USAF757300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5026 times:
my dad is looking at a job with America West (HP), and if he wants it he can have it (a ramp agent). I would really like him to take it because of the benefits, we would be able to fly on HP and their partners for free in the USA and pay only taxes for international travel. So I was just wondering who on this forum works for an airline, or knows someone who works for and airline & can fly for free? How does it work, I know you have to travel on stand-by, but could anyone tell me about some of their experiences? Where have you all gone?
Jdwfloyd From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 837 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5016 times:
I have taken more trips than I can count. I have gone to almost every region that US flys to. Best advise is to travel on Tuesday and Wednesday and leave a day or two extra to get home. Have fun with it and do not expect too much. I ve found that the less you expect the more you get.
ORD777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5009 times:
I try to non-rev almost every weekend. Last Saturday I flew ORD-FRA on UA 940, spent 5 hours at FRA and then took LH 432 back. If I don't have a friend to visit, I'll just do a trip like that for fun. Also, I have a good friend in Boston so I'll fly ORD-BOS at least once a month on the weekends - sometimes just flying out of a party and then back the next day. Also, three weeks ago I flew ORD-SFO-SYD-LAX-DEN-ORD, but that was for an actual vacation.
Non-reving is an amazing perk and even better when you get first or business class, which seems to be about 80% of the time. You have to keep an open mind about it though, becuase you can get stranded really easily. I've spent 10 hours or more in an airport several times just trying to get a flight - but it's worth it.
As far as the cost, it depends on what airline you work for (or the person you know) and what airline you are flying. Every airline has different discount agreements with eachother. For example, it's cheaper for me to fly on UA than on AA. Unfortunatley, I have to pay to fly on every airline (even my own) becuase you we have any 'free' agreements with any airline - but i'm not complaining.
Some other routes I've non-reved on are ORD-AMS, CDG, SEA, DEN, HOU, MIA, HNL, AUK, MDT, IAD, DCA and next weekend PBI.
M404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2235 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4985 times:
Never. The only route I usually fly my carrier has only one flt a day. It's an A319 with over a 90% LF and my nerves can't handle the worry anymore so I buy either 50% ID or full fare way ahead of time - 5 months.
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DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2100 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4957 times:
I nonrev at least once every weekend. Sometimes to Far off places just depending on how many days off I can string together. DL's nonrev policies are very liberal and it's a benefit I cherish fervently. I sometimes feel more at home on an airplane than at home. Basically, when nonreving, it pays to do your home work. In other words, don't go anywhere without checking the loads first. Since nonrevs travel space available (thus the term NRSA), you'll only get a seat if there are still seats available by the time of flight departure. I've only been stranded with no options a few times in my 23 year career. The worst being at Lima, Peru. There were seats available but due to weight restrictions, no NRSA's were boarded. Anyway, I hope it works out for you and your dad.
It's a wonderful industry despite the turmoil we are in these last few years.
USAF757300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4941 times:
Thanks for all your input everyone.
I cant wait! he just had an interview with HP today, and they said that he and his immediate family can travel for free on space-available America West, Hawaiian, Northwest, EVA Air, British Airways, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic, and some others I cant remember.
Bridogger6 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 717 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4940 times:
I non-rev every chance I get, sometimes I go just to get on a plane and come right back home on the same plane! LOL I also work at America West, I usually make lots of short hops from PHX to SAN or LAX or SNA or maybe even LAS.. only when I have enough time off work do I go to the east coast, but those trips are equally fun.. I've taken many a red-eye out of Vegas to the east coast, I simply love my benefits so good luck to your dad, I know HP is in quite desperate need of rampers.
Bridogger6 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 717 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4939 times:
Oh and actually America West employees and families only travel completely free on HP and HPX (Mesa).. but ticket prices for all those other airlines are really cheap! Like $78 roundtrip PHX-LHR for example.
SQA340 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 702 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4910 times:
I've done non-rev travel on UA so many times throughout my life, ever since I was very little I was on non-rev. It definatley has it's ups and it's downs. At UA, employees and their spouses have lifetime benefits, and children have benefits up to age 18 and age 25 if you are enrolled in college.
I've had good experinces with it, the times where I've flown international C class and F class. I've had several bad experinces as well. One time, my family and I were stranded in BOS because every flight was oversold to ORD and IAD. We had to end up purchasing ID90s for US and ended up connecting in DCA. A lot of airlines go with seniorty to determine who get the empty so dont expect to get F class a lot, unless the flight is wide open in F and there are not a lot of people with higher senority. When your seniority goes up though, the benefits are awesome.
SprxUSA From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4883 times:
I have worked for WN for 10 years and the first 9 months every first day off, I would take off and go somewhere I had not been before.
It really makes my next goal, to visit all 50 states, easier. I still have to hit MA NH CT SC NC IA WI NE IN ME VT.
Also, with the "over the counter" agreements we have locally, I can fly SkyWest, United, Horizon, Alaska,Frontier, America West, and Salmon Air for $0. So, hopefully OO will keep expanding their UA Express service!
I truly enjoy going places that not too many regular pax, let alone any nonrevvers, would go. Went to Moses Lake,WA last week, as well as SFO.
Going to Anchorage later this month.
I cannot tell you how many trips I have taken just to see the airport for like 2 hours. (Lubbock comes to mind.)
Anyway, best perk for me for working for an airline. Actually second,medical insurance first!
Gem State Airlines..."we have a gem of an airline"
Jeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4863 times:
Every day off I have!
HP has great interline deals too!
Here at WN, our deals are not so good, mostly ID75s which are worthless.
You can usually buy a revenue ticket for less than an ID75.
Have fun, and don't worry.
With careful planning you will be fine.
I have never been stuck anywhere, and have only been unable to leave my home airport twice.
You are now free to be sexually harassed and then terminated for filing a complaint--Southwest Airlines to me.
Goldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6123 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4851 times:
I fly home practically every weekend. I'm also flying back east next week, and also again in the summer.
HP has some great airport agreements with other airlines. When I worked for HP, I had unlimited free agreements with Southwest, Alaska, United, Continental, SkyWest, and jetBlue. There were unlimited pay passes for DL as well.
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Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4838 times:
When I worked in the industry, I tried to fly at least once a month. When I worked for EV, I probably flew twice a month at times. I do miss the flight benefits, but I don't miss being bumped. Since leaving the industry in late 2000, I've flown twice, and this was the first and so far only ticket I've ever bought.
Aerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1531 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4781 times:
I nonrev 2-3 time per month. I do weekend trips to London, PAR, FRA and ROM. Also do weekend trips to DC to see my significant other.
This does not include actual vacation times. For those times I take a week and go somewhere far. This I do 4 times per year.
On my carrier I get the premium cabin 99% of the times. I check the loads and then keep my fingers crossed. Traveling on other carriers I have received an upgrade to their premium cabins less than 1% of the times (have been in the business over 10 years). So I do not expect it.
717-200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 601 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4765 times:
I usually nonrev to SEA about once a month on WN, DL, or HP pass
agreements that we have here at RDU. I have been doing this for
about a year now with this long distance relationship with this gal
I met not through internet dating, but the ol' fashioned way, a
chance encounter at a watering hole near RDU. She lives near
Bellingham, so when I get to SEA after a long transcon run I have
another hour or two to get to her place. I would have liked to see
FL go to SEA but I don't think that is going to happen too soon after
hearing the opinion of a certain member of senior management of
what he thought of SEA. Oh well, business is business , but they
are missing a nice part this country.