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Somebody Please Explain Standby Tickets To Me!  
User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 8 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3862 times:

Hi all,

Can some kind sole please explain about standby tickets?

For example I have found a good deal LHR-JFK now, say for example I wanted to get as an example to LAX.

If I wanted to go standby how would it work?

How does the payment structure work on standby tickets?

I think you only fly when a seat is available but any other info much appreciated


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User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2336 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3834 times:
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I've done it before.

When you are flying on standby your name is on the flight and if there is a empty seat for no one then you'll have that seat. You have to work for a airline or know someone who does to get them. Some airlines put some passengers standby for certain reasons. You only have to pay the tax but sometimes you have to pay half of the price or just none if you work for them.

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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8657 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3828 times:

I thought it was a non-rev thing only. They used to do stand-by tickets for the public but it was deemed many years prior to 9/11 a security threat to give loads of people an excuse to hang around.

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User currently offlineDreamexpress From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 255 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3821 times:

I went standby on BA to Spain. OK getting out there spent 3 days getting back. Not worth it.
Got to Santiago fine. getting back: 2 days in Santiago airport. A coach to Madrid. A flight to Manchester then a flight to LGW..... Horible. I will never go standby again

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3820 times:

Quite a few airlines offer last-minute fares, which equates to a better deal than the normally cheapest fare, though not quite as good as standby.

For example, if you wanted to fly LHR-VIE, you might check Austrian Airlines' website--they offer short notice fares for about 99 pounds return; a few other airlines offer the same, as do charter flight-only.

User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

Just got back on a Stand-by seat from LHR to ZRH on the Sunday evening flight, was very lucky to get the last seat ...

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User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3737 times:

Stand-by commonly occurs on flights between Trinidad and Tobago (POS-TAB) although the airfare is the same (TT$300 or about £33). In this situation passengers who buy tickets at the airport prior to a flight closing (ie 30 min. before departure) are placed on the stand-by list. If seats become available they are placed on the flight. Usually at off-peak periods there is no problem but at holiday times that could mean long waits at either airport. Some airlines also book pax as stand-by on flights from overseas (or used to do so - I cannot say about now).


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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3713 times:

When you fly standby you are essentially banking on a flight having at least one empty seat (for you). Standbys usually happen when you want to be on an earlier or later flight than what you are scheduled. If there are no seats for that particualr flight then you are then put on the stanby list for the next avilable flight to your destination.

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User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3711 times:

Is there a good discount for standby? If so how much exactly does the discount vary? Thanks in advance!

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