For most travelers, a boarding pass generally has a short shelf-life: Once the flight attendant scans them, they’re usually on their way to a trashcan or doomed to languish in the depths of an airline app. But did you know your airline boarding pass can grant you access to travel perks even once your flight lands? In fact, that used boarding pass might also be your ticket to discounted spa treatments, reduced museum admissions, complimentary cocktails, free ski passes, and more.
Read on for the airlines with the best boarding pass perks beyond the plane. If you’re flying with one of these carriers, be sure to hold on to that ticket until your trip is over.
This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.
On board Alaska Airlines, your boarding pass doubles as a lift pass at eight ski resorts throughout Alaska, Canada, Colorado, Idaho, Washington, and Montana. Passengers can nab one free lift ticket per boarding pass on the same day as their flight arrives. The list of eligible partner resorts can be found on Alaska’s site, as well as offer details like blackout dates and other restrictions.
With Seoul-based Asiana’s “Magic Boarding Pass” program, travelers can score a host of discounts at tourist sites throughout South Korea and other regions in the airline’s network. Simply flashing their boarding pass opens up fliers to reduced entry costs at museums and other attractions, including 30 percent off admission at Seoul’s Coex Aquarium and 10 percent off tickets to the city’s Jeongdong Theater, plus other perks like free drinks at restaurants. Browse the airline’s dedicated discount page to see all the available deals.
Your British Airways boarding pass is your ticket to savings at some of London’s poshest boutiques. Offers include a 15 percent discount at Bentley & Skinner’s Jewelers in Mayfair, 15 percent off at Hackett British Menswear, and 10 percent savings at Floris British Perfumers. After a long morning of shopping, travelers can refresh with afternoon tea at Hotel Café Royal or Ham Yard Hotel, where their airline ticket garners a complimentary glass of Champagne and a free cocktail, respectively.
As part of the “My Emirates Pass” program, Emirates passengers can use their boarding passes to access offers at more than 500 locations in Dubai and across the UAE. And just like the airline’s service, these perks are five-star all the way. Among the numerous discounts: Get 20 percent off select spa treatments at hotels across Abu Dhabi and Dubai, including the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Le Méridien Dubai, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial Center, and many other luxury properties. Also available are a flat 20 percent of the tab at some of the UAE’s best restaurants, as well as discounted entry to popular tourist attractions in the region.
Discounts abound with Korean Air’s “Excellent Boarding Pass” offers. Fliers can show their boarding pass for up to seven days after their departing flight to score benefits like half-off admission to the Jeju Folk Village, 45 percent off Lotte-Rent-a-Car reservations, plus specialty dining perks like free seasonal entrées and complimentary beverages at popular restaurants.
The boarding pass privileges that Singapore Airlines offer are so plenty that travelers could cash in on them at every stage of their trip, from the airport to dining to tours and their hotel. Offers include free dessert at numerous restaurants throughout Singapore plus other dining discounts, up to 20 percent off treatments at Ikeda Spa, including an onsen bath with a massage or an organic facial, and 20 percent off tours with Singapore Sidecars. For the full list of hundreds of discounts, visit the airline’s promotion page.