IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2639 times:
Yes, with a standby ticket you have to check in normally, you don't get a seatnumber and then wait at the gate until everybody has boarded to see if there are any no-show's or empty seats. I have flown like this for years and have gotten stuck in a few places because there were no seats available. Longest I was stuck was 4 days in San Jose, Costa Rica. Standby tickets are cheap, but you have to be flexible with your time, as you never know when you're going to fly/come back home. A nice side effect is that there's no date on your ticket. You can go whenever you feel like it.
If you work at Lufthansa, I'd ask a buddy of yours who works at the ticket counter to give you numbers regarding the seat availability (also in First/Bus class).
Whether you get a flight or not depends on whether or not the flight is fully booked, but also your ID status. When I worked at OS we handled all LH flights and I must admit they've got a quite complex system to determine your priority.
Seeing though that you are an LH employee flying on LH, there will not be many more people above you priority wise. I'd say pick a flight that's not full, turn up for check-in and you'll have good chances. Try your luck!
Kempa From Brazil, joined Aug 2003, 374 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2488 times:
As Seinfeld says, standby ticket means you stand and the plane goes bye-bye.
Jokes aside, calling the airline for availability should be helpful. They can tell you if a flight later today or tomorrow is at 40%-50% capacity, of if it is overbooked by a lot. That way you could avoid unnecessary trips to the airport.