pass plan, which requires booking at least 14 days before travel, starts at $49 per month. Meanwhile, the Flight Pass Pro plan, which allows same-day booking up to two hours before departure, starts at $199 per month. (Alaska Airlines)

The standard Flight Pass plan, which requires booking at least 14 days before travel, starts at $49 per month. Meanwhile, the Flight Pass Pro plan, which allows same-day booking up to two hours before departure, starts at $199 per month. Both annual plans allow flights to be booked up to 90 days in advance. Flight Pass subscribers can also earn miles toward Mileage Plan elite status.

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 landing at McCarran International Airport located in Las Vegas. (iStock/iStock)

“Flight Pass builds on our mission to bring travelers the most West Coast destinations at the best value,” said Alex Corey, general manager of business and product development for Alaska Airlines, in a statement. communicated. “Our commitment to care means providing convenient, affordable options that fit our customers’ lifestyles and connect them to where they want to go.”

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Flight Pass subscribers will receive credits deposited monthly or bi-monthly into their accounts, which can be redeemed for six, 12 or 24 non-stop trips per year to eligible destinations. People who buy the entry-level Flight Pass or Flight Pass Pro plans will have to wait two months before booking their first flight in order to accumulate full credit. Additionally, credits expire, so passengers will need to redeem them before receiving their next batch.

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Subscribers are responsible for paying applicable government taxes and airport fees on each flight, in addition to monthly subscription fees and a “nominal rate”. The majority of Flight Pass trips will include $14.60 in taxes and airport fees each way, while the nominal fare is usually one cent. Flights for peak periods will have a higher nominal fare, which will be disclosed during the booking process.

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Alaska Airline’s subscription service comes as a majority of Americans plan domestic travel in 2022, particularly to warm weather and beach destinations.

According to Expedia’s 2022 Travel Trends Report, which surveyed 12,000 people in 12 countries, around 59% of US travelers plan to vacation in the country this year, while around 39% of US travelers surveyed said they are planning domestic and international travel in 2022.

Top domestic destinations include Orlando, Destin, Gatlinburg–Pigeon Forge, Panama City and Maui, while top international destinations include Riviera Maya/Playa del Carmen/Tulum, Rome, Bali, London and Paris.

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