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AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Star Alliance Africa Airpass

giraffe africa safariThe Star Alliance Africa Airpass serves more than 55 cities in 23 African countries, including Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. You must purchase at least three but no more than 10 flight coupons. Travel is good in economy class on South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, EGYPTAIR and Brussels Airlines, and the pass must be booked in conjunction with an intercontinental ticket to/from Africa on a Star Alliance member airline. The pass is good for a minimum of three days and a maximum of three months, and may be booked through a travel agent or any Star Alliance member airline.

Arabian Airpass

The Arabian Airpass from Emirates is good for travel between 12 Middle Eastern cities including Cairo, Dubai and Muscat. To qualify, you must fly into the Middle East on an Emirates flight costing at least $500, and purchase at least two but no more than six coupons. The first segment of your air pass must be confirmed and reserved in advance. The air pass must be booked at the same time as your international ticket, through an Emirates office outside the Middle East. Note: The last date for ticket issuance of an Arabian Airpass is March 31, 2015. Travel can be made after this date, but must be completed within the validity of the international ticket.

Visit Africa

Oneworld's Visit Africa pass is best for travelers looking to concentrate on southern Africa, with its focus on destinations like Johannesburg, Cape Town and Victoria Falls. You must book a minimum of two sectors, but you need only confirm the first sector at the time of booking, giving you flexibility with the rest of your trip as long as you ask for your flights to be "open dated." The Visit Africa pass flies with British Airways and its affiliate Comair, and can be booked through a travel agent or by calling any airline in the Oneworld alliance.

Editor's Note: If you're planning to travel only in North Africa, you may be better served by a Europe air pass.

ASIA

southeast asia monk red robe All Asia Pass

Though a tad restrictive, as flights must be booked in advance and the first sector must depart from one of its Japan airports, Cathay Pacific's All Asia Pass offers a choice of 35 cities throughout Asia, including Beijing, Bangkok, Seoul and more, in six to eight tickets. Travel between Taipei and Seoul is not applicable. Travel for a minimum of four nights or up to a month. Call the airline or your travel agent to book.

Star Alliance Asia Airpass

You may travel throughout Asia for up to three months with the Asia Airpass from Star Alliance. Coupon prices vary by length of segment; you must purchase at least three and no more than 10. All segments must be planned in advance. The pass must be purchased in conjunction with a flight to Asia from outside the region on a Star Alliance carrier. Book the pass through a travel agent or any Star Alliance member airline.

Editor's Note: Star Alliance also offers air passes for China and Japan. Go Asia

SkyTeam's offering is good in 16 countries for up to 60 days, with no minimum stay. You may purchase anywhere from three to 16 coupons. You may combine your Asia Pass purchase with either a SkyTeam Round the World Pass or an intercontinental ticket on a SkyTeam member airline. The pass may be purchased through a travel agent or by calling any SkyTeam member airline.

Visit Asia

Oneworld's Visit Asia pass covers 50 different cities in 18 countries, including Delhi, Seoul, Bangkok and Tokyo. As long as you book a minimum of two flights, you can travel as long as you like within the validity of your qualifying international ticket on Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines or their affiliates. Flights between each city pairing are priced at flat rates based on geographic zones. You must make confirmed reservations for your first flight, but other flights may be booked later as long as you ask for these segments to be "open dated." You may purchase the pass through a travel agent or a Oneworld member airline.

Editor's Note: Oneworld also offers a Visit Japan pass.

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