SJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2330 times:
I work for SW, and one of the perks we get is unlimited free flights whenever, wherever, that simple. Also, after a few months of employment, you can enjoy free flights on most other carriers. I just got back from DTW via NW, all free, all first class. Every week on my days off, I go up to either Seattle to visit my friends (use to live up there), or I go to SAN to go surfing, or wherever else I feel like going. I'm going to New Zealand in June on Air New Zealand, and paying 230.00 round trip.
Now, wipe the drool off your face, and go apply at SW. I'd say go to any airline and apply, but we are the only one hiring right now, and we have the best travel benefits around. You gotta be 18 and flexible w/ your schedule. This isnt an ad for a job, but I just don't like seeing you all paying for flights when you are this into aviation... have fun..
UALbrat From United States of America, joined May 2006, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2219 times:
I wish I had, about 25 years ago!! Being the son of two UAL employees (hence my username) I had the pleasure of free and nearly-free travel for many, many years, and a brief taste of it again when UA had the companions passes. I hope they'll reinstate them one day...
BlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1916 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2206 times:
I think it is sweet that you are putting a plug up for WN based soley on the fact that you love your job and the airline you are a part of. Would that all airlines treated their most valued asset as WN does, and in return got the hard working loyalty and enthusiasm that SJCguy is displays in ALL his posts.
SJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2157 times:
TG992- with all due respect, fly SW one time and during the flight read about our financial success, and how we are now worth more than every U.S. airline combined right now, how we have not laid off 1 single employee in all 30 years, and you'll realize what me along with my fellow 30,000+ employees do and will continue to do for our company. I'm tryin to get all you dudes and dudettes pumped up about flight benies. It's awesome to work with fellow employees who live and breath aviation like we all do...
Nighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5163 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2135 times:
right i want a job for abritish airline. Now what jobs can i do part time in the evenings and weekends that require no qualifications? Oh well, i guess thats out of the question for another 4 years then. If i work for an airline in the computing department do i get free flights too?
EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13640 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2118 times:
You may be all rah-rah-rah about WN, and that's great, but not everyone has to drink your Kool-Aid. ALL airline employees get free and/or reduced rate travel privileges; WN didn't invent this benefit.
Am I the only one who has noticed that WN employees always sound like they're either trying to get you to sell Amway or they're religious missionaries trying to convert people when it comes to talking about their company?
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2104 times:
EA CO AS - Odd you should mention that, Several years ago I was watching the planes out at MCI. An older guy was out there with his grandkid doing the same thing. He was wearing a SWA "Born to Ship" t-shirt. I asked him if he worked for SWA. He did, and he was very positive about his company. He used to work for Braniff 1. When they folded, he went to Southwest. So he had something to compare. He said the differences between the two companies was like night and day. No, SWA didn't invent travel privledges, but they happen to have a workforce that for the most part, ENJOYS their work and RESPECTS their employer, due in large part to the fact that their employer RESPECTS them. I was so impressed with the guy that I wrote Herb Kelleher. I got a response from Mr. Kelleher, along with a copy of the letter Herb sent to the gentleman. How often do rampers get a personal letter from the CEO at most other airlines? Maybe that's why their "Kool Aid" tastes so good.
UALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined May 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2044 times:
>>I had the pleasure of free and nearly-free travel for many, many years, and a brief taste of it again when UA had the companions passes. I hope they'll reinstate them one day...<<
UA has already reinstated the companion pass program thru February. At that time they'll "evaluate" the program's "feasibility" to continue. If they don't have any problems of "abuse" with them (as they so claimed), they will continue them through the year.
OH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2030 times:
SJCguy: When you said SW, did you mean Southwest (WN) or SkyWest (OO)
You're quite wrong when you said that Southwest is the only hiring... in fact we at SkyWest in San Francisco are hiring right now for PT Ops Agents, and I believe PT/FT CSA's and Ramp Agents as well (not sure though). Doesn't hurt when you're expanding into the main terminal... usually you need more people
And those United Write-Your-Own's that UAX employees get (yes, 8C priority with day-of-departure seniority which bites big ones... but we turn around and smack United just as bad) are lovely... First Class to JFK was a delight. And also unlimited online travel (UAX & DLC SkyWest systems), plus those lovely things called station agreements... I couldn't work for anybody else... plus I love my co-workers, I couldn't bear to leave my friends.
But yes, go apply at an airline... if you love aviation it's the way to go
Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
Nonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2011 times:
It sure is nice, isn't it? I think that the travel benefits are the greatest benefit of working for an airline. True, it involves a great deal of flexibility. However, there is no way that any other job would pay me enough money to take at least one trip a month.
Looking forward to the next trip--tapas in Madrid!
Av8trxx From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 657 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1992 times:
While a few other airlines may be doing some hiring, SWA is the only major US carrier that is consistently picking up people in all departments- even after 9-11. While the newhire pay may be average at best at WN, the benefits are stellar!
All employees get UNLIMITED, SERVICE FREE pass priviledges from day one. So do all their dependants (spouse, parents, kids). In addition employess also get 2 RT FREE space available passes to give to anyone with every three months of perfect attendance (or 8 per year) and if unmarried, they can designate a "companion" who gets 4 RT free passes per year. In almost every station, the local personnel in each city have 'over the counter pass agreements', which basically allows ticketing for FREE on many other carriers in that station in exchange for free tickets on WN. (In SAN WN gets passes on CO, HP, US, AE, OO, HA, & F9 and AS & NW are $25 OW)
For those employees who are not crewmembers and work 5 days a week, (rampers, CSAs ect) they give one "free day" per month. This is basically a floating monthly holiday, bid by seniority, above ones yearly vacation that's given by the company. It's a freebie that's an incentive not to call in sick. Everyone always gets their one 'free day' off work per month (and it can usually be aligned with scheduled days off). This amounts to 10 extra vacation days per year courtesy of the company above your alotment! A new hire who workd at least 40 hours will get a paid day off their first month with the compnay! (After 1 yr of service, you get two weeks paid vacation. After 5 yrs you get 3 weeks.) In Nov & Dec everyone gets Thanksgiving & Christmas off then they let people bid to work. They only junior people into it if they don't get enough volunteers. These are the only two holidays SWA observes or gives holiday pay for.
In addition basic medical & dental coverage for the employee is all FREE, paid for by the company. There is also a 401K match and an ESPP program that lets you buy WN stock for a 10% discount. There is also a profit sharing program. (I have been given over $40,000 US in stock by the company since I have started. That ain't bad for free!)
Other airlines may fly to more 'exotic' destinations, or have bigger jets but it's hard to beat the benefits at SWA! When I got hired at AMR I had to wait for 6 months for any passes or medical coverage! Then when I got laid off, they took our I.D.s away ASAP while others got benefits for 60 days after furlough.
If ya ask me, every employee has a reason to rave about the generosity of this company- even if they don't drink the "Kool-Aid" or wear the free T-shirts.
Acidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1976 times:
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Mesaba at MSP is hiring for ramp and counter right now. Pretty good flight benefits (free on Mesaba, $20 on NW domestic, and those start the day you are hired, plus lots of other interline benefits that you pick up over time), flexible hrs, good shift trade policy (if someone will take your shifts, you have the day off, you can travel anywhere you want). Fun group of people. And if you love planes, there is no better place on earth to be than right there on the tarmac with them!
FutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1937 times:
As far as flying for free. I work for ACA..dba United Express. The flight benefits we get are free unlimited passes worldwide on UAL and a slight charge for International First Class. We are also a Delta Connection airline and pay 30USD each way domestic and ID95 for International trips. So it pays to work for an airline in the long run the only downside is it is Standby.
HSVXJ From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 229 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1905 times:
A poor coworker of ours had the misfortune of being chosen to work a week TDY on the ramp up there in MSP. Apparently, its hard to keep people up there in the winter time. He hated it. I hope I never have to do it.
But, yeah, Mesaba does give really good flight benefits. I love the self writes, the free flights on 9E, the Northwest 20 dollars, and our inter-airport agreements (I fly Delta 2X more than Northwest these days...)
I hear mixed reviews about WN, but I've neither worked for them nor have flown them. (More good than bad about working for them, more bad than good about flying on them) so I don't have an opinion. But, if I were to move to a WN city, I would surely consider applying there first.