You guys wanna know how I scored flights to Manila, Ho Chi Minh, and Yogyakarta for only RM727 ALL-IN? If you answered yes, READ ON!
I’ve been a frequent AirAsia flyer since I relocated to Malaysia for work because… uhm… cheap fares, of course! Although I’ve been kind of enjoying the AirAsia BIG loyalty program too, lately.
Anyway, you guys may or may not have heard of this thing called AirAsia ASEAN Pass. So let me give a really quick backgrounder. The ASEAN Pass is basically a fixed-priced pass that contains a fixed amount of credits that you may use to redeem flights across 70 destinations within 10 ASEAN countries (Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and the Philippines).
As you can see, you can get either 10 credits for RM499 (valid for 30 days) or 20 credits for RM888 (valid for 60 days). The amount of credits required to redeem flights vary accordingly. Check out AirAsia’s sample itineraries here.
I was honestly a bit skeptical since it was my first time to try it, so I decided to get 10 credits first. Okay, cut to the chase, the whole process isn’t as smooth as it seems and I wouldn’t say it’s for everyone. But hey, with the right amount of luck and patience, I think it could be worth it.
Since it’s cheaper than booking regular flights, you have to compromise a bit when it comes to flexibility. Flights under AirAsia ASEAN Pass depends on availability, and based on my experience… they’re pretty scarce.
It took me a couple of weeks to finalize my itinerary, which now looks like this:
But yep, that’s right! In the end, I had managed to maximize the entire 10 credits to travel from KL to three other countries. See also: mad penny-pinching skillz. LOL.
Again, adding up all aforementioned taxes to the initial RM499, those four flights had cost me about RM727 ALL-IN. Not bad yo. Not bad.
So yeah, good things don’t come easy so if you think you have the patience (and a certain amount of luck) to try out AirAsia ASEAN Pass, I’d say go for it! It’s always a good idea to save on flights so you can spend the extra pennies on other travel expenses like food and accommodation.
Note: NOT a sponsored post! 😊 But if you have any questions regarding the ASEAN Pass, check out ASEAN Pass FAQ Page or feel free to leave a comment!