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User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26501 posts, RR: 75
Posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

I am hoping that OPNLguy or another WN person is up right now, but anyone with experience dealing with WN employees flying on other airlines can help, and it would be appriciated.

I am dating a WN Flight Attendent. She and I want to fly together to Europe (among other places). What are the rules about flight privleges on other airlines that fly internationally for WN employees. How much do they have to pay for their passes, can they get F and/or J/C tickets, and can they take someone like me (their boyfriend/girlfriend)? Any help would be appreciated.

She has not done international flying as a non-rev yet and has been at WN about 9 months, so she is not familiar with the procedure. I am sure she can find out, but I figure this will speed the matter. Also, I am hoping this will mean we can fly up front together

[Edited 2004-11-21 08:46:20]


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User currently offlineSwadispatcher From United States of America, joined May 2004, 427 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

She will not be able to get you space-available tickets unless you're married or a dependent (parent, child, etc..)

Where are you thinking about going? Virgin has a kick-butt sale across the pond right now (to LHR).. about $125 ea way.. I know a space-a ticket when I flew on them a year ago was just over $200.

She can put you on her "companion passes" for next year if she wants.. you get up to 4 round trip tix on WN during the course of the year.. and she always has "pink passes" (2/ 3months) as long as she doesn't call in sick.

Hope that helps!




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User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26501 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

>She will not be able to get you space-available tickets unless you're married or a dependent (parent, child, etc..)<

Well, I am not going to marry her for that, no matter how much I like flying. then again, I really do like her, so maybe in the future...eek, I turned 23 on Saturday 11/20 (just ended 2 hours ago here in New Orleans, still is in my home of Los Angeles) so that is out.

>Where are you thinking about going? Virgin has a kick-butt sale across the pond right now (to LHR).. about $125 ea way.. I know a space-a ticket when I flew on them a year ago was just over $200.<

Probably going in March, which will still be a good time to get cheap tickets. I am really good at finding cheap fares. Then again, $125 each way is probably for NYC/BOS-LHR, while I would be going from MSY (in the summer from LAX), so it would be more. Also, we would probably go to France or Germany as she has never been and is more interested in going to both than London, and I speak both languages and know both well (then again, I lived in London, so that is not a problem either).

>She can put you on her "companion passes" for next year if she wants.. you get up to 4 round trip tix on WN during the course of the year.. and she always has "pink passes" (2/ 3months) as long as she doesn't call in sick.<

That would definately be cool, but again, would not help here. Thanks for that bit of info though, I could be doing even more flying soon =)



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User currently offlineSwadispatcher From United States of America, joined May 2004, 427 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

You could always use her companion passes to get to a city out east where you could hop across the pond..

We flew up to BWI and then drove to IAD to go to LHR.. just shop around for good prices.. and remember that Orbitz, etc. may not be better than the airline websites..

Good luck..



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User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26501 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

>You could always use her companion passes to get to a city out east where you could hop across the pond..<

You have a point there

>We flew up to BWI and then drove to IAD to go to LHR.. just shop around for good prices.. and remember that Orbitz, etc. may not be better than the airline websites..<

I use sidestep, which searches every site, even southwest.com, and always shop around. Remember, I am an Av geek. I have found that Orbitz does offer decent fares, usually better than Travelocity, and always better tha Expedia. I do prefer going to each site, or using Sidestep to do it for me.



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User currently offlineSWAbubba From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 154 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

>She will not be able to get you space-available tickets unless you're married or a dependent (parent, child, etc..)<

Not necessarily true. Other airlines each set their own rules for pass travel or any other special deals we get. Some allow one companion who is not related as long as you travel together. Others include employees' parents (not dependent) as eligible for pass travel.

The pass bureau publishes a book listing all the discounts available, have your girlfriend get a current copy of it and it will answer all your questions.

As SWAdispatcher mentioned above, the way prices are now you may be better off just buying a positive space ticket.

Good luck!


User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1664 times:

off the topic of international flying...but when I go to college this fall, I'm thinking of applying for a job at WN (so far, the 2 schools I got accepted to are within 35 mins of WN service with one being about 10 mins in traffic)...

My question is for CSA and ramp positions, what are the travel privilages...on WN and other airlines. MY parents want me to come home...and I also would want to FINALLY have a chance to travel just for the fun of it! (NO, I would not abuse my privilage...I want to work for an airline, not just get a job for the travel)


User currently offlineB6FA4ever From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 816 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

doing a Pass-ride with another airline can be more expensive than just buying a positive space ticket.

me personally...i would rather pay the extra money to have a positive space ticket and KNOW that i have a seat rather than paying the ID90 or $50/oneway as a stand-by passenger. (but of course this was my case this summer when i went to HNL to see family a cpl times this year)...

and just to reiterate what was mentioned above...it can at times be cheaper just to buy the ticket than go space available. have fun on ur trip and let us know how it went!

~B6FA4ever


User currently offlineGMUAirbusA320 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 243 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1484 times:

"me personally...i would rather pay the extra money to have a positive space ticket and KNOW that i have a seat rather than paying the ID90 or $50/oneway as a stand-by passenger. (but of course this was my case this summer when i went to HNL to see family a cpl times this year)..."
-B6FA4ever

THAT QUOTE iS SO TRUE!!! I work for DH now (in their HDQ call center), and can't believe how many people ask me for free tickets!!! Don't people realize you can fly for as little as $29 each way? Save yourself the hassle of flying standby, JUST BUY THE TICKET!! It costs me 50 dollars out of my check RT, why don't you spend 65-85 RT to avoid the hassle of waiting for your name to be called?

N1120a-
Your "friend" might want to add you to her flight benefits as her significant other. Some airlines have priviliges for anyone designated as significant other. I took my best friend to LHR, MIA, flew to PHX quite a bit. We had a lot of fun. I'd find a way to get you to JFK or IAD for cheap...fly to LHR, LGW, or MAN, and hop on a train to STN or Luton..home of MUCH cheaper airfares. To get to those points, use her privileges...you'll take the "hassle" of booking the european leg of the trip...IT'S WAY CHEAPER!!! Be the hero....hehehehe

Cheers,
GMUAirbusA320


User currently offlineAv8trxx From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 657 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

"My question is for CSA and ramp positions, what are the travel privilages...on WN and other airlines"

SWA pass benefits are unlimited, free space available travel for you, your wife & dependant children and your parents on the company from day one. A 'companion/committed partner' may be declared if you are not marrried, but they only get 4 RTs a year and must be ordered. The buddy passes (aka 'pink passes' because of their color) are issued four times a year for perfect attendance in each quarter. For each quarter an employeee may earn two passes.

As far as travelling on other carriers, many WN stations have local agreements with other airlines at the airport to exchange free tickets for their airport employees. (Sorry no F/As) The agreements vary by airport and what the local managers have negotiated. This saves one from having to buy an ID90 or ID75 via the pass bureau if an agreement exists in your station on a carrier you want to travel with. (Some carriers do offer over the counter walk up tickets like $30 OW with ID though.)

N1120a-
Getting to Europe:

If your F/A will declare you, you have some options. However the service charges may be as much as a cheap ticket in some cases. US Airways offers ID90s for committed partners. MartinAir honors employee designated companions too, so that may be an option for getting to AMS. MIA/MCO to AMS is $224/rt plus tax. Lufthansa also accepts companions, but "For Parents/Companions there will be an additional $100.00 surcharge to fares. Only one companion may travel and must be accompanied by the Employee at all times". Their fares all run in the $300 RT range.

She can go into www.SWAlife.com and review all the pass agreements online and see what airlines she can take you on. Service charges are often listed as well.

She should also check out the "Passes for Trade" list. If she doesn't know where one is, she can ask her inflight sup/manager. Employees who have won tickets on other carriers at Christmas parties or events and want to swap them for pinks or other tickets list them here. Since passes can't be sold, employees trade for them. You would need to find a pass on a carrier that accepts companions though.

[Edited 2004-11-22 15:08:13]

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