Sabena332
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Do AirPORT Employees Get Discounts On Flights?

Mon May 16, 2005 12:23 pm

Hi all,

I have a rather stupid question.

Do airport employees get a discount on flights?

Let's say: I am working for a company like Fraport (or any other airport in Germnay), do I get a discount (ID or PEP) on flights because my employer is an airport?

I know that travel agents get discounts as well, so do airport employees get it also?

Thanks in andvance for your replies!

Patrick

Edited for typos

[Edited 2005-05-16 05:28:30]
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RE: Do AirPORT Employees Get Discounts On Flights?

Mon May 16, 2005 12:51 pm

Only if they're related to or married to an airline employee. Same as anyone else.
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RE: Do AirPORT Employees Get Discounts On Flights?

Mon May 16, 2005 12:58 pm

I think the reason travel agents get discounts is because they sell tickets for the airline and make the airline money while airport employees aren't really doing anything for the airline.
 
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RE: Do AirPORT Employees Get Discounts On Flights?

Mon May 16, 2005 2:49 pm

In the years I worked for airlines, in various ground-based roles, such benefits got less and less. From being able to practically walk up to any ticket counter, show an ID and get at least 90% off any standard fare for a stand-by ticket, I was eventually form-filling, waiting weeks, paying more and getting further and further down the priority list at check-in! In the end it usually worked out cheaper, and much less hassle, to get a confirmed seat from a re-seller on the internet!

One of the problems was that I went from being an actual airline employee, via various take-overs, sell-offs etc, to, reluctantly, working for a handling agent. Same job, same hassles, handling the same flights and passengers - but MUCH less staff incentives. It was not too difficult to get a space-available ticket on a holiday charter, but how often do THEY have empty seats! Any attempt to get a scheduled ticket grew increasingly frustrating.

The very last time I tried, I approached the station rep' for an airline I was handing 2-3 times a day, every day and with whom I had developed a good professional and personal relationship over several years. I was after a trans-Atlantic routing, maximum of four flights and had never bothered this airline for rebated tickets before. After several weeks of debate, being made to feel I was making a terribly unreasonable demand, form-filling and my humble request being placed before a hoard of managers at the airline's head office - I ended up getting a stand-by ticket at about £50 less than I could have bought a full-fare, confirmed, discount from a "bucket-shop"! To add insult to injury, I ended up on the same flight as the rep', who had decided to make a similar trip at the last minute and had written a FREE ticket out for herself!

Shortly after, I left the business all together and now surf the 'net for cheaper, confirmed seats I can now well afford thanks to a stress-free, much better paid job!
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RE: Do AirPORT Employees Get Discounts On Flights?

Mon May 16, 2005 5:51 pm

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Do airport employees get a discount on flights?

It depends on what the airport negotiates with the airline.

E.g. the airline you worked for gave 50 % off unrestricted Y and C fares to the employees of the airport I worked for.

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RE: Do AirPORT Employees Get Discounts On Flights?

Mon May 16, 2005 7:27 pm

During my time at Fraport, we used to get the usual range of PEP-offers. I didn't check the ID-xx regulations, but I suppose, they were available as well.
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RE: Do AirPORT Employees Get Discounts On Flights?

Mon May 16, 2005 7:35 pm

Yepp, a large amount of PEP-Offers also includes airport employees (or, in some cases, hotel-employees); since PEP offers are, quite frequently, better than the AD (50/75, we rarely get 90s) tickets I can get, I usually take the PEP if one is available...
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RE: Do AirPORT Employees Get Discounts On Flights?

Tue May 17, 2005 12:05 am

Thanks for the replies!

I asked this question for a friend who was curious about this. He had a job interview at an airport last Friday but they didn't talk about travel discounts.

Patrick
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