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Standby At Christmas

Fri Nov 07, 2003 12:02 pm

This question is for the more seasoned traveller, especially those who have a lot of experience flying standby.

I'm planning my first non-rev flight overseas to Paris on Northwest, to leave on Dec. 19. However I know it will be very busy flying that time of year and I'm just wondering if anyone has any advice about flying standby so close to christmas. Is it even a good Idea? or should i maybe try somwhere different, maybe a little closer to home, and go to Paris some other time?

Any advice would be much appreciated

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RE: Standby At Christmas

Fri Nov 07, 2003 12:14 pm

It's completely the luck of the day . . . standby on an actual holiday, schedules permitting, is almost guaranteed.

Try, and be prepared to try, try again. The motto is to be flexible.

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RE: Standby At Christmas

Fri Nov 07, 2003 12:36 pm

During that time of the year its hard to fly standby, just pray for bad weather so you get alot of misconnects LOL

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RE: Standby At Christmas

Fri Nov 07, 2003 12:46 pm

If you must fly at that time, fly on Christmas day. Ive never had a problem
with a nov rev seat travelling on that day. Most people are already where they want to be by then...If you try from the 19th, take a good book and
be prepared for disappointment, anything above that will be a plus.
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RE: Standby At Christmas

Fri Nov 07, 2003 12:50 pm

does anyone know how many scheduled flights Northwest has to Paris each day?

How about Amsterdam?
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RE: Standby At Christmas

Fri Nov 07, 2003 9:33 pm

NW have one daily flight direct DTW-CDG (NW050)

To be honest, travelling standby at peak periods is a real lottery - rule of thumb though, try for routes with at least two direct flights per day, especially longhaul. And take tickets for backup routings via somewhere else.
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RE: Standby At Christmas

Fri Nov 07, 2003 9:37 pm

I agree with VS340, try Amsterdam !!!
There are 3 daily flights from DTW to AMS, most of them being A330s  Big thumbs up

...and...Christmas in Amsterdam can be fun too !!!  Smile

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