rgr8apples From United States of America, joined May 2011, 13 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4723 times:
I hate to beat a dead horse here but I need to make a decision soon and I'd like some input.
First let me say that I'm new here. Second I'll say that I've done some research on this topic here and I haven't found any recent related topics.
I am going to fly nonrev (ZED) the end of this month JFK to LHR. My choices that will work with me are as follows:
VS (ZED L), DL (ZED M), AA (ZED M).
Which would you prefer as an OAL nonreving on one of these? The ZED L cost would be $300 and the ZED M cost $335.
Right now I am leaning towards VS pretty much just because of the price.
I know DL upgrades for employees, family and buddies but do they upgrade for OALs as well?
What about AA? How are they as far as OAL upgrade and treatment in general?
It probably doesn't matter but I work for B6 and we treat OALs well as we allow OAL inflight to jumpseat on us which I hear is unique to B6 and one other domestic (can't remember who now). Obviously this would not effect VS at all but AA and DL crews certainly benefit on this one sided perk. I would hope that in return these OAL employees would treat us B6ers well.
So back to the question at hand... Who should I choose?
Oh and another thought here would be to ZED L on the return leg and use a DL buddy pass on the way over. The cost of JFK to LHR ZEDL is approx $68 and the cost of the buddy pass would be approx $145. Double the cost but just about guaranteed Business Elite with a buddy pass...
toobz From Finland, joined Jan 2010, 752 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4636 times:
Yes DL has a very generous upgrade policy for employees. I would say if there was room in C, after all DL non revs boarded, then yes I would imagine the agents working the flight would issue you J.
However not guaranteed but i have many many times seen other airline employees sitting in J.
Last time I chatted with a SV captain that was sitting behind me in J from CDG-ATL.
I wish you the best of luck! DL 764s are a very nice ride up front
bobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4528 times:
Quoting rgr8apples (Thread starter): Obviously this would not effect VS at all but AA and DL crews certainly benefit on this one sided perk. I would hope that in return these OAL employees would treat us B6ers well.
The the DL employees that would be boarding you, are not in-flight and do not have access to your jump seats, that policy would be of no benefit to them so I do not think they would give preference to a B6 employee any other airlines employee. That being said DL is very generous with its upgrades to OAL. but if they favor one airline over the other, it would be a SkyTeam airline.
rgr8apples From United States of America, joined May 2011, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4455 times:
Quoting lhr380 (Reply 4): Shame we don't seem to have it the other way round
Really? I didn't realize that BA couldn't ZED on B6. That makes no sense to me. Why would an airline offer something without receiving anything in return? Sorry to hear that.
Quoting toobz (Reply 1): I would say if there was room in C, after all DL non revs boarded, then yes I would imagine the agents working the flight would issue you J.
Thanks for your info toobz. So now my dilemma is whether to go ahead and take a chance with a ZED fare R/T or to use a Buddy Pass one the way over and ZED on the way back. (Getting sleep on the overnight flight would be key for me) The price difference between a ZED fare and a Buddy Pass fare is huge. ZED R/T would be $335 and with a Buddy Pass it would be about $200 more! I flew on a buddy pass with DL from JFK to MAD and sat comfortably up front so I do know that it is certainly comfortable. (great service from the FAs btw, especially knowing that I was a non-rev)
Oh the dilemma!
Oh and BTW, are any or all of DL's flights between JFK and LHR configured with lay flats in J?