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Stand By Ticket?

Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:43 pm

I have got a stand by ticket but don´t know how to use it?
Do I have to wait for an empty seat until I can fly?
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RE: Stand By Ticket?

Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:47 pm

Standby ticket for where? From where? And with who?

Normally you will have to wait for the flight you want to go on to be called and checked in. Then the load controller will be able to assess your eligibility to get on - if there are any seats.

It's a slightly worrying way to travel, but worth it financially. You just have to leave yourself enough time to try another flight if you cannot get the one you want.

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RE: Stand By Ticket?

Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:50 pm

Yes, with a standby ticket you have to check in normally, you don't get a seatnumber and then wait at the gate until everybody has boarded to see if there are any no-show's or empty seats. I have flown like this for years and have gotten stuck in a few places because there were no seats available. Longest I was stuck was 4 days in San Jose, Costa Rica. Standby tickets are cheap, but you have to be flexible with your time, as you never know when you're going to fly/come back home. A nice side effect is that there's no date on your ticket. You can go whenever you feel like it.  Smile
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RE: Stand By Ticket?

Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:53 pm

Did you try calling the airline? That's likely a better source of information. has many forums. It has spell check and search functions. Use them before posting!
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RE: Stand By Ticket?

Wed Jun 01, 2005 11:02 pm

Quoting Bicoastal (Reply 3):
Did you try calling the airline? That's likely a better source of information.

I applied for a job at Lufthansa and got the ticket for free to travel from Hamburg to Frankfurt.
How are the load-factors on these flights?

[Edited 2005-06-01 16:17:21]
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RE: Stand By Ticket?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 3:11 am

Quoting Maddy (Reply 4):

If you work at Lufthansa, I'd ask a buddy of yours who works at the ticket counter to give you numbers regarding the seat availability (also in First/Bus class).

Whether you get a flight or not depends on whether or not the flight is fully booked, but also your ID status. When I worked at OS we handled all LH flights and I must admit they've got a quite complex system to determine your priority.

Seeing though that you are an LH employee flying on LH, there will not be many more people above you priority wise. I'd say pick a flight that's not full, turn up for check-in and you'll have good chances. Try your luck!  Wink
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RE: Stand By Ticket?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 3:43 am

As Seinfeld says, standby ticket means you stand and the plane goes bye-bye.

Jokes aside, calling the airline for availability should be helpful. They can tell you if a flight later today or tomorrow is at 40%-50% capacity, of if it is overbooked by a lot. That way you could avoid unnecessary trips to the airport.

The other thing is: no checked baggage.

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