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User currently offlineAC330 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 335 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3750 times:

I am an airline employee and I have always wanted to fly with Virgin. I'm just wondering how many of you out there have flown non rev with Virgin Atlantic and what were your experiences? I am debating whether to go the cheap way and standby BOS-LHR or JFK/EWR-LHR or just buy a ticket. Any info or suggestions would be great!

AC330

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User currently offlineNotdownnlocked From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 929 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3636 times:

I have nonreved on VS JFK-LHR-LAX in Upper Class. The service was spectacular and memorable. I remember I had to leave the plane before departure at JFK to make an important phone call and one of the flight attendants went with me to the gate area to see that I would make it back to the plane on time for an ontime departure. Onboard there was a choice of a massage or a manicure and a sit down bar to sit at and talk with fellow passengers. The best yet.

User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3615 times:

Ive done it with them posted my expereince sometime back... had a seat "up front" but last minute pax upgraded, gave me an exitrow in coach and a meal from up front.. not bad but flt loads were heavy on the return ended up going into a differnt city, with prices so low id buy a revenue ticket... i just bought DCA-NCE on CO/BA for 180 round trip

User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3592 times:

Flew VS LHR-MIA rtn in 1999 with family of four. G-VXLG. Was upgraded to Premium Economy (Upper deck) on the outbound on the strength of my wife's IATA travel agent's card. Rode on the cockpit jumpseat for take-off LHR and landing MIA. Third pilot, a female, was kind enough to offer me the centre jump seat with unobstructed view of the cockpit. Crew were extra nice, both cabin and cockpit. They exude Branson's image. Entertainment was the best I had see to date (probably much better today). Return flight was full and they only had one seat in Upper class and rest in economy. I chose to sit in economy with my family (what the hell was I thinking?) Economoy was as bad as any other charter airline (same 747-400). Food and service exactly the same as Premium Economy except for the seat.

Verdict: 10/10 exactly as I expected from VS.

Enjoy your flight.


User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2122 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3480 times:

Does VS upgrade its non-revs regularly / easily?

From the past few accounts, it seems that they do, just looking to get a confirmation ...



Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3394 times:

I never non-rev'd with VS myself, but friends of mine at BA always love to standby for VS flights because

a) they always take BA ID tickets
b) they regularly upgrade all ID tickets not just their own staff.

This is what I heard anyway.


User currently offlineHighguy76 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3354 times:

I non-reved EWR-LGW with VS back in '00, and was treated very well by the crew. Upperclass was nearly empty, so my friend and I were given not only an upgrade, but a choice of where we sat in the cabin.
Service was excellent, food was okay, but I can't say enough nice things about the crew, they treated us like kings. I have heard much the same from other employees who have non-reved on VS. Great ride.
Highguy76


User currently offlineMEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3282 times:

I've non-revved on VS three times. BOS-LHR 744, IAD-LHR 343, JFK-LHR 346.

BOS-LHR (G-VXLG) was very lightly booked in both Upper and Economy. It was kind of a zonal ticket, and I didn't get upgraded because they weren't catered for enough meals in Upper. 3 seats in Economy to myself, though.

IAD-LHR (G-VSKY) was about 75% booked with plently of open seats in Upper and Economy. The ticket was a station agreement we had with VS for IAD-based employees. Orig when I checked in, they gave me a Premium Economy upgrade, and also a lounge invite. Then when checking in at the lounge, a further upgrade to Upper. Wow. The lounge was fantastic. Upper Class also fantastic.

JFK-LHR (G-VSHY) was full... absolutely full. I checked in at the counter and was given Economy. At the gate, my name called, and given Premium Economy. Onboard the aircraft, named called again (and I thought I was getting the royal boot off the plane), but ended up being told to take an open seat in Upper.

So in short, I was put in the lowest class of svc available with open seats, except at IAD when they were being extra nice... and it was greatly appreciated.

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User currently offlineVS11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3169 times:

Virgin are always great to fellow airline employees and every passenger of course! If you wanna fly BOS-LHR non rev, i can check how the flight looks like if you tell me the dates u r interested in.

vs11


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3084 times:

Nice to see that the outstations are taking good care of other airlines staff.

At LHR and LGW things are done strictly by the book. Even VS staff are not entitled to Upper until they have done 3 years service and will not get it out of LHR (well not officially anyway). Other airlines staff have even been left behind when there are seats in Premium and Upper as they will not upgrade them, they wouldn't even upgrade the VS staff into Upper to accomodate the other airlines staff, as the VS staff were not entitled to it !!!.

So go VS on the Eastbound sector, but don't bother out of LHR/LGW.

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User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2122 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2997 times:

Hello vs11, and anytime you want to know the loads on BOS-CDG, you let me know or come down the hallway  Big grin

Would love to try VS on an ID sometime soon!



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