For your example, Chris, I see a problem. AF
's agreement is as follows (all the specifics are on the gp web site under "guide pratique"):
: ZED (medium level)
: no agreement
In theory any ZED carrier having an agreement with AF
at low or medium level should accept your ticket as long as the zone you wish to fly is equal to or less than the one on your ticket. Within the USA, we ZED with AA
, US, YX
(these are all ZM
which is ZL
/SkyTeam). A word of caution: some agents will insist you need to have the ticket reissued to reflect the correct carrier or city pair; just say "ok, thanks" and go find someone else. I had this happen at US while trying to use a ticket CLT
to fly PIT
2 different agents in PIT
were clueless and didn't want to take it.
will likely have no clue what a ZED fare is. Buy the ID90 for UA
and refund it up to three months later if unused. The ticket can be refunded to your credit card right in station; tickets bought with cash have to be sent to FLL
for refund processing.
has no agreement with AF
, and unless you find a clueless agent willing to take the ticket, you'll be out of luck. Plus, it could come back to you later. I know of someone in another station that was issuing ZED tickets to non-rev on AirTran (also no agreement). AirTran took the ticket and let the person fly, but it went thru all the accounting channels and they were charged for a full fare ticket many months later when it was discovered. Also their travel benefits were suspended for a year.
And a bit of advice with DL
since they are SkyTeam and I fly them most often: We are ZED on them but they are ID96 on us. DL
agents don't know what ZED is. More than one has said to me, in all seriousness, "I don't understand French" when I explain "it's a ZED fare." And good luck if you don't have the 2 slashes thru your ticket (as their own buddy passes are printed). AF
doesn't do this but I've started putting the 2 lines thru my DL
coupons since this seems to be the only way most agents can distinguish a space available ticket without actually taking the time to read it.
As mentioned earlier, I've found non-USA airlines much more accommodating with ticket acceptance.
[Edited 2005-03-04 07:00:15]