Some (most) airlines allow the employee & dependents to travel for free or minor service charge on a space available basis for pleasure travel. Priority is usally based on seniority. (depending on Seniority & other instances some issue one or several passes a year with a higher priority- employee bereavement is usually a higher priority or in some instances positive space)
As a pass department manager, I get requests from airlines all over the world for travel on our company. Depending on how that airline has responded or treated our staff in the past for pass requests is usually how I honor those. On some airlines, we have a written agreement for free, ID
-ServiceCharge, or ID
90 or ID
75 for employees. Some airlines that request a pass for an employee will return an "open pass" for us to issue at any time for an employee who may request one in the future. (they usually have 12-36 month expiration dates on them) On passes issued to "OTHER" airlines, we do require ID
with the airline issued ID
for use of any of the passes. (Passes issued to OTHER airline employees have the lowest boarding priority)
Airlines willing to work with our company find us to be generous with our passes, however, those who do not reciprocate, find us to be just as they are.
Additionally, some stations have local pass agreements with other airlines at the stations they serve. Some airlines it is unlimited. Others we limit to 3-5-10-25-36 etc a month for what are known as OtherAirline Employee Passes. (these are based upon how the other airline works with us in that city as far as EXPEDITE bags, occasional use of ground equipment when needed, treatment of our employees requesting passes from them, and a myriad of other things.)
Mid Management & Upper management all carry a travel card that allows them to get passes almost immediately from other & competing airlines that work with our airline. These passes usually require little more than notification to a station manager, but in some instances the Pass Department must make the request. (these are used for company business only)
Comp Passes are usually positive space-VIP passes. (these are usually promos or give aways in exchange for advertising, community donations etc.)
Job Interview Passes are just that, and are most of the time space available with a fairly high priority.
A number of years ago, BA
issued our company 75 Concorde Passes to be used over an 18 month period on a S/A basis. This was in exchange for our company granting a group of their employees a higher priority for a 6 month period on a route that they required quite a bit of travel for their staff.