LHUSA From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 564 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3589 times:
This has been done before, so I thought it was time for another round to see if you have any good stories to share.
A recent trip of mine:
I fly serveral non-rev trips evey month but my latest stuck out as a unique one for me because I do not normally fly the ORD-LAX route. Anyway, I get to the aiport at 7am for my overbooked flight and noticed that my flight had been delayed to 11:10(didn't realy care). There were several early nonstop options available, but I decided to stick with this one being that it was the only three-cabin widebody flying the route that day. I watched several LAX-ORD flights board with swarms of standby passengers grasping to get on the 757s. Most were from my flight and trying to get out earlier than our rescheduled time and was fine by me cause it would ultimately open up seats on my flight. I had anticipated this happening so was feeling pretty comfortable I would my original the flight. Then our plane arrived and (praise the lord) it was 777! Upgraded from a 767 (usually the other way around) An upgraded aircraft is a ray of hope for any nonr-ever. I knew my odds of getting in were way better and that I would likely be in F or C - That's just what happended. After they boarded all pax my name was immediately called and they "welcomed" me into First Class. Seat 2J, which is the international first suite. Such a wonderful surprises really balances out the other trials and tribulations that accompany non-reving. The flight was amanzing! I'll save the details since this isn't exaclty a trip report. But something fun about this trip... I met two young SkyWest flight attendants who were also SAs. We were all cleared into F class, we bonded, and even ended up going out with one of them last night!
What are your favorite, most interesting, worst, best experiences you have had while non-reving???
Folov From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3547 times:
I was flying once from LAX to ZHR through CDG.... I left from LAX In J CLASS 65a upper deck B747-400. Great flight, the flight crew came to me asking me what i wanted to eat, i had my choices all the way...
Took my flight to ZHR, short flight did not really care for it.... I arrived in ZHR and had a Ferrari F1 sign with my name on it .... I was transporting parts for them from LA... They took me to my hotel for the night.. I was so used of the american hotel that i called the front desk to order some food... They did not have room service... he asked me if i was from the US... LOL... on my way back i was once again upgraded to business.... But the captain recognized me, and put in in first,,, that was sweet.
FlyMatt2Bermud From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 563 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3454 times:
I was jump seating (pre 9/11) on air carrier that I did not work for. Everything was just peachy until a 'master caution' warning illuminated. The crew knew I was not too familiar with this type of aircraft, I think it was an MD80. Anyway the caution was immediately cancelled and the crew proceeded to work through the corrective action procedure with a combination of sign language, eyebrow movements, piglatin and whistles. I wasn't sure if they were trying to keep something from me or the Cockpit Voice Recorder?
Thanks for the safe flight guys!
"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward" Leonardo Da Vinci
Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3451 times:
My story is an old one, but I think you may enjoy it.
I had a dear friend Tom, who used to take me non-rev with him on Pan Am F/C to Europe all the time, but that's another story.
I was working for Pilgrim Airlines at JFK at the time, and won a Round Trip on Icelandair at our Christmas party and decided to take my friend along for a long weekend in Paris.
We arrived at JFK and waited for boarding, and were told there were no seats available. Tom said, never leave the gate until the door is closed, so we waited. Just as the door was closing, they told us there were two seats available and we actually had the last row in the back of that Super DC-8!
So, here is what made this trip special. Tom had always taken me F/C on PA, so I decided I would make his trip special. After takeoff out of JFK I opened my carry on, brought out the table linen, caviar, toast points, and other items, and we had a first class service before dinner was served. He totally flipped out!! After dinner, I had a birthday cake for him, and shared most of it with the crew.
As you can imagine, the pax around us were a little taken a back by our fine service, but it was a lot of fun
United319 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 523 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3440 times:
I just did the nonrev trip from hell...
I cant get into too many details because my airline doesnt like their employees talking about them on here, but lets just say I spent upwards of 8hours in one airport trying to get home which was only 800 miles away, then I ended up overnighting in our hub city, and arrived to work an hour late the next morning. I didnt get into a lot of trouble but still I learned a thing or two from that trip.
Jeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3421 times:
This is my favorite.
A friend and I were trying to go SFO-CDG on a AF ZED ticket.
The flight was full, but AF endorsed the ticket to any other ZED carrier.
We tried KL, AY, and BA but they were all full.
Our last chance was VS and they did say they could get us on, but that we would get seat assignments at the gate.
I was pretty upset because our hotel was booked for Paris and we were not set at all to go to London. Our return flight was CDG-IAH, so we wondered how we would get from London to Paris.
I was all ready to just go back home and forget about the trip when the VS agent called us up for our seat assignments. I saw I was going to be in 6-K, Upper Class. I was so happy, I did not care what happened on our trip, I was going!
We ended up taking the "Chunnel" train to Paris and everything worked out after that.
You are now free to be sexually harassed and then terminated for filing a complaint--Southwest Airlines to me.
Reins485 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3393 times:
I think my favorite non-rev story is one of my flights from LHR-ORD. My dad was the captain on one of his last flights before he had to retire at 60. And only my brother and I made it on the flight and my mom was not able to but she caught one like an hour later. I was pretty young but I remember all the flight attendants were paying attention to us because we were the captain's sons. And we went up to the flight deck after the flight and got pictures made. Then we went through the crew line at ORD with the rest of the flight crew and my mom got in about an hour later.
Another flight, I can't remember from where to where but my mom was the flight attendant, which is always fun.