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User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2147 posts, RR: 10
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 9407 times:

I have two questions for you US Airways Mainline or Express carrier employees. First, how much is the yearly fee for your travel card? We will be getting them beginning in August, but have not been told yet how much the fee will be.
Secondly, if you work for a US Airways Express carrier, is your boarding priority higher on your own carrier than on mainline or another US Express carrier? Thanks!

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User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2665 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 9317 times:

If I remember correctly.... and someone feel free to correct me.. it has been 2 years since I was furloughed...

It was $55.00 /year for yourself
$50.00/year for spouse
$40.00/year for dependents and parents (however, you have option to put parents on SC with no fee)

I believe it was capped at $190.00/year though.... remember this was 2 years ago!!



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User currently offlinePhoenixX2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 9311 times:

What is a Travel Card???? Will this still be in place with the new US?

Rgds


User currently offlineJmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3280 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 9234 times:

Whoa! USAirways employees actually pay for non-rev travel? I thought it was completely free!


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User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9216 times:

Quoting UAL Bagsmasher (Thread starter):
if you work for a US Airways Express carrier, is your boarding priority higher on your own carrier than on mainline or another US Express carrier

It has been awhile since I have seen the terms, but I think it goes something like this. If it is a wholly owned airline (PSA, Piedmont), then mainline employees have priority, but if it is not a wholly owned airline (Mesa, Trans State, Colgan, Air Midwest, Chautauqua, and soon to be Air Wisconsin) then their employees have priority over mainline employess. I am not entirely sure about the wholly owned airline part. Also note that MidAtlantic employee's (the ones who have been furloughed) retain their mainline seniority. Oh wait, I thought they were a separate airline.  sarcastic   sigh 

Quoting PhoenixX2 (Reply 2):
What is a Travel Card???? Will this still be in place with the new US?

It is basically a card with your name and employee number that verifies you are an employee and allows you to non-rev. I believe it should still be in place.

Quoting Jmc1975 (Reply 3):
Whoa! USAirways employees actually pay for non-rev travel? I thought it was completely free!

Nope, you have to pay for it. Trust me, it is worth it. The only airline that I personally know that you do not have to pay for is Delta, where you also get free upgrades.  cry 

Quoting Nkops (Reply 1):
It was $55.00 /year for yourself
$50.00/year for spouse
$40.00/year for dependents and parents (however, you have option to put parents on SC with no fee)

I believe it was capped at $190.00/year though.... remember this was 2 years ago!!

Although it is somewhat different, it is very comparable to this.

-SOAC



Non Illegitimi Carborundum
User currently offlineSCXmechanic From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 534 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9207 times:

We don't pay anything for Employee's, Spouse, Dependents or Parents here at WN. Also we get 8 Buddy Passes a year for perfect attendance which are free as well.

User currently offlineSupa7e7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9181 times:

As far as I know, US domestic non-revving is free of charge similar to WN.

8 free buddy passes for perfect attendance is an ingenious move by WN that should be copied by US.

As for boarding priority, the vast majority are equal, including most express and mainline workers below the VP level.


User currently offlineJdwfloyd From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 837 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 9128 times:

After the first bankruptcy the travel card fee was dropped. Now anyone on the term pass is free to travel as much as they want without a yearly fee.

User currently offlineJetboyTWA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 389 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 9102 times:

Travel is free like everyone else has said.

Domestic first class upgrades are $20 for each leg, international upgrades run either $100 or $200 depending on A330 / 767.

-Ryan


User currently offlinePhoenixX2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 9091 times:

At HP they have free travel and the buddy passes are 10 per quarter for good attendance (yes that is 40 per year). The BP prices are set by zones or distance. i.e. PHX - JFK it's $100.00, PHX - SAN it's $25.00 all one way (est). You also can use them to upgrade to FC.

You also fly at level of non-rev status (employees, dependents, BPs) vs. check in time. Not by seniority. I wonder what is going to be like after the merger???

Rgds


User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 9045 times:

Quoting Jdwfloyd (Reply 7):
After the first bankruptcy the travel card fee was dropped. Now anyone on the term pass is free to travel as much as they want without a yearly fee.

Ah, I guess I was going by a paper before the bankruptcy.

-SOAC



Non Illegitimi Carborundum
User currently offlineORD777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 9000 times:

This thread makes me realize that LH's travel benefits aren't all that great in comparison to other carriers. We get no buddy passes (Friends and family have to pay ID75 and must travel with the LH employee) and employees have to pay ID90 for all LH flights - which can really add up. One thing that's nice is that we will get upgraded to business (never First) if available when leaving the US, but forget about getting any kind of upgrade leaving Germany (there's some tax law in Germany that interferes with free employee upgrades apparently). After ten years of employment LH givse you and a buddy a free ticket once a year to anywhere in the world.
Are these sort of travel benefits pretty standard for airlines, or is LH being a little stingy?

By the way, I'm not complaining at all about my benefits (I use them almost every weekend). Just noting the differences.


User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8941 times:

S3 - USAirways & Express wholey owned (MDA, PSA, Piedmont) - employees, spouse, dependents, and buddy pass riders with employee

S4 - laid off / furloughs

S5 - Mesa, Chautauqua, Air Wisky, Trans States, Colgan
Reg. Companions tvling WITH OUT employee

S7 - Other Airline employees, buddy pass riders WITHOUT employee.

Now, S5 people flying on their own airlines are still checked in as S5 but an RM comment must be made "S3" so that the gate agent knows to clear them first.


User currently offlineRichardnhsv From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 473 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8927 times:

This is from the company's employee news bulletin dated 13 June 2002

Sorry about the length, but it explaines the term pass/service charge issue.

Pass Travel Improvements

The following message to employees from President and CEO Dave Siegel was sent as a Special Bulletin on Thursday, June 13:

Dear US Airways Colleagues:

Changing the corporate culture of our company has been a stated priority for me, and that message has clearly resonated with many of you. I have tried to convey that such an undertaking will take time, but that I am dedicated to not only talking about it, but taking steps � large and small � to demonstrate my commitment to that task. Along those lines, I am pleased to announce changes to the Employee Travel program effective August 1, 2002.

� Free term pass travel in coach for all active employees

No further payroll deductions will be taken for travel privileges beginning August 1. And there will be no employee charge for pass travel in 2003. You, your spouse or domestic partner, parents and other eligible family members will have unlimited flight privileges at no charge. (Please note that domestic partners, while eligible for travel privileges, continue to be subject to tax on imputed income according to IRS regulations.)

Employees and eligible family members using the �service charge� method of pass travel will automatically be converted to free term pass.

� Reduced rates for tickets on US Airways

Employees will be eligible to buy ID-20 tickets. This is a 20 percent discount on most fares that have an advance purchase requirement. These reduced-rate tickets are not stand-by. You will travel as a revenue passenger, board with the same priority as all of our ticketed customers, and will earn Dividend Miles for your travel. There is no limit to the number of tickets that you can purchase under this program for travel by yourself and your family members eligible for pass travel.

Unlike ID-90 tickets and companion passes, which are based on the Y-Class walk-up fares, the discount pricing for the ID-20 will apply to publicly available advance purchase fares, making these even better values and costing you less than most discounted on-line travel rates. To book these fares, simply call US Airways Reservations and identify yourself as an employee seeking to purchase a ticket using your ID-20 discount. As always, please use discretion and call reservations during non-peak hours.

Our eventual goal is to allow you to book these discounted tickets directly from usairways.com, but we did not want to hold up the program while we work through those technical issues. (Once booking is available through usairways.com, you will also be able to obtain the 20 percent discount on E-Savers and other web fares.)

Please note: Even while flying on an ID-20 revenue ticket, you should be prepared to show your US Airways ID to confirm your eligibility. Also, these tickets are for personal leisure travel and cannot be used in conjunction with any business-related travel or on behalf of any company or organization. And finally, only employees can actually purchase the tickets on behalf of their family members.

In addition, the same rules that apply to our customers also will apply to our employee reduced-fare tickets. These seats may be capacity controlled, require advance purchase, minimum stays and other restrictions. Tickets are also subject to all taxes/surcharges/fees, etc. that revenue passengers pay. Reduced rate tickets are not available for First Class domestic or International First or Envoy Class travel.

� Four free First-Class upgrades

We realize that many employees already have paid for all or most of their 2002 term pass privileges through payroll deductions. The real benefit of free term pass travel will be realized next year and in following years. Refunding payments to employees is not an option this year considering our current financial condition and associated administrative complications.

So in recognition of amounts paid by employees to date, the company, this year only, will issue each employee four free First-Class segment upgrades for domestic pass travel (including Canada, Central America and the Caribbean). The First-Class upgrades will be mailed directly to employees� homes and must be used by December 31, 2003. The free First-Class upgrades are non-refundable and non-transferable and apply only to pass travel.

� Ability to pay by credit or debit card.

US Airways is extending a new convenience to employees. Beginning August 1, companion passes, First-Class upgrades, ID-90s and the new discounted ID-20 tickets can be purchased by credit or debit card.

I hope you and your family enjoy these pass travel program improvements.

Sincerely,

Dave Siegel



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User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2665 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 8823 times:

Quoting Supa7e7 (Reply 6):
As for boarding priority, the vast majority are equal, including most express and mainline workers below the VP level.

Did that change?? When I was there the mainline employees and wholly-owned subsidiaries had a higher boarding priority then the likes of Mesa, TSA, etc



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User currently offlineRichardnhsv From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 473 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 8797 times:

Quoting Nkops (Reply 14):
Quoting Supa7e7 (Reply 6):
As for boarding priority, the vast majority are equal, including most express and mainline workers below the VP level.

If it's a Mesa Employee on a Mesa operated flight, they have a higher priority, Piedmont on Piedmont, PSA on PSA and so on. As far as "Priority codes" they apply across the board. The gate agent has to put remarks in the standby list as to which airline they work with to establish a boarding priority.

I've never had a problem with any of the employees, pretty smooth process.



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User currently offlineRichardnhsv From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 473 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8791 times:

Quoting Nkops (Reply 14):
Quoting Supa7e7 (Reply 6):
As for boarding priority, the vast majority are equal, including most express and mainline workers below the VP level.

If it's a Mesa Employee on a Mesa operated flight, they have a higher priority, Piedmont on Piedmont, PSA on PSA and so on. As far as "Priority codes" they apply across the board. The gate agent has to put remarks in the standby list as to which airline they work with to establish a boarding priority.

I've never had a problem with any of the employees, pretty smooth process.



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User currently offlineRichardnhsv From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 473 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8788 times:

Sorry about the double post...  blush 


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User currently offlineJdwfloyd From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 837 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 8755 times:

Quoting Richardnhsv (Reply 16):
If it's a Mesa Employee on a Mesa operated flight, they have a higher priority, Piedmont on Piedmont, PSA on PSA and so on. As far as "Priority codes" they apply across the board. The gate agent has to put remarks in the standby list as to which airline they work with to establish a boarding priority.

On the wholly owned carriers there is no preference if the traveler works for that carrier. If a Piedmont guy with a hire date of 89 and a PSA guy with a hire date of 97 try to get on a PSA CRJ from PIT to DAY the Piedmont guy will go first.


User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8711 times:

actually there is NO differential between any USAirways & USAirways Expres wholey owned carrier. *ALL* of those guys fly S3. The only time they get trumped is when a US or USX /EN or JS/ employee rides on YV/ZV/CL/CQ, those employees for those respective carriers board before other S3 riders when flying on their OWN metal.

-n


User currently offlineRichardnhsv From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 473 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8701 times:

Example # 3:

Five (5) airline employees wish to board a Chautauqua flight. All possess space available vacation passes. The employees are as follows: Chautauqua employee, US Airways employee, Delta Air Lines Employee, Colgan Air employee and Piedmont Airlines employee. The boarding priorities under these circumstances are:

1.

Chautauqua employee
2.

US Airways Employee and US Airways Express employee (Piedmont Airlines)
3.

Colgan Air employee
4.

Delta Air Lines employee

information taken from "theHub" - US Airways Employee Website



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