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Free Flight Privilages

Mon Jun 25, 2001 3:25 am

Okay, let's pretend for a minute that my dad is a captain with Cape Air. Cape Air has awesome flight privilages. They allow their pilots and families free travel on most US airlines and a lot of other international airlines. If my dad flew with Cape Air and we had those flight privilages... would their be a limit on HOW MUCH free flying you actually got to do? I realize that you would be put on standby and would only get on the plane if there is room. How often do they put you in first class when there is room availible? What about international flights? First class on those too? I know there are a few people in the forums that are airline employees or family members of airline employees, tell me about your flight privilages. Any information would be greatly appreciated!

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RE: Free Flight Privilages

Mon Jun 25, 2001 3:29 am

My dad is a mechanic for delta, and from a DL standpoint:
I have a "passcard" which i can use to fly standby nonrev anywhere pretty much that delta flies, on its own equipment and that of the connection/express carriers. im not sure if i could say get on an airfrance flight form philly-paris though with it for free! anyway, i can also by passes (through my dad) on carriers delta has this cooperation with, such as usairways and most recently southwest. others are in here too, i just dont know them because i never use them. the tickets bought on the other carriers are ID-90 passes, which we use to fly USAirways from philly to pit. there is no restriction that i know of except i lose these privelages (the passdcard) when i turn 18 =)
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RE: Free Flight Privilages

Mon Jun 25, 2001 3:37 am

Atlantic Coast Airlines has almost that same free travel privileges like Cape Air. On ACA you can fly free on United Express, United Airlines, ACjet, Delta Airlines, Delta Connection/ASA/Comair. But you can also fly on any other domestic or international airline but I don't think it's free. You can fly on AA, US, NW, CO to anywhere for $10 per leg and BA, VS to Europe for like $30 per leg. I miss those days but hopefully I'll be working with an airline when I turn 18. (in December)

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RE: Free Flight Privilages

Mon Jun 25, 2001 3:48 am

My sister is a DL F/A. My parents and her husband fly free anywhere that DL flies, but must fly non-rev.

I can also fly non-rev, but with a buddy pass, meaning I pay applicable taxes for the roundtrip fare.

Last year, my wife and I flew non-rev from MCO to Paris via Air France, through which DL has an agreement, and paid only applicable taxes for the trip.

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RE: Free Flight Privilages

Mon Jun 25, 2001 9:28 am

So, what are the chances that I would be able to walk up to an AirFrance flight in Atlanta and fly 1st class (if room availible) to CDG for free?
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RE: Free Flight Privilages

Mon Jun 25, 2001 10:03 am

Chances of that would be basically zero... AF doesn't even allow DL or other Skyteam employees to fly F. If a DL employee nonrevs on AF, it's coach only... I doubt they'd give Cape Air people a better deal.
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RE: Free Flight Privilages

Mon Jun 25, 2001 11:15 am

Chances of that are zero. Chances of you gettting in business class are about 10%.
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RE: Free Flight Privilages

Mon Jun 25, 2001 11:36 am

Chances of ANYONE flying free internationally are nil. Unfortunately, taxes are a rather hefty amount - and everyone pays those internationally. For example, my FREE ticket on Air India from JFK-LHR-BOM-LHR-JFK runs me over $200 in taxes alone. Gotta love it.
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RE: Free Flight Privilages

Mon Jun 25, 2001 12:50 pm

At Continental we get vacation passes which when used can get you in first. I flew DCA EWR POP in first and did not pay taxes. I got bumped POP EWR so I used an ID-90 POP SJU which cost $53 SJU EWR DCA again I was not charged any tax. Idon't know if this is the same for travel to Europe. For that I use British and they do charge me the taxes and chances of upgrades are a lot less likely

RE: Free Flight Privilages

Mon Jun 25, 2001 2:29 pm

I am a f/a for LH and find that the contacts an airline empl makes with the managers of oa's is like a key to free flights. I've some great contacts of managers of oa's and fly pretty much anywhere for free. As long as it isn't an excessive amount and my pleasure trips are usually planned a few months in advance...most US airline empl's have better flight privs than the European carrier empls.

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