There’s a new monthly pass for digital nomads that’s generating a lot of buzz right now — but is it really worth the hype?
Landing, a furnished apartment rental platform that specializes in mid-term stays, has just announced its new Nomad Pass for $1,495 per month.
The pass includes unlimited access to furnished apartments plus unlimited free flights on Frontier Airlines with the inclusion of a GoWild! Pass.
But is this deal actually too good to be true?
Here’s what you need to know about the Nomad Pass, and whether or not it’s actually worth it.
What Does The Nomad Pass Include?
The Nomad Pass includes access to Landing’s 20,000+ fully furnished apartments across more than 375 cities in the United States.
These apartments are modern, stylish, and fully equipped. WiFi and utilities are included, so you can move right in and start working.
Included in the $1,495 Nomad Pass is a Frontier GoWild! Pass, a value of over $599. These passes were introduced in 2022 and allow unlimited flights on Frontier — but with lots of caveats.
So is this actually a good deal?
Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Nomad Pass.
Who The Nomad Pass Is For
The Nomad Pass might be worth it for digital nomads and remote workers who are extremely flexible with where they stay and don’t mind having a lot of uncertainty in their plans (see the cons below for more details on why this is important!)
One of the major benefits of the Nomad Pass is that you get access to high-quality furnished apartments with WiFi and utilities included for just $1,495 a month.
This is much cheaper than any decent apartment in most major U.S. cities, and Landing has properties in top digital nomad cities like Chicago, Denver, Austin, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, and more.
If you’re okay with moving around a lot, the Nomad Pass could be a viable option for living in lots of cool U.S. cities and trying out different neighborhoods.
You can also get some good mileage out of the included Frontier GoWild! Pass, although it does come with numerous restrictions (more on that below.)
So who shouldn’t get the Nomad Pass? Here’s why it may not be as great of a deal as it sounds like…
Why The Nomad Pass Isn’t Worth It
One of the biggest drawbacks of the Nomad Pass is that you will be part of Landing’s “Standby” membership.
So while you have unlimited access to their 20,000+ apartments, you can be “bumped” at any time if a standard member decides to book that apartment.
You’ll only get 3 days’ notice if you’re being bumped, and while Landing will help you find an available apartment in their inventory, you might be left scrambling to move into the next place quickly.
This is a major con because even for digital nomads who are on the move frequently, having to potentially move every 3 days and not being able to maintain a consistent schedule can make life difficult.
Also, the Frontier GoWild! Pass comes with similar catches.
There are a number of blackout dates, you still have to pay taxes and fees (so the flights aren’t really free), and you can only book flights one day in advance.
These factors make planning ahead very challenging since you have no guarantee of where you’ll be staying in a week or where you can fly to next, until the very last minute.
And finally, there will only be 1,000 Nomad Passes available at first, meaning it will be nearly impossible to even obtain one of these elusive passes.
What do you think? Are you the type of person who could handle this much uncertainty? Let us know in the comments below!
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