Nygfan84 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 172 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2825 times:
Hi I work for an airline and want to take a couple friends with buddy passes to HKG or SYD from LAX in January. My question is what are the load factors typically on those routes? Would I be able to non-rev 4 people on a flight? I think so, perhaps because there are like 4 or 5 routes a day to each. What day typically has the least amount of passengers usually? Thanks!
OptionsCLE From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 467 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2691 times:
I can't lend you too much help since it was in July, but on my recent flight on a Sunday from LAX to BNE, there were a fair amount of open seats. I'd say don't expect to sit together and expect the middle of the middle section!
AS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 5818 posts, RR: 23 Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2582 times:
Every airline is different, I can take friends with me on a number of other airlines in addition to my own. Just depends on the agreements and then the station to station agreements.
NY: HKG may be tough. Loads are useally pretty good, but my friend is a Duty Manager here at LAX, so I'll ask him what CX loads look like. Now to OZ, its possible right now, but their warm season is around the corner. Again it depends on who you are flying on of course and what deals your airline and the other airline provide.
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Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 22021 posts, RR: 51 Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2544 times:
Besides loads, be aware that both nonstop Australia and Hong Kong services from LAX can be weight limited leaving non revs behind even with open seats. Airlines will often fill up any available free weight with cargo.
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Nygfan84 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 172 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2316 times:
Thanks I didn't know that non-reving had to only employee deals with Star Alliance carriers, I thought it was more so a general broad agreement between airlines. I am kind of new about this. So I guess I could fly Singapore or Thai as well.
Bobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5974 posts, RR: 9 Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2272 times:
Quoting Nygfan84 (Reply 10): Thanks I didn't know that non-reving had to only employee deals with Star Alliance carriers, I thought it was more so a general broad agreement between airlines. I am kind of new about this. So I guess I could fly Singapore or Thai as well.
I suggest you contact the pass bureau of the airline you work and get the correct info about pass travel. I still think you can't use buddy passes on another airline.
Ualcsr From United States of America, joined May 2006, 482 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2217 times:
It would help if you told us for which airline you work; maybe someone out here works for the same and can tell you the policy. On UA, we could give buddy passes to friends, and we had a certain number of buddy passes with certain Star airlines, although I'm pretty sure that if you use a Star companion, the employee must travel as well. Also, I think, not sure, that you can take no more than two companions with you if you use UA buddy passes on UA. (I'm furloughed, so the policy may have changed.)
I flew SFO-SYD on UA back in 2000 (in the midst of the pilot slowdown). I had no problem getting on, but I do remember some companions did not get on b/c the flight was weight-restricted. If I recall, Australia flights from the US were often weight-restricted and the loads were not necessarily indicative of whether or not you'd get on. I've heard from friends at UA that Asia flights are very, very full this year. As Bobnwas says, best to check with your airline and ask your co-workers; they'll know best.
LGAtoIND From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 490 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2111 times:
Just because a flight goes out full, does not mean non-revs didn't make it on the flight. I have made it non-rev onto flights that have appeared full when the plane left the gate, when in reality there were 15 open seats with 20 non-revs listed, therefore most made it on.