"[The] pass combines an exciting range of destinations with flexible, cost-effective travel thanks to our vast network throughout these regions," Mauro Oretti, SkyTeam's VP Sales and Marketing, said in the news release. "We've taken the Round the World concept and delivered it on a smaller scale to offer as many as 11 flights for customers wanting to travel extensively in this part of the world, whether for business or leisure."
|Korean Air, a SkyTeam member airline|
Photo courtesy KAL
While that may appear similar to Eurail regional passes – which offer fixed-price passes for five, six, eight, or 10 days of train travel over a two-month period, for example – there are some important differences including the cost, which is determined by more than merely the mileage flown.
“[Ticket prices] depend on the point of departure and the destinations due to different airport taxes involved,” SkyTeam spokesperson Debbie Egerton told TheTravelPro in an e-mail. “As with a normal ticket it’s impossible to give a fare that will be representative of the whole Asia Pass.”
She recommended a sample itinerary to obtain an indication of the fares. For example, an itinerary from Guangzhou (CAN) to Sydney (SYD), Jakarta (CGK), Ho Chi Minh City (SGN), Taipei (TPE), and Seoul (ICN) would cost €1.814 for a GRASP pass compared to €3.924 if the tickets were purchased individually, Egerton said. Prices do not include tax.
|Member airline Virgin Australia|
Photo courtesy Virgin Australia
While the pass covers 26 countries within the region, travelers from North America must first get to the region before they can take advantage of all the pass has to offer, and the pass’s parameters should be considered when booking travel to and from the region. For example, certain intercontinental flight “specials” include limitations, such as a maximum stay of three months, which would make it impossible to fully utilize use the maximum one-year validity for the GRASP pass.
More information about the GRASP pass and other SkyTeam passes is available here.
Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Russian Federation East of the Urals, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Southwest Pacific: Australia, Guam, New Zealand.
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