Wednesday, April 1, 2015

THE BEST WAY TO SEE ASEAN THIS SUMMER: AIRASIA ASEAN PASS


I am currently at the Mactan International Airport waiting for our delayed flight as I update this blog.  I am about to embark on a quest that will span a long period of time, taking advantage of the holiday season in the Philippines and will require utmost consideration from my officemates, friends and family.

Most travelers are hindered to travel abroad for reasons of visa grant and skyrocketing plane fares.  Almost 7 years ago, I had my first Southeast Asian backpacking tour (not literally carrying a backpack but with my old luggage in tow) in the middle of my final examinations in law school.  I did enjoy the experience that since then, it caused me to travel annually to any Southeast Asian destination.


ASEAN is a 10-country political and economic association consisting of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.  Offering more than 140 routes across the Southeast Asia, AirAsia ASEAN Pass is the key to achieving another milestone in the world of travel.  And this is an opportunity I will never let go this summer of 2015.

There are two categories of the AirAsia ASEAN Pass.  These are: 10 credits 30 day travel validity (PhP7,200.00) and the 20 credits 60 days travel validity(PhP12,900.00).  I opted for the former.

How does the AirAsian Pass work?

Purchase. 

1. Purchase AirAsia Asean Pass with your Big Shot login.
2. Select your preferred type of AirAsia ASEAN Pass and make your payment.
3. Assign the ownership of your AirAsia Asean pass (you can change the ownership of Air Asia ASEAN Pass any time before the first flight of redemption is made)
4. Your Asean Pass is now ready for redemption.

Redeem.

1. Redeem AirAsia Asean Pass with your Big Shot Login.
2. Select your AirAsia Asean Pass to redeem and make your flight selection.
3. Make your airport tax payment (AirAsia Asean Pass credits only cover the basic fares)
4. Receive confirmation of your flight booking.
5.  Enhance your journey with add-ons.

Notes to ponder:

Credit can only be redeemed for your base fare

Any airport tax and add-ons such as check-in baggage, in-flight meals, seats and travel insurance are to be paid separately

Each flight will need to be redeemed at least 14 days before departure

Each route can only be redeemed once using an AirAsia Asean Pass

Travelers must be 12 years old and above

Flight redemption is limited and subject to seat’s availability, it may not be available on every flight or day

All GST and taxes are payable only upon flight redemption and not charged on AirAsia Asean Pass

The AirAsia Asean Pass is valid for one year from date of purchase.

With Blissfulguro and LakadPilipinas on this quest, planning process became smooth while we discuss the same over bottles of beer in one random night.  And the excitement continues.  But this is something we haven’t planned for a long time as it was an instant planning motivated by my desire to visit one of my dream island destinations at a very affordable cost, even made possible by the world’s best low-cost carrier, Air Asia.  Definition of affordable has never been precise until this moment.   

For specifics on how to book a flight using the AirAsia Asean Pass, Christian is more knowledgeable in the group.  He arranged everything. (click here)

Last year, I’ve never visited any Southeast Asian country which is unusual for me.  Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Shanghai, Shuzhou, Macau and Hongkong were the key cities visited.  This summer, an adventure is about to unfold as I return back to favorite Southeast Asian destinations and discover new ones including my dream island destination – Bali.

As of writing, this will be the longest travel period for me. For real time updates, follow my social media accounts:



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