I dont know about AF
being the worst, to me, we're pretty great in our treatment of all airline employees. The only thing is that AF
does not usually upgrade employees, especially if the flight is empty. I know they usually rather upgrade a paying passenger from Y to J and put the airline employee in Y. I know for sure, they will not send an plane out with empty seats when they're are employees still on standby. In my 3 years at AF
, I only saw this happening once and that was because there was not enough meals to cover the employees that were on standby, but they all made another AF
flight later that day.
I don't really have any bad standby stories, I once missed a JM
flight from JFK
because they changed from an A310 to an A321 and they went from having open seats to being overbooked, but I managed to get the next flight a few hours later.
To me, DL
can be pretty crazy, because they always seem to have about 15 employees travelling non rev on every flight, and they always get a higher priority than non DL
employees like myself, so if the flight is tight, you better be prepared for a long wait.
To the other member who wrote about BW
, a good friend of mine who works with NW
once took BW
non-rev from GEO-JFK
. He was checked thru with seat and all, but the plane made a stop in POS
and he was offloaded after the flight got overbooked in Trinidad.
As far as dates to travel, well I think you ought to be pretty crazy to travel non rev during the summer and somewhat insane to attempt it during the Christmas holidays. Thursday-Saturday is also kinda iffy throughout the year. The worst is when you see airline employees with their children, some under 5 travelling non rev during the peak season, I think thats pretty crazy.
Up until September 11th, I used to travel with cabin bags, but now that my trimming scissors are no-go in the cabin, I have to check it in, which I hate doing, however, knock on wood, never once lost my bag, in fact, in a few cases, it actually got there before I did!!