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Airline Employees: Type Of Flight Benefits You Get  
User currently offlineSJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 14701 times:

What kind of benefits does your airline give for travel? Southwest has free unlimited flights. Let's here em!

SJCguy

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User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 14561 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!


User currently offlineTT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 14557 times:

Most airlines require employees to sign disclaimers--e.g. stating discussion of benefits to be taboo subjects of conversation.

But if you read trip reports from ILUV767 and others, its pretty easy to figure out.


User currently offlineSEA nw DC10 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 491 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 14539 times:

TT737FO...never heard of that. Keeping it taboo while flying that you are flying for free yes, but signing a disclaimer...don't think so.

NWA we fly free unlimited.

SEAnwDC10


User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2540 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 14500 times:

DL is unlimited North America, and 18 overseas flight days. Standby priority is by DOE.

User currently offlineBoeing764 From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 14455 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.

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User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6464 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 14443 times:

TT737FO,
I do not know of any carrier that requires a non-disclosure signing. Which carriers are you referring to?


User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 14386 times:

AT united we have the world at our finger tips.

we get free travel, we deserve it with all the whiny people you deal with in a day.

that is what keeps you comin back day in and day out, never heard of the disclaimer you have to sign.





ual 777 contrail


User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5480 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14339 times:

Just out of curiosity, when on duty(Pilots&FA's) do you all have to pay the airport improvement fees, or is it taken care of by your airline?

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User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2146 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14335 times:

In my 2.5 yrs with UA, I've been on more than 170 flights. Why not take advantage of the bennies? Laugh out loud

User currently offlineTT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14319 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.


User currently offlineLasbagman From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 367 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14313 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.


User currently offlineNW-ELITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14295 times:

Continental employees have free upgrades before elites do!

User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2146 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14290 times:

..."You can't live on a plane.." LOL...I beg to differ Big grin 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 Laugh out loud

User currently offlineTT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 14276 times:

that's why we're called "Meal moochers"

User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 14268 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.

User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6552 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 14235 times:

With Vanguard:

* 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.

God I love the airline industry!!!  Smile





User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 14231 times:

TT737FO-
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.


NWA Man



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User currently offlinePrinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 14226 times:

Continental employees do not get upgraded before elites.


HP employees get free unlimited systemwide passes plus...
10 Buddy - flexi passes every quarter.
$25.00 o.w. passes with Continental, Southwest and coming soon JetBlue.

The standard ID90/ID75/Zfares for all other carriers.



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User currently offlineNW-ELITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 14224 times:

Prinair and NWA Man: I know CO employees can't get upgraded before elites but it happened to me twice.

User currently offlineFly_emirates From United Arab Emirates, joined Oct 2000, 1046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 14217 times:

on Emirates, you get 95% discount on your whole tickets when traveling, you in addition to your family and relatives. but the irritating part is that you have to be on stand by  Sad

User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 14210 times:

Whether or not your airline requires you to sign a non-disclosure, to broadcast to the world what benefits you get lacks class.



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User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1970 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 14209 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.




User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 14184 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.


User currently offlineLutfi From China, joined Sep 2000, 771 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 14166 times:

US airlines are much more generous than the rest of the world.

My airline - ID90
Only one trip in F a year allowed on ID
Unlimited in J and Y
One free EY trip a year (but firm)

Children under 16 not allowed in F or J class on ID travel.



25 FLY777UAL : TT737FO...now who would you be referring to in your post about flying, "with mommy"? F L Y 7 7 7 U A L
26 KLM-MD11 : Dear Ual777contrail, I quote your remark: 'we get free travel, we deserve it with all the whiny people you deal with in a day.' My remark: you don't "
27 Awspicious : Wow..... KLM-MD11; For a new member you sure don't pull any punches! Good observation, though. I know of so many people who work for various companies
28 KLM-MD11 : Thanks, Awspicious, I thought I was alone there... Some just seem to forget that PAYING customers such as myself actualy provide their paychecks, and
29 AMSMAN : Well said KLM-MD11 - Your not alone here! He wont be doing much wyning when he hasnt got a job!!!
30 Post contains images Britair : Woah, KLM-MD11, that seemed a bit harsh! Sure we are very fortunate to work in the airline game, but it isnt always the dream job it's made out to be.
31 UALfa@jfk : The flight bennies and hotel/rent-a-car discounts are nice, however, keep in mind that, at least concerning flight attendants, most of us value the am
32 The Coachman : QF has 10% of full fare for standbys, 50% for confirmed. First Class is limited, there is an extra charge. Business - employee must be of a certain ra
33 Swissgabe : Only SQ has been metioned out of the Asian Airlines. With MH you got one Firm Free Ticket with 5 possible Segments (ie. LAX-KUL-EZE-CPT-KUL-LAX). This
34 Kaitakfan : KLM-MD11, I respect your point of view regarding how airline employee's should be greatful for what they have. However, that doesnt mean that the job
35 Post contains images UALPHLCS : I have to agree w/ you UALfa@jfk. I love to fly, I love to be near the airplanes. But unless I'm going someplace of a little vacation, I don't want to
36 Srbmod : The Delta flight benefits as apply to employees of Delta Express, ASA, and Comair. AirTran's flight benefits are unlimited travel for employee, parent
37 ILS.25L : To what concerns buddy passes : can they be bought from airline staff by people who love to travel and who are not working in the airline industry or
38 FutureFO : With ACA we get unlimited free travel on UA/UAX, only pay for UA F international. We also get US$30 o/w, US$60 r/t on DL. 24 companion passes a year f
39 UALPHLCS : Selling your buddy passes are a quick way to lose your job. But nothing stops you from collecting the money the airline takes from your paycheck.
40 Miami1 : Hi. At Qantas we get unlimited domestic and International travel. At about a 90% off rate. Classified as QEA for employess and thier nominated travel
41 Post contains images JC5280 : UALPHLCS and ual777contrail.... I know, I cant stand being around those whiny people all day either. It just drives me crazy! All we hear about all da
42 Ogseminole : UALfa@JFK Could not agree more with your post. Too much stress to non-rev for vacation especially when travelling with others. Much easier to buy a ch
43 Planelover : I just had an interview with ASA. The station manager said I would have unlimited free flights any where that Delta and ASA fly. Is this as "free" and
44 Post contains images Ual777contrail : KLM-MD11 you are the reason i do fly for free, i would be willing to bet that you are one of the guys who whines whenever you get a middle seat or the
45 Post contains images SAS23 :
46 2cn : Planelover-yes, it is. You get unlimited domestic travel days, 6 priority domestic travel days, 18 free transoceanic allotment passes (i.e., internati
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