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Stand By Ticket?  
User currently offlineMaddy From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 164 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 12 months 18 hours ago) and read 2661 times:

I have got a stand by ticket but don´t know how to use it?
Do I have to wait for an empty seat until I can fly?

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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (10 years 12 months 18 hours ago) and read 2657 times:

Standby ticket for where? From where? And with who?

Normally you will have to wait for the flight you want to go on to be called and checked in. Then the load controller will be able to assess your eligibility to get on - if there are any seats.

It's a slightly worrying way to travel, but worth it financially. You just have to leave yourself enough time to try another flight if you cannot get the one you want.

Andy  old 

Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (10 years 12 months 18 hours ago) and read 2651 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.  Smile

User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 12 months 18 hours ago) and read 2638 times:

Did you try calling the airline? That's likely a better source of information.

User currently offlineMaddy From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 12 months 18 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

Quoting Bicoastal (Reply 3):
Did you try calling the airline? That's likely a better source of information.

I applied for a job at Lufthansa and got the ticket for free to travel from Hamburg to Frankfurt.
How are the load-factors on these flights?

[Edited 2005-06-01 16:17:21]

User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4621 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (10 years 12 months 14 hours ago) and read 2526 times:

Quoting Maddy (Reply 4):

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!  Wink

Not drinking, also isn't a solution!
User currently offlineKempa From Brazil, joined Aug 2003, 374 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 2500 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.

The other thing is: no checked baggage.

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