jmets18
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Delta Airlines No More Standby....$25 FEE

Wed Sep 03, 2003 1:26 am

Ok, this is ridiculous. I understand that in order to offset costs for security and everything else, airlines have to take drastic steps; but to charge a $25 fee in order to fly standby is a little out there. I mean come on, it's not like anyone was sitting in that seat. I flew standby on United earlier this year, so I know they don't participate in this rule. And to top it off, the flight I flew on I had booked about two months prior heading out to las vegas, and I, like most of us enjoy window seats; well I did not get a window seat. There should of been a window there, but there wasn't. I'm assuming it's where the forward section is mated with the main section. To add a little icing onto the cake, we had an aborted take off yesterday...but I'll leave that for another topic.
 
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RE: Delta Airlines No More Standby....$25 FEE

Wed Sep 03, 2003 1:31 am

Airlines are just trying to make money anywhere and everywhere they can. Fees it is the next step to profit for the airlines. They could always charge you to change your ticket and that amount I am sure would be more. I agree if the seat is empty why not let someone take it, you might need the seat they are vacating for another pax down the line.
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RE: Delta Airlines No More Standby....$25 FEE

Wed Sep 03, 2003 1:57 am

It is their $25 standby fee for an earlier flight. What you didn't mention is that it is a confirmed seat on the earlier flight. No guessing wheither you get on or not. Many airlines do do the no fee same day stand-by but if the flights are full good luck getting on that earlier. In my opinion i'll pay the $25 and for sure get on that earlier flight. I did it earlier this year on DL out of DEN. The price for the ticket on the earlier flight was $100 more expensive then if I bought a ticket for later in the day and then paid the $25 and got on that earlier flight. I saved $75. A good move if you asked me.
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ual777contrail
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RE: Delta Airlines No More Standby....$25 FEE

Wed Sep 03, 2003 2:03 am

It isn't always a good move,if flights aren't full and you know that you will get on who cares if it is confirmed or standby. It is a joke, on slow days you get charged for a seat you would have gladly waited for. Being confirmed isn't always the best, it doesn't guarantee you a window or aisle seat.


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RE: Delta Airlines No More Standby....$25 FEE

Wed Sep 03, 2003 2:46 am

Yea... it's $25 for a confirmed seat on the earlier flight... geez... there is no pleasing some people. Everyday I have at least 5 passengers that would much prefer to do that than standby.

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nickofatlanta
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RE: Delta Airlines No More Standby....$25 FEE

Wed Sep 03, 2003 10:37 am

Yes, it's easy to criticise DL in a lot of ways: changes to SkyMiles, ever increasing DL Connection taking over mainline DL. However, they have done something right here. This is far better than the old system. You are paying $25 for a CONFIRMED seat. You now know when you're leaving and when you're arriving as opposed to being left guessing until the last moment when you do or do not get on your preferred flight. This also makes life a lot easier for thos on connecting itineraries. For example, if you're flying from MIA to JFK, you would be able to have you itinerary confirmed for all flights. If you're stand-bying, you could easily reach ATL or CVG or wherever and not get on the second flight. This system is also far better for Medallions who want to upgrade. In the past, you could only put your name on the upgrade list when your coach seat cleared. You were often too late for the upgrade. Being confirmed three hours late greatly increases your chances.
 
JBLUA320
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RE: Delta Airlines No More Standby....$25 FEE

Wed Sep 03, 2003 10:39 am

Continental has always been very easy to deal with reagarding stand-by on earlier flights.... we've never had a problem going on earlier flights.

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nickofatlanta
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RE: Delta Airlines No More Standby....$25 FEE

Wed Sep 03, 2003 10:41 am

FAQs on DL's new system:
http://www.delta.com/travel/reservations/travel_Info/fares/25_confirm/index.jsp
 
B4REAL
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RE: Delta Airlines No More Standby....$25 FEE

Wed Sep 03, 2003 10:43 am

I like the standby policy, I am Gold, so I like the fee waived. But when I travel with a companion or with family, I find the fee reasonable.

I used it just this past weekend with a companion, and it makes travelling a lot simpler and more predictable.

$25 is a reasonable expense for the change, and believe it or not, that could be CHEAPER than what it may have costed to originally ticket you on that segment that you are standing by for!

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ual777contrail
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RE: Delta Airlines No More Standby....$25 FEE

Fri Sep 05, 2003 2:29 pm

b4real,
are you saying you like paying $25.00 dollars to switch flights?
If it is same day fly UAL, you wont get charged.

we would gladly move people to avoid dealing with passengers in weather delays and other delays that the airline cant control. I am not saying DL is a BAD airline, far from that, but it is funny to read people happy or tolerate a $25.00 charge to change tkts, but paying $25.00 for an over weight bag gets people yelling.

b4real, I am not slammin you for accepting or wanting to pay $25.00 just wondering how anybody can pay it and know other carriers wont charge them if their meetings end early.

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nickofatlanta
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RE: Delta Airlines No More Standby....$25 FEE

Fri Sep 05, 2003 3:13 pm

UAL777Contrail -

I was not aware that UA offered confirmed changes on day of travel for free as a matter of policy. I knew that they offered this as an unpublished perk to 1Ks. However, for the rest of us, I thought it was a choice between:

- going stand-by (ie not being confirmed until the last minute)
or
- having a confirmed flight by paying the $100 change fee plus any difference in fare.

Delta will give you a CONFIRMED flight within 3 hours of your flight. DL's policy is better for those connecting as they know that they have confirmed seats on their connecting flights too. I think $25 is a small price to pay for this.
 
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RE: Delta Airlines No More Standby....$25 FEE

Fri Sep 05, 2003 3:46 pm

The $25 fee has been around since the beginning of the year...

What's next, a thread announcing "No more DL L1011 service!!!"  Smile
 
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RE: Delta Airlines No More Standby....$25 FEE

Fri Sep 05, 2003 4:23 pm

Standing by is a peculiarly American pastime, generally airlines in Europe simply don't do it. No wonder US carriers are in such a financial mess - passengers want flexibility without paying for a flexible ticket, and standing by allows them to have it! Good on Delta, I say.