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Employee Benefits; BA Vs. US At PHL  
User currently offlineVikingA346 From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 515 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 11069 times:

Hello Everyone,

I was wondering if anyone can help me in regards to employee benefits working at PHL. I have been offered jobs by both British Airways and US Airways for the position of Customer Service Agent. I am not in it for the money, I am only in it for the health benefits and especially the FLIGHT benefits. From what I understand, US offers flight benefits from day one and BA offers limited flight benefits after 6 months and not until 12 months after do you get full flight benefits. These are both Part Time positions, in case you were wondering.

If anyone can comment on the differences/what they prefer/advice to me, I'd greatly appreciate it!

VikingA346 in PHL


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User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6465 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 11056 times:

If you plan on continuing to live in the PHL area wouldn't the flight benefits on US be of more benefit overall. BA has one destination out of PHL, whereas US flies to just about everywhere out of there. Can't comment on the health benefits without seeing both plans, but as far as flight benefits go, its US hands down.

User currently offlineVS11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 11019 times:

Well, BA has a more extensive international network but that probably does not matter as you would probably be getting ZED (Zonal Employee Discount) tickets, which allow you to travel on any participating airline within the specified Zone so US would be the better choice, everything else being equal. For ZED, you can visit goZED.com but you should verify that US participates in the ZED agreement, your hiring manager should be able to tell you that. I believe BA does participate but you can double check that too.

User currently offlineVikingA346 From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 10977 times:

OK. What about Star Alliance benefits? If I work for US and receive all the flight benefits, would it be cheaper for me to fly on Star Alliance? Is that what GoZED is for?

If I wanted to fly SQ 21 from EWR-SIN, any idea how much that would cost me being an employee of US?

Cheers



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User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4057 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 10953 times:

I would check into the station-specific nonrev agreements for both airlines. By this I mean that each airline has systemwide nonrev agreements, but each station may also have additional agreements that only apply at that location.

If BA has a full agreement with US then either airline would be fine, BA actually probably better overall. Otherwise, stick with US.


User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 10928 times:

Does BA pay you in pounds?  Smile That would be a deciding factor!

FWIW, I know UA is ID95 with US and some of the other Star Carriers.



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User currently offlineLHUSA From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 10889 times:

If you were only looking at flight benefits then I would definitely go with US. I'm sure most of your flying will be in the US, so your boarding priority on your own airline would always be better and you can always have access to the exact loads. If you worked for BA you would almost always be the very last one on the list when flying any US carrier. Also, it's probably much cheaper to nonrev if you work for US. I believe US has a very good nonrev package for their employees - something like you pay a one-time fee per year and then you fly for basically free in the US and pay taxes on international flights. That could have changed by now though. Also, you would get some benefits when nonreving on Star carriers - your boarding priorty would be above all employees working for carriers outside of Star. I work for an international Star in the US carrier in the states and I hardly ever use my benefits because it actually gets pretty pricey always flying on other airlines and can be pretty inconvenient when you dont have access to the loads.

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 10871 times:

Quoting LHUSA (Reply 6):
I believe US has a very good nonrev package for their employees - something like you pay a one-time fee per year and then you fly for basically free in the US and pay taxes on international flights.

When I was at US 3 years ago, the benefits were as follows.

Within the US, unlimited free flights. Internation unlimited flights having only to pay applicable taxes on US operated flights. Zed Agreements with the grand majority of airlines.

Spouse/Domestic Partner, dependents and parents, travel unlimited free travel on US Airways, applicable taxes on international flights.

8 buddy passes (ID90) for other friends and family.



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User currently offlineSilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2084 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 10821 times:

Quoting VikingA346 (Reply 3):

If I wanted to fly SQ 21 from EWR-SIN, any idea how much that would cost me being an employee of US?

SQ is not listed as a zed partner for US

Quoting Captaink (Reply 7):
8 buddy passes (ID90) for other friends and family.

It's now a flat rate (plus taxes) with the country broken into six zones. Plus an unlimited number of ED20 (20% discount) tickets.


User currently offlineVikingA346 From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 10794 times:

Quoting Silentbob (Reply 8):
SQ is not listed as a zed partner for US

What airlines are ZED partners with US? A ZED partner just means that you get discounted tickets with that particular airline, right?



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User currently offlineSilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2084 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10767 times:

There are more than 60, and I'm too lazy to type them all.
I just picked on at random and it's a "medium Zed" fare.
1-450 miles - $19
7101-9000 miles $85
and various prices for distances in between. Bear in mind that taxes still need to be paid but it's better than actually buying a full fare ticket.


User currently offlineUSFlyer MSP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10767 times:

Generally, flight benefits are MUCH better on any US/Canada airline then they are on any foreign carrier. Most US carriers charge nothing/very little for unlimited flying while foreign carriers charge you to fly on your own airline and it is not unlimited. I have a friend who worked for BA at MIA a few years ago and it was cheaper for him to fly Virgin than it was for him to fly BA, his own carrier.

User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4057 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10747 times:

Quoting Captaink (Reply 7):
When I was at US 3 years ago, the benefits were as follows.

Within the US, unlimited free flights. Internation unlimited flights having only to pay applicable taxes on US operated flights. Zed Agreements with the grand majority of airlines.

Spouse/Domestic Partner, dependents and parents, travel unlimited free travel on US Airways, applicable taxes on international flights.

8 buddy passes (ID90) for other friends and family.

That sounds exactly like what we have right now. No "flat fee" anwhere. I've never paid to fly.


User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1243 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10734 times:

Quoting VikingA346 (Reply 9):
What airlines are ZED partners with US? A ZED partner just means that you get discounted tickets with that particular airline, right?

Adria Airways

Aer Lingus

Air Baltic

Air Caledonie

Air Canada

Air Dolomiti

Air Europa

Air France

Air India

Air Malta

Air Portugal

Air Tahiti Nui

Alitalia

Aloha Airlines

America West

All Nippon Airways

American Airlines

American Trans Air

Arkia

Aviacsa

Avianca

British Airways

British Midland

BWIA

Cape Air

Cathay Pacific Airways

Cayman Airways

Continental Airlines

Croatia Airlines

Czech Airlines

El Al - Israel Airlines

Emirates

Ethiopian Airlines

Eva Air

Finnair

First Air

Frontier Airlines

Iberia Airlines of Spain

Icelandair

Independence Air

Jat Airways

KLM

Korean Air

Lithuanian Airlines

Lot Polish Airlines

LTU International Airways

Lufthansa

Malev Hungarian

Martinair

Middle East Airlines

Northwest Airlines

Olympic Airlines

Qantas

Qatar Airways

Royal Jordanian

Scandinavian Airlines

Scenic Airlines

Skywest Airlines

Spanair

Swiss International Airlines

Thai Airways International

Turkish Airlines

Virgin Atlantic


User currently offlineSilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2084 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10688 times:

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 12):
No "flat fee" anwhere. I've never paid to fly.

Flat fee is on the guest passes, not on employee travel.


User currently offlineVikingA346 From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10622 times:

OK, so the ZED partner airlines give US employees' and other partners CHEAP airfares on their airlines, right? Since British Airways is a US Zed partner, realistically, wouldn't it be cheaper to fly BA being a US employee rather than a BA employee flying one's own airline? I am assuming this because of:

Quoting USFlyer MSP (Reply 11):
I have a friend who worked for BA at MIA a few years ago and it was cheaper for him to fly Virgin than it was for him to fly BA, his own carrier.

Second question, if I wanted to fly PHL-PER, I could fly Qantas (a ZED partner) from JFK-LAX-SYD-PER. What do you guys think that ticket would cost assuming I'm an employee of US and using a ZED fare?

Cheers



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User currently offlineSilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2084 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10589 times:

Quoting VikingA346 (Reply 15):
Second question, if I wanted to fly PHL-PER, I could fly Qantas (a ZED partner) from JFK-LAX-SYD-PER. What do you guys think that ticket would cost assuming I'm an employee of US and using a ZED fare?

If you're going to be a US employee why not fly to LAX on US and save yourself even more money?


User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10581 times:

Even though i work for BA, id advise go with US.

The free internal flights are a great thing. On BA we pay, even for domestics, and the price on standby sometimes is a few pounds different to a confirmed seat, and the domestics are very busy sometimes.


User currently offlineVikingA346 From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10573 times:

Quoting Silentbob (Reply 16):
If you're going to be a US employee why not fly to LAX on US and save yourself even more money?

Good point. Didn't even think of that  Smile

Quoting Trekster (Reply 17):
Even though i work for BA, id advise go with US.

Yea that's what I'm leaning towards. It seems like BA doesn't offer a great travel benefit package. I want the flexibility to fly in the US and also to Europe and Australia. Sounds like I'd be paying way more than I need to be if I worked for BA.

Thanks for the tips guys.



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User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6465 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10564 times:

Quoting VikingA346 (Reply 15):
Second question, if I wanted to fly PHL-PER, I could fly Qantas (a ZED partner) from JFK-LAX-SYD-PER. What do you guys think that ticket would cost assuming I'm an employee of US and using a ZED fare?

If you used your own airline PHL-LAX and QF LAX-SYD-PER it would cost $186.90 one way.


User currently offlineVikingA346 From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 10515 times:

Quoting Bobnwa (Reply 19):
If you used your own airline PHL-LAX and QF LAX-SYD-PER it would cost $186.90 one way.

Wow, not bad! Just out of curiosity, how did you find that fare? Is that a fixed fare or does it depend on what day/time of year you travel? I assume its fixed since you quoted such an exact amount.

Did you find that at goZED.com?

Thanks



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User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 10381 times:

Quoting VikingA346 (Thread starter):
I am not in it for the money, I am only in it for the health benefits and especially the FLIGHT benefits.

If you're going to be based at PHL, then go for US, if the travel benefits are the main thing. One thing that would require more research would be health/employee benefits. I know that BA probably offers a better package there, including days off/vacation/etc. If you work for US then you can travel much easier through the country and if you want to fly BA, just buy a ZED ticket on them and jet off to London. I'd take the 777 rather than the 767 from PHL though!  Big grin

I work for AA, so I don't know US's policies, but at AA, you get ZED and ID90 benefits in accordance with each individual airline's agreement. Most require 12 months of service, but some require only 6. At AA, if it's a nonmanagement position you get travel benefits after either 3 or 6 months, and then after 2 years you get 24 buddy passes (12 roundtrips) per annum to give out to friends. If you take a management position at AA, travel benefits are immediate. Just giving you some highlights from AA's travel program to give you a frame of reference.

Quoting VikingA346 (Reply 3):
If I wanted to fly SQ 21 from EWR-SIN, any idea how much that would cost me being an employee of US?

If you worked for AA, it would cost you a ticket on the airline. AA has no agreement with SQ. Someone else mentioned that US doesn't either.


One thing regarding Star Alliance, Oneworld, that kind of thing. At least at AA, When two employees are flying on AA using ZED tickets. Let's say one works for USAirways and the other works for British Airways, the standby priority of a Oneworld employee is higher than that of a regular ZED, so Trekster, working for BA, would bump you possibly. Now if you both worked for Oneworld airlines, the priority would be based upon who checked in first.

Good luck in your new job!


User currently offlineCRJ200FAGuy From United States of America, joined May 2007, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 10236 times:

I am surprised that neither AA or US have agreements with SQ. 9E has an agreement with SQ but not with UA. It would be a little more useful for me if it were the opposite. Our agreement is for ID75.

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10190 times:

Quoting CRJ200FAGuy (Reply 22):
I am surprised that neither AA or US have agreements with SQ. 9E has an agreement with SQ but not with UA. It would be a little more useful for me if it were the opposite. Our agreement is for ID75.

I am sure they have some sort of agreement, be it ID75 or ID90, it is a zed fare agreement they don't have. Can some one check focus on that.. Where are our AA/US guys.

P.S. Do you guys still use Sabre, and still have focus? HAHA



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User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6465 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10181 times:

Quoting CRJ200FAGuy (Reply 22):
am surprised that neither AA or US have agreements with SQ. 9E has an agreement with SQ but not with UA. It would be a little more useful for me if it were the opposite. Our agreement is for ID75.

SQ is not thought of as being interline friendly. They do not have an agreement with NWA either, and I know NWA has been turned down as have most other carriers by SQ.


25 Malaysia : SQ is a horrible ID75 with US and once I tried that and they didnt let me on the LAX-SIN when my ID75 is Y class (they have premium economy) and said
26 VikingA346 : One more question that I forgot to ask earlier: As a US employee, do travel benefits start from day one of employment? If so, does day one of employme
27 OklahomaSooner : From what I remember, travel benefits come into effect two weeks after your date of employment. Your date of employment is the first day you start tr
28 USAir330 : If you're in it for benefits WN would be your best choice. Now if you think you're not gonna like the job than yeah go with US.
29 VikingA346 : I like US because they have an extensive US system plus many locations in Europe. WN only flies within the US. Even theough WN's benefits might be bet
30 DFW13L : AA guy here. No non-rev agreement at all AA/SQ. Only agreement they have is for company business travel.
31 Malaysia : Not for International NON REV, you would be miserable with B6/FL/WN if you mostly want to fly overseas on other carriers. they are very limited in th
32 USAir330 : As a WN employee I can actually fly US Non Rev with no problem. The only thing is that with US you have to wait 6 months after employment with WN. 3 w
33 PHLapproach : Your absolutely correct, it's 15 days after your hire date.
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