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[UPDATED] AirAsia Unlimited Pass Has 4 Odd Limitations That You Need to Know About
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[UPDATED] AirAsia Unlimited Pass Has 4 Odd Limitations That You Need to Know About

by Aiman MaulanaMarch 1, 2020
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UPDATE 1 – Added Embargo List

AirAsia Unlimited Pass Has 4 Odd Limitations That You Need to Know About

By now, I’m sure many of you have heard of the recent AirAsia Unlimited Pass promo. It’s supposed to provide customers with unlimited flights to Australia, Japan, Korea, and more for an entire year. I’m sure many of you are tempted to purchase it to satisfy your wanderlust but the COVID-19 outbreak is what makes you hesitate. Now, you may just have another reason not to get it.

Only Applicable for Selected Flights

AirAsia Unlimited Pass Has 4 Odd Limitations That You Need to Know About

Facebook users have pointed out as to how confusing the terms and conditions are. While it is unlimited, there are a number of notable limitations that you need to take note of. For starters, you can only select flights that are labeled under “AirAsia Unlimited Pass”. This can be a bit tricky as they have control as to how many tickets / flights will be available under this promo, meaning you have no guarantees whatsoever. There are far fewer people traveling for obvious reasons so for now, it may still be easy to get.

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Only for Long Haul Flights with Specific Carrier Code

Secondly, it’s only applicable to long haul flights with carrier code D7 (AirAsia X) and XJ (Thai AirAsia X) only, with an additional term of exclusion for Bali, Singapore, Jeddah, and all “fly-thru” routes. This further limits the potential flights that you can take with this promo. Moreover, it’s restricted to specific routes that are mentioned so you may not know where it might be stopping prior to reaching your destination. This is particularly dangerous during this COVID-19 outbreak season.

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Embargo Periods Apply

Third, embargo periods do apply and you will need a minimum of 14 days before your chosen flight to apply for it. The embargo period itself could lead to cancellations of flights so there’s no guarantee just yet. This may also be problematic in getting the flight you want as they’ve noted that it may not be available during times like school breaks, public holidays, and weekends. From a business perspective, it would make sense for them to prioritize those who pay for actual tickets as opposed to the pass holders.

Update: An unnamed source has provided us with the table of embargoes that apply to the Unlimited Pass promo.

Year Dates Event Routes
2020 21 Feb – 1 Mar TW Lantern Festival + 1 Mar Movement Outbound TW toJP
14 Mar – 18 Mar Malaysia School Holiday Outbound MY to AU
14 Mar – 2 Apr MY School Holiday + Cherry Blossom Peak Outbound MY to KR, MY to JP, US to JP, TW to JP
19 Mar – 22 Mar MY School Holiday Outbound AU to MY
19 Mar – 12 Apr Cherry Blossom Outbound KR to MY, JP to MY, JP to US, JP to TW
1 Apr – 15 Apr Good Friday + Easter Break (start) Outbound AU to MY
13 Apr – 19 Apr Good Friday + Easter Break (end) Outbound MY to AU
26 Apr – 3 May Labour Day + Japan Golden Week (start) between MYJP, JPUS, JPTW
29 Apr – 2 May Labour Day between MYAU, MYKR
1 May – 6 May Japan Golden Week (end) Outbound MY to JP, US to JP, TW to JP
30 Apr – 4 May Labour Day India, China
6 May – 12 May Wesak India
20 May – 7 Jun Hari Raya Aidilfitri + MY School Holiday between MYAU, MYKR, MYJP
22 May – 8 Jun Hari Raya India, China
23 Jun – 26 Jun TW Dragon Boat Festival between JPTW
27 Jun – 11 Jul AU Winter Break (Outbound) Outbound AU toMY
10 Jul – 20 Jul AU Winter Break (Inbound) Outbound MY to AU
10 Jul – 16 Aug Summer peak China
23 Jul – 10 Aug Hari Raya Haji + Obon Japan Olympic (start) between MYJP
23 Jul – 17 Aug Summer Break + Obon Japan Olympic between JPUS & JPTW
25 Jul – 3 Aug Hari Raya Haji + MY School Holiday between MYAU
25 Jul – 9 Aug Korea Summer Break (start) + Hari Raya Haji + MY School Holiday between MYKR
27 Jul – 17 Aug Obon Japan Olympic (end) Outbound MY to JP
1 Aug – 16 Aug Korea Summer Break (end) Outbound MY to KR
19 Aug – 1 Sep Hari Raya Haji School Holiday India
28 Aug – 1 Sep MY Independence Day between MY-AU MY-KR, MY-JP
15 Sep – 22 Sep Malaysia Day + JP Respect of the Aged Day between MYKR, MYJP MYAU
25 Sep – 4 Oct Mid Autumn Festival between JPTW
25 Sep – 8 Oct Golden week China
26 Sep – 3 Oct AU School Holiday (start) Outbound AU to MY
29 Sep – 2 Oct Chuseok (start) Outbound KR to MY
2 Oct – 11 Oct AU School Holiday (end) + Chuseok (end) Outbound MY to AU, MY to KR
3 Oct – 11 Oct Fall Break between JPUS
8 Oct – 12 Oct TW National Day (ROC) between JPTW
13 Nov – 16 Nov Deepavali between MYKR, MYJP, MY-IN
20 Nov – 31 Dec Year End China
21 Nov – 31 Dec Malaysia Australia School Holiday Outbound AU to MY, between MYKR, MYJP
17 Dec – 10 Jan 2021 Winter Christmas New Year between MYAU, MYKR, MYJP, JPUS, JPTW, MYIN
2021 1 Jan – 15 Feb Australia Summer Break (end) Outbound MY to AU
10 Feb – 21 Feb Chinese New Year between MYAU, MYKR, MYJP, JPTW

Only Valid for the Base Fare

Lastly, the AirAsia Unlimited Pass is only valid for the base fare. In other words, you will still need to pay other charges like, airport charges, taxes, add-ons, regulatory fees, and other charges if it arises. If you think that purchasing the pass will get you free flights, it doesn’t. The other charges could still add up quite a bit depending on where you want to go. If you consider the initial investment of the pass as paying for the base fare, then you will need to make multiple flights to truly benefit from it. The expenses from this will add up with all the charges aside from the base fare that you need to take care of.

Summary of AirAsia Unlimited Pass Limitations

  • It’s only applicable for flights labeled under the promotion, not every flight.
  • Flights are limited to specific routes.
  • There are no guarantees that you’ll get the flights you want.
  • The pass doesn’t mean that you get a free flight.

While it may seem like there is a chance that you might not be able to make use of it despite purchasing, it’s not necessarily true for everyone. However, it’s still worth keeping in mind that there are no guarantees here. There are other things listed in the terms and conditions but these are what I feel you need to take note of if you plan on purchasing the AirAsia Unlimited Pass. We are not taking sides here, we simply want the consumers to be aware of what they’re getting.

You can only purchase this from 29th February to 7th March 2020. If you want to read the full terms and conditions, click right here.

Pokdepinion: I personally wouldn’t buy it because of the COVID-19 outbreak. I don’t want to risk my well-being just to see the world. Holidays / travels can wait for as long as I’m still alive and well.

About The Author
Aiman Maulana
Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one. YouTuber, video editor, tech head, and a wizard of gaming. What's up? :)

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