AA's policy is to allow someone to fly standby for free for that day...I've done it a couple of times...
Last summer, they did let me fly standby for free from JFK
the following day. It was really nice of AA
. I flew from DXB
, and my flight was almost 7 hours delayed, thus, missing my connecting JFK
flight on AA
gave all pax a letter apologising about the dealy and I showed it to the AA
ticket agent at JFK
. She posted my problem in the computer and told me to come back the following day and I shouldn't have a problem. I showed up the following morning and got my seat.
This week however, AA
lost some business. I was returing from PHL
and wanted to stop in ORD
for a week. Since 1/2 the ORD
flights are somewhat empty, I asked AA
if I can stop for a week and just pay them $150 dollars to fly the following week. That was basically free $150 dollars for them because I had already paid for the previous ticket. An empty seat never makes money.
The agent told me that since I'm on a restricted ticket, either I fly that day, or purchase a new ticket for $315 dollars (one way). Well, I flew PHL
, but wound up purchasing a ticket on ATA for $145 (including tax) to fly from MDW
My point is, I guess it depends on the situation, because I obviously got mixed results.