ATL2CDG From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 296 posts, RR: 11 Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1484 times:
Non-rev (aka non-revenue) refers to the industry practice of free or reduced-rate travel for company employees, their close family and those within the industry. Some carriers provide this service at no cost to the benefit holders, while others charge a small fee, usually no more than $50, depending upon class of service and distance traveled.
Also, the vast majority of carriers have agreements in place that allow employees and their families from another company to "non-rev" on their flights, despite any marketing competition. For example, a UA flight attendant could non-rev ORD-SFO on UA, SFO-SEA on AS, SEA-NRT on NW and NRT-ATL on DL.
Many companies also provide what are called buddy passes or friends and family certificates whereby the employee can give "non-rev" opportunities to friends or extended family on a trip-by-trip basis. These passes are limited in number ranging from the pathetic 8 at DL to upwards of 30+ at UA.
In all of the cases, the "non-rev" is at the bottom of the standby list. All revenue passengers are boarded, followed by company non-revs then others.
Flpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2120 posts, RR: 32 Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1425 times:
And when there are more than one non-revenue passengers (normally there are lol), each non-revenue usually has a specific priority. Some non-revenues are on business trips (trainings, etc.). Business non-revs have a higher priority over a non-rev taking a personal trip, for example.
Generally there are 4 classifications:
I can't remember what S stands for, but the 1 usually means non-rev, confirmed, '2' means space available. An easy way to associate 'R' is with "recreation", i.e. vacation, personal travel.
UAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2134 posts, RR: 10 Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1380 times:
UA's buddy pass fares are now based off ID90 pricing. A roundtrip buddy pass fare from ORD-SFO is something like $350 now. You can buy a ticket cheaper and get a confirmed seat. If UA thinks they are going to make more money by charging such ridiculous fares for buddy passes, they better think again.
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2312 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1367 times:
Another general term for non-revs was NRSA, which means Non Revenue Space Available.
On the original Frontier in the 1980s, employees and family members carried coupons that cost $2.50. Each flight took one coupon!. Frontier would serve steak on china, cloth napkins, and free wine in coach on flights of less than 90 minutes. Those were the days.
Also some airlines use check-in time as the non-rev priority (within a classification). Other airlines use company seniority as the criteria.
Mattnrsa From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 385 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1361 times:
Actually, the SFO-ORD roundtrip companion fare, including all government fees and taxes, is $283. The fares have definitely gone up, esp on intl flts, but they are still good for last minute travel when advance purchase requirements cannot be met. Also if the employee is taking a trip with a friend, the friend might as well use the buddy pass, since they'll both be in the same standby boat anyway. If you know the flt is likely to be open in First or Business (doesn't happen often, but you see it sometimes), it could make for a nice last minute trip, esp to Hawaii, where the fares have actually gone down.
Also, UA uses BP codes for anyone who sits in a seat, ranging from BP1 (confirmed full fare pax) to BP10 (employees from other airlines). Most UA staff are BP8A, who are then prioritized by their company seniority.
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2312 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1345 times:
Also some airlines gave priority to "thru" employees over employees originating. To get around this, some employees in Dallas for instance, would fly Dallas to Houston first. Then return to Dallas so they could check in as a thru passenger to have a higher priority on an outbound Dallas flight.