Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2509 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.
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24805 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2425 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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Goldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5970 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2163 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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DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8893 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2034 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.