LGW
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Somebody Please Explain Standby Tickets To Me!

Mon Sep 30, 2002 5:25 am

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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RE: Somebody Please Explain Standby Tickets To Me!

Mon Sep 30, 2002 6:45 am

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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RE: Somebody Please Explain Standby Tickets To Me!

Mon Sep 30, 2002 6:55 am

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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RE: Somebody Please Explain Standby Tickets To Me!

Mon Sep 30, 2002 7:01 am

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
 
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RE: Somebody Please Explain Standby Tickets To Me!

Mon Sep 30, 2002 7:06 am

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.

 
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RE: Somebody Please Explain Standby Tickets To Me!

Mon Sep 30, 2002 7:11 am

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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RE: Somebody Please Explain Standby Tickets To Me!

Tue Oct 01, 2002 8:00 am

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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RE: Somebody Please Explain Standby Tickets To Me!

Tue Oct 01, 2002 10:21 am

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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RE: Somebody Please Explain Standby Tickets To Me!

Tue Oct 01, 2002 10:24 am

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