Is British Airways running down Flight Pass?
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After making a fresh attempt to breath some life into Flight Pass last year, it looks like British Airways may be running it down.
Flight Pass is no longer available for sale for use beyond 31st December. All 12 month passes have been withdrawn – we need to see if 9 month passes are withdrawn on 1st April. OptionTown, which runs the scheme for BA, is not responding to queries.
If you don’t know about Flight Pass, via this OptionTown link, you can buy route passes for economy travel on flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and City.
There are a huge number of pricing permutations based on how many people would share your pass, how many tickets you want, what expiry date you are willing to accept and how close to the date of travel you want to book. You can buy a pass for one route or for an entire country.
For example, you can buy 12 one-way flights from Heathrow to Newcastle for £605, so £50 each. This includes taxes. You must use them within 3 months AND must book 90 days in advance. At the other extreme, 12 one-way tickets bookable up to 4 hours in advance will cost you £131 per seat.
Given the huge number of pricing options, it is impossible to say if this offers decent savings or not but I know many frequent air commuters use it. Note that you can only book return flights with Flight Pass which means that it is less flexible than you may think – you may be able to book your outbound with just four hours notice but you need to lock in the return at the same time (changeable for a fee).
You have last seat availability. If there are still seats for sale, irrespective of the price, you can book them – as long as you are inside the booking window of your Flight Pass. There are no blackout dates or minimum stays.
All of this is irrelevant, of course, if the product is now on its last legs.
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