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Somebody Please Explain Standby Tickets To Me!  
User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2592 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

LGW

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User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2564 times:
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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, 8114 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2558 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 (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2551 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 (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2550 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: 32
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2541 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, 3238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2467 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).

Trintocan.



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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2443 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, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

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


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