Low-cost airline Frontier Airlines said weeks after hinting at an unlimited-flying deal in emails to customers, Go wild!pass For sale on the company’s website.
Frontier spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz told The Washington Post in an email that the $599 cost represents a “special introductory price” for a “limited” customer group and is below the lowest price offered for the pass this year. The pass will automatically renew for two years for a fee of $1,999 unless the customer cancels the membership.
The pass is valid for trips of 300 days or more. However, some blackout dates apply. In addition to the regular holiday period, the traveler cannot use the pass on some regular days, such as his 8th of July and his 16th of December.
Under Go Wild! Passes and tickets cannot be booked and confirmed until the day before departure, so travelers need to be flexible. The airline warns that “last minute availability is not guaranteed.”
Another factor to consider: $599 doesn’t include everything. Passengers must pay taxes and fees, a fee of 1 cent for each flight her segment, and have to bear additional charges such as seat selection and baggage fees.
Incidental charges are generally based on the fare. For example, his early December flight from Reagan National to Denver costs $138 round trip, including about $60 in taxes and fees. Passengers pay $24 to $60 for seats, $48 for checked bags, and $53 for carry-ons. Government and airport taxes, fees and charges start at about $14.60 per person per flight, de la Cruz says.
Go wild! Pass, Frequent He Flyer doesn’t earn miles, but he doesn’t lose points or status. You must be a loyalty member to purchase a pass.
Frontier’s $599 pass may sound familiar to airfare bargain hunters and travel gamers. In 2009 JetBlue introduced the All You Can Jet Pass, which gives you unlimited flights for a month for the same price. The deal, which applied to 56 domestic and international destinations, was so popular that the company had to withdraw the offer before the purchase deadline.
Recently, Alaska Airlines introduced annual subscription programs, Flight Pass and Flight Pass Pro. For a monthly fee, travelers can hop on any non-stop flight to California, Nevada, Arizona or Utah.
Alaska flight passes start at $49 per month, plus taxes and fees, and offer one round trip every two months of the year. The more flexible Flight Pass Pro starts at $199/month. Under this plan, members receive credits to redeem flights. There are no blackout dates.