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Airline Employees And Mileage  
User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2558 times:

Do Airline employees earn mileage when they fly to attain Elite status? Can they reach elite status?

Also, if they can, if a Skywest employee flies on UAX, would they get mileage?


"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2550 times:

No, they don't. Unless, of course, they buy the tickets they're flying with just like a normal passenger.

User currently offlineDutchflyboi From Netherlands, joined Apr 2008, 333 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2534 times:



Quoting Boston92 (Thread starter):
Do Airline employees earn mileage when they fly to attain Elite status

Yeah, wouldn't that be nice.... No we do not get mileage when we fly. If we pay for a normal ticket sure, just like everyone else.


User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2534 times:

Have you ever bought a ticket just to get the miles?


"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2514 times:

Miles, at least to me, seem pretty worthless to an airline employee. Why would I care about frequent flier miles (that seem to be a pretty big headache to use anyways) when my travel benefits offer me much more flexibility and options? For the occasional time that I absolutely have to be somewhere on time, I just buy a ticket.

User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24856 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2430 times:

Airline employees can and do get mileage -- I know plenty of employees(myself included) that are members of various programs including elite status for flying on paid tickets.
Out of 50+ trips a year, I only nonrev/jumpseat 3-4 times.

Some carriers here in the US even have small internal incentives to sign up employees for their programs to gain benefits thru partners(hotels, car rental, online shopping etc..) and such.



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5970 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2168 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 5):
I know plenty of employees(myself included) that are members of various programs including elite status for flying on paid tickets.

The percentage of employees that do that is VERY small compared to the whole. The average airline employee does not have a high enough income to pay for tickets AND everything else. This is why the flight benefits---for the most part---are free or very low cost to the employee.



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13517 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2137 times:
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Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 6):
Quoting LAXintl (Reply 5):
I know plenty of employees(myself included) that are members of various programs including elite status for flying on paid tickets.

The percentage of employees that do that is VERY small compared to the whole.

AS offers employees in some departments Mileage Plan miles as perks for recognizing superior work performance, and these miles can certainly add up quickly.

Couple that with discounted annual fees for affinity credit cards that earn mileage, and employees can and do rack up miles - albeit outside the traditional 'butt-in-seat' way of doing so.



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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

If I accrued mileage, I'd own the airline.

I do accrue mileage on others, though, through full fare tickets as a regular passenger.



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

No reason for them to not be able to accrue mileage on paid tickets. I do know a decent number of crew members will pay for tickets at peak times just to be sure they can get to/from work instead of relying on a standby seat or jumpseat.

It's like me working for the company I work for - I can use my employee discount, but I can't accumulate the reward program points, or I can accumulate the points, but no discount. There are times when each is advantageous. Same thing applies to airline employees (or really employees at many different types of jobs) - it's something you weigh when making your decisions.

But if you're taking advantage of your employee perks, then no.


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