Each certificate is good for one roundtrip with one stopover on the Delta system, including Delta codeshare flights operated by other carriers. Like I said, I'm not really sure exactly how they calculate the yield. The employee does not have to be traveling with whoever gets the pass.
I think DAL's employee and family pass benefits were far better than UAL's for a very long time, but now that both UAL and DAL have unlimited free rides (
), they're both pretty much the best in the industry. I understand that even if you are a UAL employee, you have to pay something like a $75 service fee to travel in Int'l F. Obviously we don't have Int'l F at DAL, but we get 18 of what we call "Transoceanic Flight Days." In otherwords, that's 18 24 hour periods where you can do all the transoceanic flying you want, even in BizElite, for no service charge, only the taxes, which are usually about $20 each way. So, realistically, that's 9 transoceanic round trips per year. I'm down to 12 T/O flight days already! After you use up all your T/O Flight Days, which incidentally I have never heard of anybody being able to do, you pay a $75 service fee on each Transoceanic roundtrip.
Domestically, we get completely free unlimited flights at S3 priority. The cool thing is that all the new long hauls to South America, as well as Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, fall under our unlimited free S3 flight days. So MEX, EZE, GIG, GRU, SCL, LIM, and the rest are all free! A couple of buddies of mine that work in JFK and CVG are planning a big trip to SCL for a bunch of us. Should be pretty fun.
The cherry on top of everything is the S2 priority code. Each Delta employee gets 6 S2 priority flight days every year. They do not accumulate. These are useful for when you need to get back home to go to work the next day (been there, done that
), and when you're going somewhere and you a) want to make sure you get premium seating or b) want to make sure you get on. Which of those two options of course depends on the load.
So I told you about how great the travel benefits for DAL employees and their immediate families are, here's the part where it sucks.
Let's say I give a buddy pass to you, and we decide to fly together. I have to go down
to S4 priority.
Let's say you're a Delta employee with a seniority date of 4-7-00 and I'm a Delta employee with a seniority date of 12-1-69 and we list together on a flight. The date used for our standby priority is 4-7-00.
So for me to travel alone, the benefits are awesome. But when I want to take a friend somewhere or something like that, it's damn near impossible to get seated up front.
That was long winded, but I hope it answers your questions. By the way, where is your father based?
It's a new day. Every moment matters. Now, more than ever.