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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5519 posts, RR: 49
Posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3773 times:

When you work for an airline, is there any period of time before you can fly non-rev? I was talking to someone who said it was like 5 years before you could go for free. Is that true? Or does it depend on the airline?

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User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3628 times:

If you work for an airline you get the nonrev benefits immediately. However if you stop working for them after, lets say, one year the benefits wont stay and you have to pay the reg. price. When you work with an airline for 5 years you still get the benefits even if you stop working for them.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30403 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3616 times:

It depends on the airline...I have worked for airlines where they kicked in right away.....Or after a set number of days.....Or start after you work so long based on the number of hours worked......

To add more confusion it is possible with some companies to have their on-line bennies kick on sooner then inter-line benifits.

User currently offlineDL_mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2277 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3612 times:

At DL, limited free nonrev travel starts at six months. Service charge travel starts almost immediately (I think) at $15 per day unlimited travel domestic, $75 per day international. Upgrades to F/C and B/C are free depending on availability. You are given "buddy passes" so that you can travel with friends. Most carriers require one year of service in order to travel ID90 or ID75 on other airlines. All in all, a sweet deal if you can get on all those full airplanes......

This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineDEN-HNL From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3604 times:

It depends on the airline. At UAL, we receive ID-90 or -75's online or interline immediately. Our "Write-Your-Own's" are available after 6 months of employment. They are much cheaper than ID-90s and can be used only on UA or UAX carriers. Nothing compared to the ten year wait it used to be.

John Hancock
User currently offlineExnonrev From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 621 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3599 times:

At CO, new-hires are now eligible for regular "service charge" passes immediately. They used to give you one pass upon hiring and full benefits took effect after six months. You still have to have six months to get buddy passes and interline benefits. (Some airlines require a year at CO before you can ID-75 or ID-90 with them)

Lifetime benefits take effect after ten years of service. Of course, after leaving CO it is at the retiree pass classification which is lower on the standby list than active employees and their families.

My wife left CAL a year and a half ago, so some of this may have changed. Anyone out there who works for Gordon please correct me.

Go Forward!

User currently offlineTeahan From Ireland, joined Nov 1999, 5442 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3590 times:

With SR (My mother worked for them)

*You have to work 25 years to keep your benefits (she worked 27)
*Your benefits only begin after a number of hours of work
*You must buy ID 90 (on the lowest fare) tickets on SR.
*With foreingn airlines it can be ID 95, 90, 75 or 50 (on the highest fare)
*You get 2 free tickets an year (ID 00) You only pay the costs for those
*If you seave 4 ID 00, you get a free reservation in Y class
*Every 5 years after 5 years of serviice you get a Jubilee (100% free reserved in C class)
*I can take advantage of these benefits until I am 24 on SR and 21 on many otrher airlines  

Jeremiah Teahan

Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineDL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2106 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3586 times:

The DL Mech who posted above is not quite up to speed with the current DL non-rev policy. Non-rev privledges kick in after 30 days. Each employee is granted 6 standard priority pass days, free of charge (a pass day constitutes all the flights you can and want to take in 1 day--24 hr period). Also, the employee is given 6 S2 high priority days free of charge as well as 6 transoceanic pass days free of charge except airport departure taxes (usually $10.00--$20.00). Once the employee has exhausted these free days then, unlimited service charge days kick in. The DL mech was correct about the charges associated with these service charge pass days. Also, there is no fee for employees to ride in the premium cabins on DL--if FC or BE is available then the employee can get it based on seniority. If and when the employee reaches 10 years seniority with DL, then all his/her domesic travel is free of charge for the duration of his/her career. Every airline is different when it comes to pass riding policies but I hope this helps you understand DL's a bit more in case your trying to get on with us. Good Luck!!

User currently offlineDL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2106 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

Sorry, the $10.00--$20.00 in departure taxes mentioned above refers only to International travel.

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