A340crew From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 284 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7279 times:
I am trying to find out if I could use a UA buddy pass on UA IAD-MAD. Its the only UA flight to MAD, and my friend who is giving it to me said it would be fine, which sounds odd to me. He said it is similar to a UAX flt being operated by a regional. Any UA people confirm this?
UK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2600 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7131 times:
If it is any help, I know this is just like any other UA flight with regard to ZED tickets, as I can purchase a ZED ticket on this flight through my airline's staff travel system. I am thinking of trying it in October.
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3811 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7130 times:
If UA's buddy passes are consistent with industry standards it will only be able to be used for flights operated by UA metal and most if not all UA Express carriers on UA* flights.
Quoting A340crew (Thread starter): Its the only UA flight
to MAD, and my friend who is giving it to me said it would be fine, which sounds odd to me
The only IAD-MAD flight that carries a UA flight number...but not operated by UA... so, yes, it does "sound odd" to think that the pass in question can be used on a EI-operated "UA" flight ...again, based on my experience with non-rev pass policies that are virtually universal in the U.S. airline industry... while your UA employee friend giving you the pass could (along with dependents, possibly parents) fly non-rev on EI-operated flights, no such luck for buddy pass recipients -- who are restricted to UA and/or UAX operated flights...unless UA has a major, virtually unheard of, exception in their buddy pass program.
Highly doubtful... the airline from whom I retired (2 years ago) placed its codehare flight number on flights operated by several different airlines... nonetheless, buddy passes applied only to flights operated by our own metal or that of (the equivalent of) our "Express" carrier.
Best to speak to someone at UA more directly connected -- and therefore more knowledgeable -- with non-rev pass policies...with all the codeshares "floating around out there" it gets murky...(much) more than once I had to be 'the messenger' who informed buddy pass recipients that the pass could not be used on any of "our" flights operated by another carrier that they had seen on our website.