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Worst Non-rev Trip?  
User currently offlinePilotNTrng From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 897 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4072 times:

I'd like to see what the worst that can happen for a non-rev out there. For me, it's been fairly pleasant with DL and US, but of coarse I have been bumped and waited for hours to get on another flight to get home. Nothing too dramatic, at least not yet. lol


Booooo Lois, Yaaaa Beer!!!
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User currently offlineSprxflySWA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4013 times:

Well, this didn't happen to me, but my wife and two kids.
Coming home from San Antonio to Boise,I came home a day before,the last thing I told her was "don't come back through Las Vegas." So,what did she do,leave SAT @ 11:00am (did not want her ride to have to get up too early.)and head right for LAS. We were talking back and forth,and as I was at work, I was telling her which flights to perhaps take. In the end, I told her to stay in LAS and after I got off at 2:30pm, I'd jump on 6:00p flight to RNO xfer to LAS,arr at 10:20p.
But flight to RNO arr early, so I caught earlier flight and startled her at LAS in smoking lounge. We all stayed overnight and flew back next am at 9. So,all in all, it turned out AOK.Nice little vacation.


User currently offlinePilotNTrng From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 897 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4003 times:

Well if you read what I was talking about StartValve you'd notice I wasn't bitchin, but rather was wanting to see some horror stories. You are right though when you fly for free complaining is wrong. Just get the story straight.


Booooo Lois, Yaaaa Beer!!!
User currently offlinePiedmontGirl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3996 times:

The way I look at it is that unless someone in the crew attacks you with the crash axe, you have no room at all to complain.

It is, after all, freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!


User currently offlineProudtoflyaa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3993 times:

My worst non-rev experiences were traveling positive space... with a confirmed seat, same rights as a full fare ticket.

User currently offlineMontanaFL From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3991 times:

Not sure if this would apply but here goes. Got off work at 7 am and caught a 7:40 am to CVG to connect to PHL. The connecting flight, which had plenty of seats, cancelled due to MX problems. All pax were rolled over to the next PHL flight which was overbooked already. Knowing I would not make that flight, I hopped a flight to ATL 2 hours later and then up to PHL. Arriving in PHL only 8 hours later than I originally had planned. I then had to drive 3 hours to north PA at night and a light snow(not fun for a Florida boy). By the time I had arrived at my final destination I had been up roughly 36 hours.

In all my non-rev travel, I have been very fortunate and that is about the worst I can mention. I know this my not be what your asking for, but it does show what a free seat can cost in the long run.



I miss those DL L-1011's
User currently offlinePilotNTrng From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 897 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3985 times:

Non-Revving is all about timing and preparation. LAS is very tough to get into. I don't know about WN, but when I was at DL and now at US it's very tough tp get in there. Well whenever you can extend your stay and have fun with it, you make out pretty well lol .


Booooo Lois, Yaaaa Beer!!!
User currently offlinePilotNTrng From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 897 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3969 times:

Well you are right bitching and complaining is not allowed...I didn't want to hear it, I just wanted to see and read some stories from fellow airlines out there.


Booooo Lois, Yaaaa Beer!!!
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3957 times:

The way I look at it is that unless someone in the crew attacks you with the crash axe, you have no room at all to complain.

Gee, must be easy to please you.

I've nonrevved well over a million miles over the last 25+ years, and I'll never complain when I get shafted in favor of a revenue pax. But as you well know, all nonrevs are not created equal, and the day that some ineligible person gets priority over me for boarding, upgrade or whatever - I will complain to make sure that the person granting the favor understands that rules are there for a reason.


User currently offlineMontanaFL From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3934 times:

I am just happy to get a seat. If it is a center seat between two screaming kids, then so be it. I wont like it, but I wont complain either. I will just smile and try to act like I am sleeping.


I miss those DL L-1011's
User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7125 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3922 times:

How do you non rev? You just show up at the ticket counter and ask?


"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlinePilotNTrng From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 897 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3910 times:

Flymia...



non-rev means non-revanue. usually this status is for employees and their family/friends.



Booooo Lois, Yaaaa Beer!!!
User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3896 times:

My partner and I tried to non-rev DL after coming off a cruise where we encountered hurricane Lenny. Made the best of it, rented a Jeep, went to South Beach, got a hotel room, went out to dinner and partied a little, got up next day and decided to try something mid-morning-caught Comair to MCO and then was pleasantly surprised: Biz Class on the 777 back to ATL. I'm still picking up the peices..... Big grin


Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
User currently offlineTheGov From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 414 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3882 times:

This didn't happen to me, but to a non-rev on a flight I was working. She and her daughter were desiring thru passengers on a flight to DEN that had a stop-over in DFW. Well, when they arrived in DFW, I had to ask them to de-plane. The flight was overbooked and they did not get back on to continue. When I left at the end of the day they were still trying to get to DEN. Then, when I came to work the next day, I had the pleasure of putting them on the same flight they were pulled from, only 24 hours after I had taken them off. I really felt sorry for her and her daughter, but they never once complained.


Always a pallbearer, never a corpse.
User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3859 times:

I've been non-revving any chance I got, and never really had any bad experiences. My last trip, however, was eventful - my 744 (N117UA) had a mechanical problem and had to return to the gate. I missed my 767-300 to go back to DEN, but I was able to get on a 757 that left at a later time. My routing was DEN-ORD-IAD-ORD-DEN all in one day, 2 744's, one 777 and one 767, which I missed, so I flew back on a 757. Got out at 9 am in the morning, was back at home at 12:30 at night. Cost - 0 dollars. Memories - priceless!

Also, for some reason, some UAL gate agents here in DEN have this attitude problems, while at ORD, SFO and IAD I always received EXCELLENT service.

Fly the friendly skies!

Alex.



Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineCO2BGR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 558 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3821 times:

There are some good ones posted on this thread including some of mine.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1266017/



There are too many self indulgent weiners in this town with too much bloody money" Randal Raines- Gone in 60 Seconds
User currently offlinePiedmontGirl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3796 times:

B747-437B:

Gee, must be easy to please you.

Oh, I keep an eye out for stuff like someone with lower seniority or priority being boarded ahead of me. I've done a lot of non-rev travel over 36 years -- for fifteen years, I commuted to base to fly trips.

However, I can entertain myself, pack goodies to eat, and I am generally pretty happy. I know that eventually I am going to get on an airplane going in some direction and will eventually zig-zag my way to where I am going. I check bookings and the weather and plan carefully.

To non-rev successfully you've got to be flexible and resourceful.  Smile


User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3768 times:
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Went to visit a friend in LAS, picked my typical late-night (1am) NW LAS-MSP run which had worked flawlessly for me several times in the past and almost always even got a seat in F. Last that I checked there were 20 seats open. Got there and was told that HP had a MX problem on their LAS-MSP flight so they dumped 20 pax onto NW to get them home. Before all this I had decided to quick take down a couple of beers for the ride home so I could perhaps get some sleep. Had to call back my friend to get a ride back to his place which was difficult. Went back to the airport at 6am to try and get a flight. No luck at 7am. No luck at noon. Got the last seat on the 2pm and that was only because a passenger checked in and didn't bother to get their seat. Was severely dehydrated, hungover and had a headache at this point. Couldn't really sleep on the plane and was stuck in the center seat on an A320. Sat next to really cute girl the whole way but I felt too crappy to have a conversation until the end of the flight, where we found out that she lives in the same neighborhood in New York as a friend of mine, but she had to connect to her LGA flight so that got cut short. I think that was the last time I ever went to LAS, the friend moved.

If you plan on trying to get out of LAS, get passes on multiple carriers, at least to points where there will be less trouble. Someone was telling me that it is often worthwhile to fly (or take a casino tour bus) to say, SLC, and connect through there as the availability is often better.

I think the truly worst non-rev trip I had was on 9/11/01. Tried to get MSP-BOS with a coworker of mine for the day (7am flight out, 7pm flight back). Everything was great (seats in F, riding on a 757, good breakfast, nice F/A's, clear nice day outside) until we made a sudden 180° turn in the sky and started to descend. Got stuck in DTW with the clothes on my back, some reading materials and materials for my contact lenses. I guess I shouldn't complain about that one; everyone had something bad happen that day and obviously a lot of people had much worse things happen than me.



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User currently offlineFlyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3736 times:

I know nonrevving is a priveledge for working for an airline but this was complete stupidity by the pilots on my flight from MDW to TOL on ATA Connection. I was flying back to TOL from Chicago on the day after Valentine's Day with my girlfriend after a wonderful night on the town. I talked to the crew the night before and told them that I was flying with them and asked if I could jumpseat back. Well, we boarded up and because they didn't feel like fueling up in Toledo the next morning they overfueled the airplane...flight was booked to 28 plus my gf and I which made 30 total and about 34 bags. This was before the new pax and bag weights were in effect so there wasn't any problem on our Saab 340B. Well, they informed me that we were overweight because they had forgot about my gf and I and that there were more bags than they anticipated. I ended up flying to FNT and having my parents come and pick me up at 3am. I was so embarassed in front of my gf and I let that captain know about it. Everyone I talked to thought I had a right to b**** about this because it was complete stupidity on the flight crew's part. I still to the day do not talk to that captain because I was so mad at him....

Ry


User currently offlineMattg21iah From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 55 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3717 times:

My worst non-rev "trips" were with my dad who was the pilot of the flight. The first time my dad had a long lay over in NYC and there were plenty of seats both up and back. Everything was fine getting there but coming back was a different story. The flight back to IAH the night before was cancelled for some reason and everyone was rolled over to the morning flight. I was 10 years old at the time and my dad knew I wasn't going to make it on the flight. I ended up trying to get on the four flights back to IAH but everything they were full. Finally on the last flight of the day a gate agent was kind enough to "find" a seat and sent me on my way. For a 10 year old being left in EWR is an interesting experience, I kept thinking about Home Alone.
Five years later, similar situation but now in Boston. Again my dad was the pilot and had a long labor and was going to visit the grandparents. This was two weeks after 9-11 so the people in Boston were still a little antcy. We arrived about 11:30pm and I was waiting for my dad to shut everything down and then go get the rental car. Then a ground crew personal came up the stairs and just started yelling at me about I was suppose to be there and what was my name. The guy was ready to haul me off when the co-pilot finally convinced the man I was with them. On the return "attempt" my dad was taking out the last flight of the night but we realized that I probably wouldn't make it on the flight because a lot of people booked on the flight the night before. We got to Logan around 2pm and couldn't get on either of the last two flights back to IAH because they were over booked. This time I had to find a hotel. Luckily there was a family in the same situation as me so I followed them to a hotel and finally came home the next morning.
I travel non-rev all the time and that makes every trip an adventure.


User currently offlineEx NWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3660 times:

"The way I look at it is that unless someone in the crew attacks you with the crash axe, you have no room at all to complain."

If it's free you can't complain...but that gives nobody the right to be rude to you, especially a fellow employee (read story below).

I've non-reved about 50 times between 1998 and 2001 all on NW and CO and only suffered one bad experience.

PHX-DTW-DCA on NW summer of '99. This trip was made shortly after the dress code was relaxed to allow non-revs to wear shorts and t-shirts. There was no problems boarding in PHX (temperature of 110) wearing shorts, however when we arrived in DTW for the flight to DCA the agent rudely stated "I hope you were not planning on flying non-rev dressed like that today". At first I thought she was joking but she wasn't. I started to explain that this was leg 2 of our trip and we didn't change clothes on the plane..there was no problem in PHX she rudely interuppted "this is not PHX!". She then proceded to say you'll need to put on long pants to board any DTW-DCA flight today. I told her that is not possible because our luggage is checked. The response...She laughed and said I guess you'll have to take a cab to a mall a couple miles from here. I asked to see a supervisor and she gave me a death stare and said NO.

No problem. I went to the next gate over and kindly asked the agent if I was dressed in proper attire for non-rev and she said "yes, they relexed the rules a couple months ago. You're fine" THANK YOU. I then told her about my problem she told me it was the gate agents discrection!! I politely asked her if she could get a supervisor when she got a chance and she agreed. The sup promptly appeared and we went to the DCA gate. The agent then told her a complete lie saying I was rude and verbally abusive to her. Several fare paying pax overheard the original conversation and butted in on my side stating I was polite the whole time. The DCA agent loudly said "FINE! I'll print your boarding card!" When the sup left the agent told me "don't even think about non-reving again because your priveledges will be suspended". I told her I'm not worried and I know your name (wrote down off her badge dangling from her neck). As I was going down the jetway I noticed she gave me the last row middle seat on a half full A320.!!!

The funniest thing was I non-reved a couple months later via DTW and the same agent was working my flight (I wasn't wearing shorts this time). I know she remembered me because she never spoke a word to me.




User currently offlineBGREACOFX From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3605 times:

I surprised my dad by getting us tickets to an Atlanta Braves baseball gave for his birthday. Going to ATL was not a problem, (BGR-EWR-ATL) on CO. Coming back was a different story. The next day we were planning on trvlg ATL-EWR-BGR on CO/COEX. But due to the EA pilots strike and CO downgraded from 727 to 737-100, we were bumped, (off the first 4 flights), from ATL-EWR. The gate agent found an alternate routing for us, ATL-IAH-BOS-BGR. So we arrived into BGR about 12 hours later than we were expecting.
When you non-rev, you take the bad with the good. Things don't always go your way, so always have a back-up plan when non-revving.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19199 posts, RR: 52
Reply 22, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3594 times:

Hmm... how does one non-rev in the UK????


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3492 times:

The one thing I have learned, non-reving or not: I always go on line and check how full the flights are the day before I depart. 99% of the time, Im not dissapointed. SmileAnd I've learned one other thing: There are days it doesn't pay to non-rev.


Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5511 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3470 times:

I can't believe people say that people that work for airlines should have to buy their tickets and not bitch! Hahaha! I mean comeon, the airlines are already screwing you over with your ridiculously low pay (see ramp agent, toilet bowl cleaner). I would be pissed if I did that, then had to pay $300 to fly on the damn airline!

co


25 Sebwhite : BOS-ORD-BUF, uneventful. Return: BUF-JFK (14 hours delayed due to blizzard), then JFK-PVD, circled for an hour and diverted to ALB because of ice on r
26 Delta15 : I dont have time to go into alot of detail, but my mom gave one of my brothers friends a buddy pass on delta to mumbai india. He got there okay, but g
27 ETA Unknown : LAX-HNL '79 tried for 3 days to get to HNL with CO/PA/UA tickets (welcome to deregulation!)- ended up on QF's flight. DAR-ZNZ '90 took 2 days to find
28 Whiteguy : Not to stir things up , and yeah the non-rev flying has been a great perk of my employment with AC but in my 6 years with the company I have never flo
29 ThreeWests : I think I have a few good ones - and I would never complain - on the contray I love the adventure of non-reving. 1. Trying to non-rev on Cathay Pacifi
30 Tom in NO : I had a pass on CO to fly LAX-DEN (Stapleton)-IAD and return in 1985. The outbound flights to IAD worked out fine. However, the day before I was to fl
31 Post contains images B747-437B : 1996 I was supposed to spend Xmas with family in Chicago. However, I decided to take a day trip up to Madison to have lunch with some friends in Wisco
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