VS340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2752 times:
This question is for the more seasoned traveller, especially those who have a lot of experience flying standby.
I'm planning my first non-rev flight overseas to Paris on Northwest, to leave on Dec. 19. However I know it will be very busy flying that time of year and I'm just wondering if anyone has any advice about flying standby so close to christmas. Is it even a good Idea? or should i maybe try somwhere different, maybe a little closer to home, and go to Paris some other time?
GARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1500 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2666 times:
If you must fly at that time, fly on Christmas day. Ive never had a problem
with a nov rev seat travelling on that day. Most people are already where they want to be by then...If you try from the 19th, take a good book and
be prepared for disappointment, anything above that will be a plus.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2551 times:
NW have one daily flight direct DTW-CDG (NW050)
To be honest, travelling standby at peak periods is a real lottery - rule of thumb though, try for routes with at least two direct flights per day, especially longhaul. And take tickets for backup routings via somewhere else.