Flair Airlines offers unlimited travel pass for 3 months

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Flair Airlines Ltd. is offering passengers an unlimited travel pass for three months amid rising competition between budget carriers.

The unlimited flight pass costs $700 and opens the gate to limitless domestic flights between Feb. 13 and May 13 and includes one checked bag.

A $500 version has some blackout dates and excludes flights on Fridays and Sundays, as well as baggage.

The blackout dates are Feb. 14 to 17 (Family Day long weekend), March 20 to 30 (spring break), and April 10 to 13 (Easter long weekend).

Both versions of the pass do not include taxes and fees and the flights must be booked at least 48 hours in advance. Flair said the travel pass is not transferable.

Edmonton-based Flair offers routes between seven cities, all in Western Canada except for Toronto.

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CEO Jim Scott says the flight pass is aimed at students, small-business owners and families for whom more frequent visits or an extra getaway would otherwise be unaffordable.

Flair is not the only discount airline to hawk eye-catching promos as domestic competition heats up. Earlier this month, Swoop unveiled a so-called loonie sale, offering 100,000 seats for a base fare of $1 before taxes and fees.

In 2018 the Competition Bureau launched an ongoing predatory pricing investigation into Swoop and parent WestJet Airlines Ltd. over allegations the two carriers used anti-competitive practices to crowd out Flair from at least three routes.