pilotntrng
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Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 12:47 pm

I'd like to see what the worst that can happen for a non-rev out there. For me, it's been fairly pleasant with DL and US, but of coarse I have been bumped and waited for hours to get on another flight to get home. Nothing too dramatic, at least not yet. lol
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sprxflySWA
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 12:56 pm

Well, this didn't happen to me, but my wife and two kids.
Coming home from San Antonio to Boise,I came home a day before,the last thing I told her was "don't come back through Las Vegas." So,what did she do,leave SAT @ 11:00am (did not want her ride to have to get up too early.)and head right for LAS. We were talking back and forth,and as I was at work, I was telling her which flights to perhaps take. In the end, I told her to stay in LAS and after I got off at 2:30pm, I'd jump on 6:00p flight to RNO xfer to LAS,arr at 10:20p.
But flight to RNO arr early, so I caught earlier flight and startled her at LAS in smoking lounge. We all stayed overnight and flew back next am at 9. So,all in all, it turned out AOK.Nice little vacation.
 
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:01 pm

Well if you read what I was talking about StartValve you'd notice I wasn't bitchin, but rather was wanting to see some horror stories. You are right though when you fly for free complaining is wrong. Just get the story straight.
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:02 pm

The way I look at it is that unless someone in the crew attacks you with the crash axe, you have no room at all to complain.

It is, after all, freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!
 
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:03 pm

My worst non-rev experiences were traveling positive space... with a confirmed seat, same rights as a full fare ticket.
 
MontanaFL
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:04 pm

Not sure if this would apply but here goes. Got off work at 7 am and caught a 7:40 am to CVG to connect to PHL. The connecting flight, which had plenty of seats, cancelled due to MX problems. All pax were rolled over to the next PHL flight which was overbooked already. Knowing I would not make that flight, I hopped a flight to ATL 2 hours later and then up to PHL. Arriving in PHL only 8 hours later than I originally had planned. I then had to drive 3 hours to north PA at night and a light snow(not fun for a Florida boy). By the time I had arrived at my final destination I had been up roughly 36 hours.

In all my non-rev travel, I have been very fortunate and that is about the worst I can mention. I know this my not be what your asking for, but it does show what a free seat can cost in the long run.
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:04 pm

Non-Revving is all about timing and preparation. LAS is very tough to get into. I don't know about WN, but when I was at DL and now at US it's very tough tp get in there. Well whenever you can extend your stay and have fun with it, you make out pretty well lol .
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pilotntrng
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:07 pm

Well you are right bitching and complaining is not allowed...I didn't want to hear it, I just wanted to see and read some stories from fellow airlines out there.
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:13 pm

The way I look at it is that unless someone in the crew attacks you with the crash axe, you have no room at all to complain.

Gee, must be easy to please you.

I've nonrevved well over a million miles over the last 25+ years, and I'll never complain when I get shafted in favor of a revenue pax. But as you well know, all nonrevs are not created equal, and the day that some ineligible person gets priority over me for boarding, upgrade or whatever - I will complain to make sure that the person granting the favor understands that rules are there for a reason.
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MontanaFL
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:20 pm

I am just happy to get a seat. If it is a center seat between two screaming kids, then so be it. I wont like it, but I wont complain either. I will just smile and try to act like I am sleeping.
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:23 pm

How do you non rev? You just show up at the ticket counter and ask?
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:27 pm

Flymia...



non-rev means non-revanue. usually this status is for employees and their family/friends.
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:30 pm

My partner and I tried to non-rev DL after coming off a cruise where we encountered hurricane Lenny. Made the best of it, rented a Jeep, went to South Beach, got a hotel room, went out to dinner and partied a little, got up next day and decided to try something mid-morning-caught Comair to MCO and then was pleasantly surprised: Biz Class on the 777 back to ATL. I'm still picking up the peices..... Big grin
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:33 pm

This didn't happen to me, but to a non-rev on a flight I was working. She and her daughter were desiring thru passengers on a flight to DEN that had a stop-over in DFW. Well, when they arrived in DFW, I had to ask them to de-plane. The flight was overbooked and they did not get back on to continue. When I left at the end of the day they were still trying to get to DEN. Then, when I came to work the next day, I had the pleasure of putting them on the same flight they were pulled from, only 24 hours after I had taken them off. I really felt sorry for her and her daughter, but they never once complained.
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:48 pm

I've been non-revving any chance I got, and never really had any bad experiences. My last trip, however, was eventful - my 744 (N117UA) had a mechanical problem and had to return to the gate. I missed my 767-300 to go back to DEN, but I was able to get on a 757 that left at a later time. My routing was DEN-ORD-IAD-ORD-DEN all in one day, 2 744's, one 777 and one 767, which I missed, so I flew back on a 757. Got out at 9 am in the morning, was back at home at 12:30 at night. Cost - 0 dollars. Memories - priceless!

Also, for some reason, some UAL gate agents here in DEN have this attitude problems, while at ORD, SFO and IAD I always received EXCELLENT service.

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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 2:20 pm

There are some good ones posted on this thread including some of mine.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1266017/
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 2:40 pm

B747-437B:

Gee, must be easy to please you.

Oh, I keep an eye out for stuff like someone with lower seniority or priority being boarded ahead of me. I've done a lot of non-rev travel over 36 years -- for fifteen years, I commuted to base to fly trips.

However, I can entertain myself, pack goodies to eat, and I am generally pretty happy. I know that eventually I am going to get on an airplane going in some direction and will eventually zig-zag my way to where I am going. I check bookings and the weather and plan carefully.

To non-rev successfully you've got to be flexible and resourceful.  Smile
 
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 3:25 pm

Went to visit a friend in LAS, picked my typical late-night (1am) NW LAS-MSP run which had worked flawlessly for me several times in the past and almost always even got a seat in F. Last that I checked there were 20 seats open. Got there and was told that HP had a MX problem on their LAS-MSP flight so they dumped 20 pax onto NW to get them home. Before all this I had decided to quick take down a couple of beers for the ride home so I could perhaps get some sleep. Had to call back my friend to get a ride back to his place which was difficult. Went back to the airport at 6am to try and get a flight. No luck at 7am. No luck at noon. Got the last seat on the 2pm and that was only because a passenger checked in and didn't bother to get their seat. Was severely dehydrated, hungover and had a headache at this point. Couldn't really sleep on the plane and was stuck in the center seat on an A320. Sat next to really cute girl the whole way but I felt too crappy to have a conversation until the end of the flight, where we found out that she lives in the same neighborhood in New York as a friend of mine, but she had to connect to her LGA flight so that got cut short. I think that was the last time I ever went to LAS, the friend moved.

If you plan on trying to get out of LAS, get passes on multiple carriers, at least to points where there will be less trouble. Someone was telling me that it is often worthwhile to fly (or take a casino tour bus) to say, SLC, and connect through there as the availability is often better.

I think the truly worst non-rev trip I had was on 9/11/01. Tried to get MSP-BOS with a coworker of mine for the day (7am flight out, 7pm flight back). Everything was great (seats in F, riding on a 757, good breakfast, nice F/A's, clear nice day outside) until we made a sudden 180° turn in the sky and started to descend. Got stuck in DTW with the clothes on my back, some reading materials and materials for my contact lenses. I guess I shouldn't complain about that one; everyone had something bad happen that day and obviously a lot of people had much worse things happen than me.
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 3:51 pm

I know nonrevving is a priveledge for working for an airline but this was complete stupidity by the pilots on my flight from MDW to TOL on ATA Connection. I was flying back to TOL from Chicago on the day after Valentine's Day with my girlfriend after a wonderful night on the town. I talked to the crew the night before and told them that I was flying with them and asked if I could jumpseat back. Well, we boarded up and because they didn't feel like fueling up in Toledo the next morning they overfueled the airplane...flight was booked to 28 plus my gf and I which made 30 total and about 34 bags. This was before the new pax and bag weights were in effect so there wasn't any problem on our Saab 340B. Well, they informed me that we were overweight because they had forgot about my gf and I and that there were more bags than they anticipated. I ended up flying to FNT and having my parents come and pick me up at 3am. I was so embarassed in front of my gf and I let that captain know about it. Everyone I talked to thought I had a right to b**** about this because it was complete stupidity on the flight crew's part. I still to the day do not talk to that captain because I was so mad at him....

Ry
 
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 4:05 pm

My worst non-rev "trips" were with my dad who was the pilot of the flight. The first time my dad had a long lay over in NYC and there were plenty of seats both up and back. Everything was fine getting there but coming back was a different story. The flight back to IAH the night before was cancelled for some reason and everyone was rolled over to the morning flight. I was 10 years old at the time and my dad knew I wasn't going to make it on the flight. I ended up trying to get on the four flights back to IAH but everything they were full. Finally on the last flight of the day a gate agent was kind enough to "find" a seat and sent me on my way. For a 10 year old being left in EWR is an interesting experience, I kept thinking about Home Alone.
Five years later, similar situation but now in Boston. Again my dad was the pilot and had a long labor and was going to visit the grandparents. This was two weeks after 9-11 so the people in Boston were still a little antcy. We arrived about 11:30pm and I was waiting for my dad to shut everything down and then go get the rental car. Then a ground crew personal came up the stairs and just started yelling at me about I was suppose to be there and what was my name. The guy was ready to haul me off when the co-pilot finally convinced the man I was with them. On the return "attempt" my dad was taking out the last flight of the night but we realized that I probably wouldn't make it on the flight because a lot of people booked on the flight the night before. We got to Logan around 2pm and couldn't get on either of the last two flights back to IAH because they were over booked. This time I had to find a hotel. Luckily there was a family in the same situation as me so I followed them to a hotel and finally came home the next morning.
I travel non-rev all the time and that makes every trip an adventure.
 
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 6:38 pm

"The way I look at it is that unless someone in the crew attacks you with the crash axe, you have no room at all to complain."

If it's free you can't complain...but that gives nobody the right to be rude to you, especially a fellow employee (read story below).

I've non-reved about 50 times between 1998 and 2001 all on NW and CO and only suffered one bad experience.

PHX-DTW-DCA on NW summer of '99. This trip was made shortly after the dress code was relaxed to allow non-revs to wear shorts and t-shirts. There was no problems boarding in PHX (temperature of 110) wearing shorts, however when we arrived in DTW for the flight to DCA the agent rudely stated "I hope you were not planning on flying non-rev dressed like that today". At first I thought she was joking but she wasn't. I started to explain that this was leg 2 of our trip and we didn't change clothes on the plane..there was no problem in PHX she rudely interuppted "this is not PHX!". She then proceded to say you'll need to put on long pants to board any DTW-DCA flight today. I told her that is not possible because our luggage is checked. The response...She laughed and said I guess you'll have to take a cab to a mall a couple miles from here. I asked to see a supervisor and she gave me a death stare and said NO.

No problem. I went to the next gate over and kindly asked the agent if I was dressed in proper attire for non-rev and she said "yes, they relexed the rules a couple months ago. You're fine" THANK YOU. I then told her about my problem she told me it was the gate agents discrection!! I politely asked her if she could get a supervisor when she got a chance and she agreed. The sup promptly appeared and we went to the DCA gate. The agent then told her a complete lie saying I was rude and verbally abusive to her. Several fare paying pax overheard the original conversation and butted in on my side stating I was polite the whole time. The DCA agent loudly said "FINE! I'll print your boarding card!" When the sup left the agent told me "don't even think about non-reving again because your priveledges will be suspended". I told her I'm not worried and I know your name (wrote down off her badge dangling from her neck). As I was going down the jetway I noticed she gave me the last row middle seat on a half full A320.!!!

The funniest thing was I non-reved a couple months later via DTW and the same agent was working my flight (I wasn't wearing shorts this time). I know she remembered me because she never spoke a word to me.


 
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 10:22 pm

I surprised my dad by getting us tickets to an Atlanta Braves baseball gave for his birthday. Going to ATL was not a problem, (BGR-EWR-ATL) on CO. Coming back was a different story. The next day we were planning on trvlg ATL-EWR-BGR on CO/COEX. But due to the EA pilots strike and CO downgraded from 727 to 737-100, we were bumped, (off the first 4 flights), from ATL-EWR. The gate agent found an alternate routing for us, ATL-IAH-BOS-BGR. So we arrived into BGR about 12 hours later than we were expecting.
When you non-rev, you take the bad with the good. Things don't always go your way, so always have a back-up plan when non-revving.
 
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 10:26 pm

Hmm... how does one non-rev in the UK????
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sun Dec 21, 2003 12:59 am

The one thing I have learned, non-reving or not: I always go on line and check how full the flights are the day before I depart. 99% of the time, Im not dissapointed. SmileAnd I've learned one other thing: There are days it doesn't pay to non-rev.
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sun Dec 21, 2003 1:51 am

I can't believe people say that people that work for airlines should have to buy their tickets and not bitch! Hahaha! I mean comeon, the airlines are already screwing you over with your ridiculously low pay (see ramp agent, toilet bowl cleaner). I would be pissed if I did that, then had to pay $300 to fly on the damn airline!

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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sun Dec 21, 2003 4:08 am

BOS-ORD-BUF, uneventful.
Return: BUF-JFK (14 hours delayed due to blizzard), then JFK-PVD, circled for an hour and diverted to ALB because of ice on runway. 9 hours waiting at ALB for flight to PVD.
 
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sun Dec 21, 2003 4:44 am

I dont have time to go into alot of detail, but my mom gave one of my brothers friends a buddy pass on delta to mumbai india. He got there okay, but getting out was a nightmare on deltas only flight from BOM. Basically he went to the airport everyday for 8 days straight and didnt get on the flight on any of those nights. So, he just bought a one way ticket from Bom-Ric that ended up costing him a fortune, and he also lost his summer job to top it off.
 
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sun Dec 21, 2003 4:51 am

LAX-HNL '79 tried for 3 days to get to HNL with CO/PA/UA tickets (welcome to deregulation!)- ended up on QF's flight.

DAR-ZNZ '90 took 2 days to find the right person to bribe at TC's office.

BNE-SYD '96 didn't get on a QF 743- boarded a QF 74L next day, but had to stay overnight at a gross BNE airport area motel.

HNL-SYD '98 2 unexpected extra days in HNL until QF cleared 30 staff.

HNL-YVR '01 funny how HNL keeps coming up! This time AC- after 2 days of trying, AC endorsed the tickets over to NW and we got on. The AC experience was the only time I almost hit a groundstaff worker- the French Canadian female manager lacked normal social behavior skills.

Had a few domestic USA/Australia delays, but always got on later that day.

All the above not bad for 30 years of non-rev. As stated in other posts, the key is to be very flexible- my rule of thumb is to try for the 1st flight of the day- people sleep through their alarm clocks.
 
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sun Dec 21, 2003 5:04 am

Not to stir things up , and yeah the non-rev flying has been a great perk of my employment with AC but in my 6 years with the company I have never flown for free!!!!!! In fact sometimes it is not worth it to fly on a pass especially partner passes. An example full fare return on Zip YXX-YYC-YXX $140, partner pass $100. What a great deal!

I am also amazed at how employees do not know their options or do not buy back ups on other airlines just in case. You shouldn't have any problems if prepare properly for you trip.
 
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sun Dec 21, 2003 11:19 am

I think I have a few good ones - and I would never complain - on the contray I love the adventure of non-reving.
1. Trying to non-rev on Cathay Pacific Kai Tak to LAX on the same day Philippine Air went on strike. When I asked the CX agent when they thought a seat would open up she said " next week?". Well luckily later that day there was a empty seat to YVR. Eleven hours later I'm in Canada with a pocket full of back up passes but none with service out of Vancouver. So I crossed my fingers and pleaded my case to a very friendly Horizon CS who gave me a pass to Seattle(and only charged me the taxes, I believe USD 8). From SEA I was able to fly home using some of the back up passes that I always carry.
By the way I wrote horizon a letter to commend their CS agent in YVR, I hope she got it - she saved my day.
2. Another time I was non-reving from CPH home using Icelandair passes. Well because of weather in KEF I was bumped due to weight restrictions and spent the night in the transfer hall. Next day I made it to KEF alright but now all the flights to the US were booked full. At the last minute I was put on the JFK flight due to a no show revenue passenger. When I got off the plane in JFK I went to the first airline I had a pass for, NW, and was put on a flt. to DTW to try and make a 15 min(illegal) connect to PDX, my final destination. For those of you who have flown thru JFK you know the ramp traffic will easily eat a 15 min connect. So now I missed the connect before we even left the ground and it looks like I will be spending the night in DTW - but - as we are descending into Detroit he FA make a annoucement that Northwest is holding the departure of a Seattle flight for a group of passengers on this flight who need to make that connection. Lucky me the NW gate agent lets me on the SEA flight and my hero's at Horizon fly me home to PDX - man I owe QX.
I have many more but not he time to type them all - and who wants to do all that reading? Like I said before non-reving is a adventure and now whenever I fly revenue it really isn't any fun.
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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sun Dec 21, 2003 1:21 pm

I had a pass on CO to fly LAX-DEN (Stapleton)-IAD and return in 1985. The outbound flights to IAD worked out fine. However, the day before I was to fly back to LAX, UA's pilots went on strike. When I got to the ticket counter at IAD, the agent told me that there was no way I was getting home to LAX (at least through DEN) that day. So she got me on a flight to IAH instead. Once I got to IAH, I got on 4 successsive standby lists for LAX, and didn't make it on any of them. Then I asked the agent to get me as close to LAX as she could (in those days, ONT via IAH wasn't an option, also, my car was at LAX), and I'd buy a ticket the rest of the way home. I had my choice of PHX or LAS. I made it on the next PHX flight, then withstood a hot, overcrowded PHX terminal 1 to buy a ticket on WN back to LAX. Got to LAX, and drove home. I remember figuring that start to finish took me 17 hours that day.

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RE: Worst Non-rev Trip?

Sun Dec 21, 2003 1:53 pm

1996 I was supposed to spend Xmas with family in Chicago. However, I decided to take a day trip up to Madison to have lunch with some friends in Wisconsin on December 23. Flew out of ORD at 8am on a United pass, but on approach to MSN it started hailing and we had to go around. Circled for an hour or so before we diverted to DSM for fuel. Back in the air but no chance of getting into MSN, so we diverted to MKE. UA put us into buses there and shipped us off to MSN and arrived there around 3pm. My flight back was due at 4pm, but the airport was now closed. So headed off with my friends to their place in Tomah, WI about an hour north. The next morning, MSN was still closed so we made our way to LaCrosse (LSE). I had a backup pass on AA so I tried to get on the Eagle flight to ORD, but due to w/x at ORD that couldn't get out either. So I wandered over to NW who managed to get me on the Mesaba flight up to MSP. Sat in MSP all afternoon playing NBA Jam while ORD remained shut and finally got on the 7pm flight. Got to my hotel in Chicago at almost 10pm on December 24! Quite a memorable Christmas!  Smile

Another time I was trying to head from Hartford to Atlanta using a CO pass. Left DL / KBDL), USA - Connecticut">BDL into EWR without any hassles, but got bumped off all the EWR to ATL flights remaining on both CO and DL. Finally spotted a heavily delayed HP flight to CMH that was leaving now at 230am. Got into CMH around 345am and then caught the first COExpress flight to CLE at around 515am. Then caught the 8am Delta flight down to Atlanta.

Another time was trying to get from JFK to ATL using a UA pass, but due to heavy snow the J31 to Dulles was not operating. The UA agent offered to reroute me JFK-LHR overnight that would allow me to pick up LHR-IAD-ATL the next day, but luckily I was able to snag a seat on a Delta nonstop instead.

Yet another time I was trying to get out of Gatwick into Atlanta at the end of Spring Break. No luck on any of the early Delta flights, nor American, nor Continental. While waiting for the last LGW-ATL nonstop, I managed to find out that VS had seats going on LGW-MIA, so was about ready to pick that instead when the M11 captain took pity on me and decided to help me out. He wrote me up in the paperwork as an interline jumpseating pilot and installed me in the cabin crew rest seat for takeoff and landing. During the flight, I had to hang out in the rear galley with the crew. Never got the pilots name to thank him, but then again those kinda things are probably swept under the rug anyway.

Yet another time was trying to get out of LGA to ATL via CLE and had already cleared to the last seat on Continental. Suddenly one of their CLE base FAs appears at the gate with a must-ride - her daughter had been in an accident in CLE and she had to get home - they approved her for a cabin jumpseat but after we pushed back she was in tears and obviously in no shape to ride. Rather than return to the gate to offload someone, they asked me to swap seats with her so I wound up riding on the forward double jumpseat on the 737 into Cleveland.

Ah... the memories.

[Edited 2003-12-21 06:01:51]
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