CcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3090 times:
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.
"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
Dreamexpress From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 255 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3077 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
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3076 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.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3278 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2993 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).
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2969 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.
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!