Rotate777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 400 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2396 times:
Non Rev means to fly for free. How do you become a non rev? Well, you either have to work for an airline or have a family member work for an airline.
So whenever a non rev wants to fly, they just go to the airport and ask if there are any availible seats and if there are, then they can go on that flight. Usually in First Class too.
FLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4510 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2338 times:
I don't know about Swissair, but at United, we get ID-95's which entitle us to a 95% discount off of rates---you multiply the mileage by a certain percent (I'll have to search for the sheet), which gives you your total cost for the ticket. SFO-SEA in Economy is $6.25, while SFO-SEA First Class is $13.60. SFO-HNL in Business Class is $24.00 r/t.
Seasonedflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2309 times:
I feel sorry for all of you that have to pay to 'non-rev'....kind of a non-sequitar, don't you think.
At Delta, the employees fly for free. Absolutely free. No taxes, no 'yield fare', free. The only problem is, with a system load factor of 86%, trying to find an open seat to somewhere other than Boise is getting a little difficult.
p.s. All Delta employees get 'buddy' passes to give to their friends (no restriction on who you call a friend). It is about the same as an ID-95.
It's amazing how close a friendship people want to develop with you when they find out you have an extra buddy pass....
Iahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3319 posts, RR: 44 Reply 10, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2257 times:
One must keep in mind non-revs can find themselves stuck for days at a time if flights are full. NR's board in certain priorities...employees, family (spouse, kids, parents), buddies, other airline employees..etc. Within each catagory senority rules all... ie. 20 years goes before 10. Family of a 10 year employee goes before that of a 5 year. Buddy of a 5 year boards before that of a 3 year. During a busy holiday period, NR's can pile up, flight after flight until there are 50,70, 100 waiting to get a seat on one plane. (I kid you NOT... !!)
AWA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2260 times:
That's true... sometimes it can be a total pain in the ass! So if it's a busy travel time (or busy travel days) and I really have to be somewhere, I sometimes end up just buying a ticket... even on my own airline.
Sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5243 posts, RR: 27 Reply 12, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2253 times:
Having done a bit of "non-rev" flying, I can tell you that the priorities are sometimes altered- I fly non-rev b/c a family member works for a major, once showed up at LGB for a return to DFW- flight wide-open until the other major serving LGB to my destination at the time had its next flight mechanical out- Oof!
As always, I dressed for first-class (used to have to wear ties, etc.) and there was one seat left; gate agents (of course) holding out to make sure no revenue pax get left; another non-rev passenger kept hounding the agent in a less-than-pleasant way about "when'll I get my boarding pass..." and being none too nice anout it.
That feller stepped away for a moment, the agent smiled at me, handed me the pass, and said, "Run!" Across the tarmac, into the MD80, door hit my butt and off we went.
I know that other guy was a higher pass priority than I was (heck, I waslower than dirt); but sometimes it pays to be pleasant.
Come to think of it, good advice even if you're paying for the trip...
It's funny, though, when there is a stack-up of non-rev's trying to get home at a big hub (ORD, DFW)- you begin to recognize the same faces as you trudge from gate to gate, trying (hoping, praying) to get there. And the list gets posted and you move down, down...
... so now you know why there are people with pained faces at the gate when you show up at that very last minute with a revenue ticket- someone's staying behind, and may even be pulled off the plane!
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
TAA_Airbus From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 726 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2233 times:
My friend managed to get me a non rev ticket with Ansett Australia. I figured it was only for direct family members, but somehow they he must of found a loophole. Anyway, my question is can you get frequent flyer points on a non rev flight. Im refering to Ansett, so maybe only the aussies in the know can answer.
But seriously, 55 dollar business class ticket sure beats a 1300 dollar business class ticket.
Just goes to show how ridiculous Australian airfares are.
Teahan From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 5275 posts, RR: 62 Reply 17, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2185 times:
Non reving is not that cheap! This summer we will fly GVA-ZRH-LAX-HNL return in C class for 215 Swiss Francs ($150) on an ID00 (only taxes) but then the expensive part comes! 400 Seiss Francs in Y Class ID90 HNL-Rarotonga with Air NZ! I will be doing this trip in June!
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
Brissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2185 times:
My favourite holiday ever, was Christmas/New Year 1992, when I travelled to Langkawi in Malaysia. Being, at the time, SQ staff, I flew on an ID100 ticket from Perth-Singapore-Penang, ID95 Penang-Langkawi on MH. I was to stay in Langkawi for 12 days (all on standby, due to the season). When it came time to leave LGK for SIN on my ID100 ticket with MI, the flight was absolutely chockers. Seeing as I was on standby, I was, of course, one of the first bumped off the flight. The next available flight was on Monday afternoon.
The day was a Friday, which as Langkawi is more Muslim than most other parts of Malaysia, there weren't many people about. I trotted back to the Sheraton Resort (away from the Pantai Cenang tourist strip), only to find that there was a Japanese conference-cum-golf trip on, and that they were unable to accommodate me. The guy who picked me up at the airport on my arrival in Langkawi, offered to let me stay with his family at his farm.
I have to say, for such an Islamic island (and I mean ISLAMIC, in the sense that they have loud speakers at various points around the island, which blare out every morning at 5am to beckon the people to the mosques...arrgghhh.....the humanity), I have never met a family that drinks so much piss, and generally know how to have a great time. It turned out, that on his farm, apart from the odd water buffalo running about, he also grew mushies (the kuta variety). The next three nights were just full-on parties with Andrew, his family and his mates. To be honest, I can't remember much of what happened over that weekend, but whatever I got up sure as hell beat being back here in Perth (although I do remember going out in the fields on the farm on a trike and going arse-over-tit and landing 5 metres away from the most enormous water buffalo I have ever seen, and the brown stuff in my pants as I got the hell out of there!!!). I have since been back to Langkawi twice and on each return trip have saved myself the money (even though ya get 75% discount at the Sheraton) and stayed with Andrew and his family. So, I must say, that travelling on a standby non-rev ticket and getting bumped isn't all that bad.
Any other non-rev stories out there ya wanna share?
Teahan From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 5275 posts, RR: 62 Reply 19, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2165 times:
Non Reving in Europe is much easier.
The best holiday had to be to HNL last year! On the HNL-LAX flight we were upgraded to F class! Such a nice end to the holiday! We landed in LAX ar 05:00! I then had the full day at the airport until 16:00 in the afternoon. I went to the viewing gallery in the Thomas Bradley International Termainal, bought a few Cokes at Mc. Donalds and had a great day. Afterwards we were in C class on SR. There was the nicest FA ever. When she noticed I was not eating my meal (It was allready a vegetarian meal but had eggs. Some of you may know that I am lacto vegetarian) She went up to F Class and got me a lovely plate of vegetarian lasagne etc. She also talked to me and my parents a bit during the flight !
When you fly non rev., you allways seem to get better treatment from the crew. On a GVA-LHR in Y class, my mom knew a flight attendant. She gave my mom 2 small bottles of champagne and me a heap of SR chocolates!
All this joy of travelling non rev will end when I am 24 which is in 10 years time ! That day will be the worst day of my life! Well I guess I will have to get myself a job with an airline
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
Tritanic From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2169 times:
For those who don't know this.....NONREVING IS THE BEST BENEFIT OF ANY OCCUPATION WORLD WIDE. It's amazing the amount of diversity within the airline community. In five years I have flown not only first class 90 percent of the time, but if a price tag was attatched the approx total: $100,000!! and that is not an exaggeration.........For the UA person asking if DL gets first class international......We have went to a two tier seating configuraton; BusinessElite and coach; therefore we don't have a First class section, but BusinessElite is a wonderful seat for 8 hours!!!! I'm also proud to say that DL goes up and beyond for ID90's. If you are with another airline and DL has First class open well you can bet we will place you up front!!!
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4210 posts, RR: 36 Reply 21, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2166 times:
There must be some places on Internet or so where employees sell friends-passes... Does anyone knows how to get one?? I love flying, don't mind to wait on an airport a few hours, and am not close with any airline empoyee :-(((
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Tritanic From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2165 times:
To give you an example how most airlines deal with passes I'll use Delta. Of coarse I fly free with the exception of International taxes. My parents also share this benefit by just showing a flight "like credit card". Also we are permitted to choose a companion of our choice that can fly with this card, but the companion must purchase a flight pass. All Delta employees are granted 8 "Family and Friends" passes per year. With the companion and Family and Friends passes Delta asseses a fare based on this: domestic flights are 3 cents per airmile, and international is 1.5 cents per airmile. One way between Atlanta and Washington is approx 17 dollars!! Now here is the catch: An employee caught selling a Family and Friends pass can be subject to TERMANATION!!! And DL is very strict that one traveling on these passes must be leisure only!!! Put it this way my Friends and Family love me!!