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/… Sep 17, 2012 at 16:05
  • Crandall was a visionary. Many Airlines also offered lifetime discounts to long serving employees, and many countries give politicians benefits that come close. I did a "see america" on Northwest, and was fed every second day in flight. As an aside bus companies did similar deals.
    – mckenzm
    May 11, 2022 at 10:24

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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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    I don't know that it's really correct to say that there are a 'reduced number of flights' within the U.S. now. It would be more correct to say that capacity has not been growing as quickly as demand.
    – reirab
    Sep 12, 2014 at 14:51
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    The inexistence is independent of the low state of current US air travel. Modern technology and booking mechanisms, together with larger networks and code-sharing have led to a secular increase in loads. In other words, it is caused by a good phenomenon (from business perspective), not a bad one. I agree that you conclude the high load ratio too, I just doubt it is caused by recent decline in demand.
    – FooBar
    Nov 4, 2015 at 7:55
  • @FooBar What do you mean by "secular" here? The only meaning I'm aware of is "not sacred," which doesn't seem to make sense.
    – phoog
    Feb 11, 2016 at 18:10
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    @phoog investopedia.com/terms/s/secular.asp = long-term contrast with cyclical = short-term Feb 12, 2016 at 13:53

The best I can find on the subject is this:


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



Since the last this question was answered there is an update.

Company called OneGo offers unlimited flights as a monthly subscription depending on where you fly and how often.

Plans pricing can be found here but they start about $1500/month for regional plans.

I think it offers more benefit for business travelers but you may take advantage of it if you plan on travelling the US for awhile.

  • The OneGo site is down now, I think it doesn't exist any more.
    – lowtoxin
    Dec 11, 2018 at 20:33

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