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Why Don't US Airlines Have Standby Fares?  
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3616 times:

Why don't US airlines have standby fares?

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User currently offlineHoffa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3576 times:

Just use Priceline.com or Hotwire.com....its practically the same thing.

User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3567 times:

Because most airlines these days have flights on the same route so frequently, noone would buy a ticket if they made standby fares available!


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User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1446 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3555 times:

Up until the early 1980's, several US airlines used to sell, in advance for a fixed sum, an entitlement to unlimited travel stand by to non US residents. Usually they quoted a somewhat lower price if you crossed the Atlantic with them.

You then stood by at the airport , until Mr Whoosit failed to show up, and then on you got. On my last run of this type with Delta I only failed to get on the flight once.

Continental even allowed you to call up for reservations in advance a day or so before on their Airpass, so you had a seat. That died when Frank Lorenzo took over. A student friend of mine, running short of money at the end of a holiday, told me he flew just for the free inflight food.

A golden age of air travel, at least for the passenger


User currently offlineSilverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3542 times:

In 1974 i used a vist usa pass, that was allowed on many regional companies
went acroos and up and down the states on Allegheny, Frontier, Mohawk, Southern,Piedmont,North Central,only regret was i didnt make it to Alaska!!


User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3539 times:

AirTran still offers them to 18-22y.o. They're called X-fares, and for $52 per segment, you can fly standby. http://www.airtran.com/specials/xfares/index.jsp

User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3534 times:

Well times have changed, now airlines have sophisticated technology being able to predict passengers buying patterns in the processed call yield management. The idea is that they are trying to sell every seat at the highest possible price.

In the 1970s American Airilnes were trying to work out a way to eliminate charter airlines, who were selling fares at dirt cheap prices why American had half of there plane going empty.

Traditionally vacationers plan their holidays weeks or months in advance and are usually were travelling for more than a week in contrast to business people who usually had to fly last minute and were generally shorter trips.

So while a vacationer fare will have more conditions Saturday night stay, advance purchase etc, the business traveller will pay a higher price with less conditions.

So this is why there are so few stand by fares now available, as airlines are trying to every seat on the plane for the highest possible price.

With yield management an airline can determine how many of each fare is selling based on past history, if a fare class is slow at selling they may release a few cheaper seats to fill up the plane but just leaving enough seats available for those last minute travellers.

Don't despair this is where the internet comes in handy, carefully watch each of the airlines web sites and they will usually advertise fares for places that are not selling so fast. The internet distribution costs are low so you are not having to pay a third party commision.
Another option is to try http://www.priceline.com where you bid the price you want to pay and hope you get an offer.



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