Airmech56
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Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Mon May 31, 2004 10:25 pm

Hey, I was just curious if airline employees get discounts for Eurail passes. I know working for CO we get discounts on Amtrak and the Gatwick Express in the UK. It would be helpful to know, Thanks.
 
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Mon May 31, 2004 10:30 pm

Airmech: what advantages should Eurail countries have to give reduction to airlines? Do the railway companies in Europe get reduction for flights, too?

It's a commercial thinking: what advantages do I have to support somebody or a group? Do they also do something for me? Passengers would fly to Europe, so it's not a friendly thing from the airline, they get passengers for their flights - that's ok. Why supporting airline employees then?
 
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Mon May 31, 2004 10:44 pm

Stefandotde: To answer my question I'll talk that as a "no". But I agree with your statement and understand what your saying. But there a few companies that offer us discounts and have no direct relation with the airline. For example a widely known appliance manufacturer. So why are they supporting Airline Employees?
 
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Mon May 31, 2004 10:51 pm

Marketing campain, Airmech. Maybe they also are working together with airlines or want to work together with them.
It's not a "shame" to ask for airliners reduction - but it's also not a "shame" to deny .
Always a question of getting and giving.
 
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Mon May 31, 2004 11:30 pm

I worked for Amtrak..this is news to me that we offered a discount to CO employees. I guess the co-share we have with CO may be the reason we offered discount with Amtrak.

I know for fact, that we do not get any discount with CO. But we do a small discount with Icelander (only the full fare). Yes, we do have co-share with Icelander.

We also have Air-Rail promotion with United Airlines. Again, no discount with United.

It would be nice we gets discount with airlines but that may never happened.

Dave
 
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Mon May 31, 2004 11:36 pm

Another point is that there is no railway company called "Eurail" - it's a sort of alliance of different railway companies in Europe who offer EURAIL passes.
So if there should be discounts for airliners or other industry all the railway companies would have to accept that discount.
Swiss Rail, SNCF in France and Deutsche Bahn have big cooperations with airlines (esp. SBB and DB) - but what reason should Polish Rail (f.e.) have to give a reduction to airliners?
 
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:42 am

Stefandotde, I second that... couldn't have said it any better than you did.

I'm a Flight Attendant and throughout my career, I witness some rediculous comments or questions by the airline crews. I just don't understand why they think that just because we work in the airline industry that we ought to get commercial discounts in every outlets.

It's common sense PEOPLE!!! You'll only get discount when there is an agreement between your airline and the other industry.

I know no questions is a stupid question...but try to think first before you speak.
 
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:46 am

Airmech56 wrote:
I know working for CO we get discounts on Amtrak and the Gatwick Express in the UK.

Out of interest do you know how much of a discount you get on Gatwick Express? The UK rail staff "Priv" rate gives a 3/4 discount on the full fare. Do CO employees receive the same discount?
Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight with us today.
 
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 7:17 am

CopySouthwest: Gatwick Express offers us a 70% discount. I have never actually taken it but it's been posted on our employee website.

SeaMeFly: I do agree with your statement in seeing people have some ridiculous statements and comments to try and get discounts for being an airline employee. But I do not believe that this is such an out of the ordinary question. For example: Working for Continental I can receive discounts on any GM, Ford, and Toyota vehicles. Now I would like for any of you to show me how we have any affiliation with all three motor vehicle companies? The only affiliation I see is with Ford because we use their vehicles on the airport. But the other 2 companies I see no relationship. Or another discount is cellular phone companies. We receive a discount on almost every cell phone company accept Verizon. Now why would we get discounts on cell phone companies that we have no "affiliation" with.


Now being that I have shown you 2 different examples on where we receive discounts with no "affiliation", please explain to me how my question wasn't a "common sense" question. Or how I didn't "try to think before I spoke".

Stefandotde: Thanks for clearing up that Eurail is an alliance of different train companies. I was under the impression that "Eurail" was sort of like Amtrak. I was asking this question because I wanted to learn about the rail systems in Europe before I travel there this summer. So I appreciate you clearing that up for me.

But I don't know who your quoting when you say: "It's not a "shame" to ask for airliners reduction - but it's also not a "shame" to deny" because I don't ever recall saying that I was ashamed to ask anything at all. And if you read what I wrote above with the 2 examples in where we get discounts with no affiliations then you can understand why I asked this question. It has nothing to do with shame, but everything to do with curiosity. I do agree that we receive discounts because the airline is either working with them or in the future want to work with them, but in several of these examples there has been nothing to really support that.

Amtrakguy: Your absolutely right it would be nice for you to receive a discount on the airlines you give discounts to.
 
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 9:13 am

Airmech56,

I did not find your question to be ridiculous, in fact, I thought it was a perfectly legitimate question. I have been a flight attendant with HA for 19 years and I am continually amazed at all of the companies and places that offer discounts to airline employees just for the asking. From North American ski resorts, to Universal Studio's, to bars and restaurants, to white water river rafting companies.
Just last week on my layover in Sydney, the owner of the wine store across the street from my hotel gave me 10% off my wine purchase when he found out I was a Hawaiian Airlines crewmember.
I say it never hurts to ask and if others on this board are offended, that's their problem. Again, there is NO harm in asking questions!

Aloha
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 9:34 am

Out of interest do you know how much of a discount you get on Gatwick Express?
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If you are working crew with a layover at LGW, then you get a free roundtrip ticket on the Gatwick Express. If you are not working crew, then it is 70% off as mentioned above.

J
 
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 9:37 am

Companies such as electrical outlets, wine stores, etc, offer discounts to airline employees for one main reason - Airlines are big.

Would you, as a store-owner, rather give 10% off to airline staff and have 20,000 potential customers, or no discount and give these airline staff no reason to pick your store over your competitors?

It's the same reason that airlines give discounted full fares to large corporate customers - they are gambling that the increased traffic will outweigh the cost of giving the discount. It's simply good business sense.
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Wed Jun 02, 2004 7:42 am

Halfa: Thanks for agreeing with me. I also never thought there was any harm in asking either, especially if its a question that would help other people who travel to Europe. I don't know about you guys but if I can save a buck, I'm more than happy to take full advantage of that.

Thanks Again.
 
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Wed Jun 02, 2004 7:49 am

At AA, we too get a discount on the Gatwick Express, as well as the "Chunnel" (Euro Star) between London & Paris. We do not however receive discounts on Eurail, unfortunately.

We are the people of American Airlines. And we know why you fly.
 
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Thu Jun 03, 2004 4:06 am

Airmech56: can you tell me how much percents you get discount with Amtrak? Any restrictions?

Dave
 
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Thu Jun 03, 2004 6:59 am

You know Dave I'm really not sure what percentage discount we get or if there are any restrictions. I was told that if we go to the train station and show our work id we get a discount. I'll find out for sure what the rates are.
 
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RE: Eurail Discounts For Airline Employees?

Sun Jun 13, 2004 4:29 am

Airmech45: I talked to a contact of mine at Amtrak. The answer is no. Amtrak do not offer any type of discounts to CO employees.

However, he said it's a possible that this is a misunderstanding. NJTransit do offer a discount to anyone working at EWR. It just that both Amtrak and NJTransit use the same stop and this could caused some confusion.

Hope this help.
Dave

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