Frequent Flyer: Overview
The team at Relax Gaming must have itchy feet if their travel based slot, Frequent Flyer, is anything to go by. Set in one of the most romantic of locations, an airport, players find themselves swanning off to the kind of far-flung destination that would make anyone’s online friends jealous. On the way, players make the most of a two-tier free spin system to maximise returns. Back in the day, before Instagram and selfie sticks took over tourism, flying was supposedly much more glamourous. You’ve probably seen photos of economy seats that looked like Lazy Boy loungers, flight attendants serving champers in every class, heck, travellers could even smoke on planes once upon a time. This was back before 9/11, and you didn’t feel violated every time you went through airport security.
Anyway, it’s to this golden age of travel we return to in Frequent Flyer, a 6-reel, 40-payline slot in which the game area sits next to an every changing flight information board while the background depicts a retro airport, replete with old school aircrafts. There is a bit of Art Deco styling thrown in for fun and a chilled jazz track creating a bit of a mish-mash of eras, but it kind of works. The scene is bathed in warm tawny tones, adding the final touch to the nostalgic shimmer.
Playable from 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin, on any device, the game has an RTP rating of 96.14%. A comfortably average figure, paired with rather low volatility which should suit those looking for less edgier experiences. Say, a favela tour, a visit to Chernobyl, or cage diving with great white sharks.
There are 8 regular pay symbols in the game, starting with 4 low pay clubs, spades, hearts, and diamonds. At the other end are 4 high pays portraying iconic landmarks such as the Eifel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, the Sphinx/Pyramid, and the Chureito Temple by Mt Fuji. As to payouts, 6 low pays across a full payline, regardless of type, are worth 2x while a line of premiums range from 5x to 20x the stake. The wild is worth a bit more, at 30 times the stake should six land on a pay line. That is exceptionally rare though, most of the time, wilds simply substitute for any of the pay symbols to make a winning combination.
Frequent Flyer: Features
Frequent Flyer offers several varieties of two free spin features – Jetsetter Free Spins and Frequent Flyer Free Spins.
Jetsetter Free Spins are much easy to trigger. They are activated when 5 flap symbols appear on the reels and spell out one of the destinations on the information board. When this happens, players are awarded 3 free spins with either 2 to 10 shuffling wilds, or a win multiplier from 2x to 6x. It is possible to spell out a city using the flap symbols at the same time as land a +3 icon. In this case, you get 6 free spins rather than 3.
Each time you spell one of the destinations and trigger Jetsetter Free Spins, a stamp appears beside the respective name on the information board. Collect a stamp for each of the 10 destinations to be awarded Frequent Flyer Free Spins. This feature has 4 options to choose from:
- Unpack Relax – 5 free spins with a 3x multiplier + 3 wilds.
- Skytours – 3 free spins with a 2x multiplier + 6 wilds.
- Travel Gurus – 5 free spins with a 6x multiplier + 1 wild.
The fourth option is a gamble option where you can win 4-20 free spins, 2-6x multiplier, and 1-10 wilds. If you’ve been playing around with bet levels, the Frequent Flyer round uses an average of all stakes used up until that point. After the Frequent Flyer feature, the stamps are removed from the board, so the globetrotting begins again.
The last extra is the Final Call feature which randomly adds two flap symbols to spinning reels for better chances to trigger the feature.
Frequent Flyer: Verdict
Okay, so it’s not quite the same as chilling out in an airport before heading off to an exotic long-haul destination, but it has its moments. The jazzy, golden age atmosphere is quite relaxing and puts you in a positive mood. The arrival/departure board is clever too, integrating nicely with the features.
The destinations picked by Relax Gaming include some less well-known cities, alongside the classic bucket listers. Of course, they were restricted to five letter cities, but still, it’s not every day you jet off to Perth, Delhi, or Quito - ticking them off as you trigger them. Jetsetter Free Spins pop up at fairly regular intervals too, breaking up the base game, while the Frequent Flyer Free Spins gives you a mission to settle into.
As well as the positive aspects, there are a few possible concerns. For one, the 6x4 grid often feels a little too large for the number of paylines it’s packing. Also, the game does get a bit samey after a while, a bit of a tease. What we mean is when you trigger say Cairo or Miami, you still see the same imagery on screen. It might have been nice if there’d been more of a change of scenery when jetting off to these other destinations, like Aldo’s Journey.
But that’s more of a wish list than a major critique. Beneath the veneer, the stats are solid if you like a bit of volatility in your gaming. Max wins of up to 5,000 times the stake are possible, so no complaints there. Use a bit of imagination, and Frequent Flyer is a gateway to the world, of sorts. It could have opened up the gateway a little wider perhaps, but what Frequent Flyer does offer is fine for a bit of escapism.
Frequent Flyer’s intriguing feature collection system is fun at first but starts to feel more like a business trip than one for leisure after a while.