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Back in 1993 I had a ticket called 'Delta Air Lines Travel America Standby Airpass' that allowed me to take an unlimited number of flights on Delta Airlines within a 30 day period. 60 days were available as well.

There were some conditions:

  • You had to purchase the pass along with a transatlantic flight (possibly other long distance flights into the U.S. worked as well and they did not necessarily had to be with the same airline)
  • You could not be a resident of the U.S. or Canada
  • You could only use flights within the continental U.S.
  • Your seat was not guaranteed, when showing up at the airport you would get added to the bottom of the stand-by passengers list, but most of the time, this was not a problem.

I know that at the time other airlines besides Delta had the same kind of passes, but do they still exist today?

It seems today air passes work differently, you have to buy coupons for a predefined route. The price depends on the distance and number of flights. An example is the Star Alliance North America Airpass

That's not what I am looking for, I like the unlimited 'Fly as much as you can' pass.

If there is a positive answer to this, it may also be a good answer to the question 'Sightseeing the USA by air'

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Something even cooler that most definitely does not exist anymore are lifetime "fly as much as you like" passes: articles.latimes.com/2012/may/05/business/… –  Michael Borgwardt Sep 17 '12 at 16:05

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These types of passes have not existed for many years.

JetBlue has run an "All You Can Jet" deal on a few occasions over the past few years, but it's only been run for specific dates rates (ie, not any 30 days you want) and is fairly restrictive.

The odds of anyone bringing back something like you've described is fairly low due to the current state of US air travel. "Standby" travel (in the form you've described) is basically non-existent now days due to reduced numbers of flights resulting in much higher "loads" than in past years. For some specific routes - especially those between hubs - you could be waiting days or (at some times of year) even weeks to get a standby seat on a flight.

As you've stated, "Air Passes" are the current equivalent of what you're describing, but they are priced based on segments and distance - not an "all-you-can-eat" type of deal. Star Alliance (United, Continental, US Air), OneWorld (American Airlines), SkyTeam (Delta), Alaska Airlines and others all has some form of Air Pass program - normally only available to non-US residents when bought in conjunction with an airfare to the US.

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The best I can find on the subject is this:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/travel/2015386729_webairfare21.html

As far as I can tell the JetBlue has actually ended that program not so long ago but it may come back:

http://www.jetblue.com/aycj/

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