ETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2009 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7548 times:
Not really a benefit when you're sublaod and get stranded!
I know of one person who walked out of a Northwest interview when told the salary. The interviewer tried to reassure the applicant (if she had accepted the position, it would have meant a significant salary cut) that she was also entitled to $10,000 worth of free air travel, which was met with a "so what" response.
I can only speak from international carrier experience, and let me tell you, some are a lot more generous than others!
Boeing764 From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 297 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7442 times:
At Air Canada we get unlimited stand-by travel. We are charged a service charge that comes off our pay check. The service charges are about $25 for a domestic round trip and $60 International. Sounds good untill you add the 7% GST, $24 Security Tax and the Airport Improvement Fees.
TT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 9 Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7306 times:
The one in particular was my former employer: M_ _ _ _ _ T E _ _ _ _ _ S. Before being entitled to buddy passes/write-your-owns, you signed. And the rules state very clearly--no discussion of benefits. My employer, which has me on furlough doesn't go to such lengths. However...
On this board there are children of employees who disclose numerous operational workings of how they listed and what they did to get a first class seat on a joy ride across the country.
One child in particular gave flight numbers and disclosed a blatant violation of the operations while visiting mommy who was a flight attendant.
Just passing on a cautionary note....Airline HRs aren't really busy and they read this board every now and again.
Lasbagman From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 366 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7300 times:
I Very rarely use my flight bennies, having a house payment, 2 cars, a kid in private school , We really dont travel.
I use my bennies LAS to LAX but as far as a long trip, i really dont want to get stranded anywhere and have to incur more expenses i don't need.
Now When I was single , I went EVERYWHERE as I only had myself to worry about.
The flight bennies are good, but you cant live on a plane.
UAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2130 posts, RR: 11 Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7277 times:
..."You can't live on a plane.." LOL...I beg to differ I fly to get fed on my days off. I find a flight that has F or C open with a meal, and I go. I usually ride the same plane right back and get fed again
UALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7255 times:
Free unlimited travel, on UA. Except International F class, where a service fee is charged. This extends to Employee, Spouse, Parents of employee, Children under 22 of employee, Domestic Partner of employee ( not that there's anthing wrong with that). 24 buddy-passes are given each year, and these there is a charge for.
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6242 posts, RR: 51 Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 7222 times:
* Free unlimited standby travel on Vanguard for myself, my parents, and a travel partner of my choosing.
* Buddy passes and vacation passes issued several times a year.
* Corporate agreements allow for highly discounted travel(just pay the taxes in most cases) on airlines such as Delta, Frontier, ATA, Midwest Express, Jet Blue, Air Tran, America West, National, Southwest, and some others.
Here in MSY, we have station agreements with:
Air Tran, Taca, Midwest Express, Frontier, Jet Blue, Northwest, Southwest, America West, US Airways, US Airways Express. We can fly on those airlines for free.
NWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 13 Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 7218 times:
I've heard of the same thing with another Midwestern-based U.S. airline, N-------T. Talking about flight benefits, especially while at an airport or in an airplane, is definitely taboo. Although I don't believe you have to sign a waiver, it is your responsibility to not brag about all the free trips or other benefits (I'm staying silent on this one) that airline employees receive.
NW-Elite, if that's true about CO employees being allowed to upgrade before elites, that's simply outrageous.
Docpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1938 posts, RR: 3 Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 7196 times:
When my mum used to work in Singapore Airlines, there were a set of ten rules posted at the staff travel counter. I know rule no.1 was "Your travel is a privilege and not a right" Other rules inculde not disclosing to other passengers that you're a staff member because it'll make them feel bad that they'd paid obscene amounts of money to take First Class while you just walked in with your family of five free of charge. Also, you'd have to dress well (shirt and pants, at the very least) or risk being thrown to Y class.
On a CHC-SIN flight in 1998 on a SIA 747-400, there wer 16 seats on First Class. 15 were staff and their families(kids ranged from 8 to 13 years old, with me being 17 then I think), and there was only 1 paying passenger. Even though the kids were well behaved and all that, it did look strange that there were so many kids in First Class!
Staff whose children are below seven are also not entitled to First or J class.
Nonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1289 posts, RR: 1 Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7171 times:
You can't live on a plane.." LOL...I beg to differ I fly to get fed on my days off. I find a flight that has F or C open with a meal, and I go. I usually ride the same plane right back and get fed again
This works even better if you can get on a flight with a good movie. If you are really looking for a cheap day trip on your day off, I would suggest DCA.
You can catch a morning flight there and get fed if you are put in first class. Then, you can ride the Metro right out of the airport for $2.20 roundtrip and see most of the sights for free (your tax dollars already paid for the Smithsonian admission). Afterwards, maybe you can catch the dinner flight home. If you play it just right, this trip could be cheaper than going to a movie in your own home town. This is where the flight benefits really come in handy.