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Why You Absolutely Need to Save Your Boarding Pass After Your Next Flight

It’s one of the world’s best travel secrets: your boarding pass could get you discounts and offers on food, shopping, experiences and more. Here’s which airlines have the sweetest deals.

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By Nicola Chilton

Jul 12, 2022

IF YOU’RE ONE OF THOSE people who throws away boarding pass stubs at the end of a trip, stop right now. Depending on the airline, those little pieces of paper, or their digital counterparts, can be redeemed for offers and discounts at hotels, restaurants, theme parks, museums, retail outlets and more. And it feels like one of the world’s greatest travel secrets. All you need to do is present the printed or digital boarding pass, along with photo ID, to open up a huge range of offers—though make sure to read the small print as there’s often an extensive list of Ts and Cs. We’ve rounded up some of the airlines currently offering the best boarding pass bonuses.

Asiana’s Magic Boarding Pass

Surf Lesson in Australia
Surf lesson in Sydney. Courtesy of Asiana

Asiana’s Magic Boarding Pass goes further than offering discounts only in its home of South Korea, although if you’re heading there now that the borders have reopened you’ll have plenty to look forward to, with discounts on the airport rail link, roaming WiFi, theme parks, museums and more. Across Asia-Pacific, there are offers on everything from restaurants and car rental in Japan to city tours in Vietnam and surf lessons in Sydney. Flying Asiana to Europe scores shopping discounts at Bicester Village and McArthur Glen outlets malls, and an Asiana boarding pass can even get special rates on boat tours in Paris and entry to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection gallery in Venice. 

British Airways
London shopping and sipping discounts

Boeing 787 of British Airways
Courtesy of British Airways

If you missed out on London’s Platinum Jubilee excitement, British Airways’ London shopping discounts will still give travelers to the city something to smile about. With a focus on great British brands, a BA boarding pass entitles the holder to discounts at Mayfair’s Bentley & Skinner jeweler, British menswear brand Hackett, heritage tailoring from DAKS, and Floris perfumers. One hundred boutiques at Bicester Village are also offering up to a 60-percent discount, and the Westfield mall will swap boarding passes for VIP passes within seven days of landing. Top it all off with discounts on three of London’s smartest hotel afternoon teas, and you’ve got a grand day out.

Discounts at 500 outlets across the UAE with Emirates My Pass

Armani Spa of Armani Hotel Dubai nestled in the iconic Burj Khalifa
Armani Spa of Armani Hotel Dubai is nestled in the iconic Burj Khalifa. Courtesy of Burj Khalifa

The most extensive boarding pass promotion available right now, the Emirates My Pass offers summer visitors to the UAE deals at over 500 outlets across the country, a useful saving in a destination where prices can quickly add up. From discounts on entry to the Burj Khalifa At The Top for sky-high views to luxury hotel spas, hair and beauty salons, water parks, desert adventures, dhow cruises and restaurants, the opportunities to save are dizzying. Discounts are also available at major luxury retailers such as Bloomingdales, Coach and Giorgio Armani, as well as high-street brands like Aldo and Gap, and the offers can be redeemed as many times as you like between now and September 30, 2022.

Sponsored by Tourism New Zealand

Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass

Pool Deck at Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi
Courtesy of Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad’s boarding pass doubles as an Extraordinary Abu Dhabi pass, unlocking deals and discounts for travelers across the emirate. But you’ll need to be quick with this one as offers are only available up to seven days after the flight. While the discounts don’t have the breadth of those offered by neighbor airline Emirates, there are great savings to be had at hotel restaurants and spas throughout Abu Dhabi, as well as luxury hotel beach and pool passes at Anantara, Shangri-La and InterContinental hotels across the city.

Thai Airways
Fly Me to Thailand boarding pass shopping offers

ICONSIAM Aerial View
Courtesy of ICONSIAM

Just named the best city in the world for an affordable luxury vacation, Thai Airways is offering visitors to Bangkok even more ways to save money on their summer holiday. If you’re arriving from overseas before September 30, 2022, to the city T+L readers just voted No. 1 in Southeast Asia, your Thai Airways boarding pass is the key to shopping and discount cards at some of the best department stores. Head to the tourist counters at ICONSIAM or Siam Paragon malls with boarding pass and photo ID to receive a Bt300 value SIAM Gift Card and a Tourist Card offering up to 30 percent discount at Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon and ICONSIAM. 

Turkish Airlines

Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Turkey
Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by RuslanKaln/Getty Images/Canva

Since Turkish Airlines has one the world’s broadest flight networks, there’s a chance you might find yourself transiting through Istanbul at some point. Pre-Covid, if you were transiting on Turkish through Istanbul airport and had a layover between six and 24 hours, your international arrival boarding pass would get you a ticket for a guided Touristanbul tour. Depending on the timing, the tour might include visits to some of the city’s top sights such as Dolmabahçe Palace, Taksim Square and Galata Tower, Turkish meals and museum visits—all entirely free of charge. The only thing passengers have to remember is to check if they need a visa, and apply for it in advance if required. While Touristanbul is currently on hold due to the pandemic, Turkish Airlines plans to bring the program back, so keep an eye out for it when planning that next trip. 

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