Philippines AirAsia Offers Fully Vaccinated Flyers a Seat Upgrade

Domestic passengers booked to travel through August can request the free perk at the airport check-in or an AirAsia service counter.

A Philippines AirAsia Airbus A320-200 landing in Manila. (Photo: Hetzark Segundo RPLL)

As the vaccine rollout in the Philippines gathers pace, Philippines AirAsia is providing another incentive for domestic travelers to get their coronavirus jabs as soon as possible. Any passenger who has received their second dose of any Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before travel will be able to disembark first or enjoy more legroom in the emergency exit rows with an upgrade to a priority “hot seat” at no extra cost. Available on a first come, first served basis, this promotion will last until August 31, 2021.

Fully vaccinated guests who have pre-booked a standard seat can be upgraded at the check-in counter by presenting a physical or digital vaccination card; they’ll get to choose new seating arrangements between rows 2 to 5 and 12 to 14 for all Philippines AirAsia domestic flights. The upgrade can also be redeemed at AirAsia sales and service counters throughout the country.

Philippines AirAsia spokesperson Steve Dailisan said in a statement, “Safety Always is one of our core values in AirAsia. While strict health and safety protocols are now part of our new normal, we wanted to go further toward achieving our country’s herd immunity. We hope that simple gestures like a hot seat upgrade would motivate more people to get vaccinated whenever available. It is only then that we will fully achieve total confidence in air travel and the full recovery of the tourism industry.”

So far, 60 percent of Philippines AirAsia’s 1,513 staff members have been inoculated against the novel coronavirus, and the low-cost carrier plans to have its entire workforce vaccinated toward the end of the year. The Philippines’ vaccine rollout has ramped up in recent weeks, although local health experts say more could be done to improve the general pace. According to vaccination tracker herdimmunity.ph, less than 10 percent of the country’s population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while just over 4 million people, or 3.67% of residents, have been fully vaccinated. Delta variant–driven outbreaks elsewhere in Southeast Asia has seen both Indonesia AirAsia and Thai AirAsia temporarily suspend operations in their respective markets.

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