Each airline has their own proceedure for deadheading.
the crew (both FA
's and FO's) get paid their normal rate per hour deadheading, and must fly in Business class or better if it's a scheduled event. If it's unscheduled (last minute decision) then we're boarded with priority for an upgrade, although we wouldn't bump any revenue passengers from the premium cabins.
's at UA
we often will be converted to work once we reach the airport. In fact, the majority of the time they convert us up to a certain level. They will call us "enhancement staffing". I guess since they're paying us anyway, we might as well do something instead of drinking expensive wine over the North Atlantic!
I've had a number of crazy Deadhead experiences... the best being roundtrip in business class deadheading ORD
! It was fabulous! They needed coverage in Tokyo so they pulled six of us junior FA
's, flew us over there, we laid over for 55 hours and then deadheaded back. It really was a paid vacation! I had so much fun! It's times like that where I just shake my head and think how lucky I am to have this awesome job!
I've also had to deadhead at 6am from ORD
so that I could trade spots with a girl who worked southbound and then deadheaded back. A total waste of both of our time! A perfect example why they try to prevent deadheading as best they can!
hope this was what you were wondering!
The debate continues... Starwood or Hyatt... which is better