PanAm747LHR
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The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:44 am

Greetings Fellow Flyers-
With all the talk that goes on here about non-revving with this, that and the other airline, I thought - why not start a thread where we can all share our non-rev experiences/tips/ideas/insights? A place to comment/criticize/share the good, the bad and even the ugly.
I've done quite a bit of non-revving in the last month, both with my own company and with other companies and have come up with a whole handful of stories/tips/observations. I'm sure there are plenty of you out there who have done the same, and thought it'd be a good idea to create a thread where we can put all of that down and hopefully help out some of our fellow non-revvers.

So let's hear it - what've you got?

-Nick
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:52 am

Sounds great. For a forum dedicated to non-rev travel go to www.nonrev.net and join under the forum button. The forum isn't very populated and I'd like to see it grow a little. Usually it takes days to get replies to your topics.
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:53 am

So after all that, I realized I forgot to mention my little tid-bits.

1. Flew JFK-MUC-SJJ with Lufthansa two weeks ago. Was very impressed by a few things. One, our baggage was checked though - something my own company doesn't always do. Sometimes, but not always. Two, our bags made our 35 minute connection in Munich - something that is unheard of in Newark. And most importantly, both crews treated us like gold. Although we were in coach, we were brought business class deserts on the JFK-MUC flight, and acknowleged by the entire crew. Very nice and professional. I would definitely non-rev on Lufthansa again without hesitation.

2. Flew home SJJ-MXP-EWR on AZ. Different story... First of all, AZ does not check your bags through. You must clear immigration in Milan, pick up your bags, clear customs, and re-check them. However, check-in was painless and given a seat assignment right then and there. Introduced myself to the crew, who were very nice, and invited me to sit up in business class after the first service was finished. All in all, a decent trip - would have been nicer if the bags had gone through, but such is life...

All in all, LH is definitely a good airline to go with. Seat assigments were given at the gate, and an effort was made to seat us together. (Two of us were traveling together.) AZ is ok, but try not to check bags.

NEXT UP: EWR-NRT on CO, NRT-BKK on NH, then KUL-VIE-JFK on OS or KUL-DXB-JFK on EK... Depends on who I can get a seat on!
Will let you all know how it goes.
Btw, has anyone here non-revved and connected through NRT? A friend of mine did - he went EWR-NRT on CO then NRT-BKK on TG. He said that although his bags were not checked through, the people at the TG transfer desk sent for them and had them rechecked. Sounds too good to be true to me. Anyone have any experience?

Nick
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:55 am

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 1):
The forum isn't very populated and I'd like to see it grow a little. Usually it takes days to get replies to your topics.

That's one problem the civil aviation forum here does NOT have!  Smile
I'll have to check that site out. Thanks for the reccomendation.

-Nick
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:13 am

I guess I have something to add as well. I flew JNB-CPT with an ID95 and SAA treated us very nicely. The total fare was $40 roundtrip. When we got to JNB, they had a special desk for non-revs where you were given your seat assignment before going through security. On the way back, there was also a seperate counter in CPT for staff travel. No lines. Extremely convenient. Once again, we recieved seats before having to go through security. Everything on SAA goes as smooth as possible and I highly recommend them if traveling through Southern Africa (continent).
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:25 am

I am flying non- rev in March PIT- PHX, then LAX- PIT. Both on US. Any suggestions with that?
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:47 am

Never had a problem with my company, nor for that matter US or WN. One word of sage
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If travelling with loved ones such as parents or kids, try to sequester them when you do all your business. Last Summer and the year before, I had to fly from BWI to RDU. No big but, it was for a funeral in 2005 and an unveiling in 2006. Therefore, I was travelling with my parents. Though, my parents have been advised and coached on non-rev travel, when at the airport and with being bumped a probability, they can get shall I say excited. So, I told them to sit, chill out and I'll take care of business. And, that included breaking the news that we were not returning to BWI that night. Needless to say, I'm glad I was away from the gate agents/podium when I delivered the news. Lets just say it was high drama and comedy. My folks ain't spring chickens and were only planning to make this a day trip not an overnight adventure. And when my mom realized she would be away from her "baby" retarded cat, yes, there is such an animal, we could have been a You Tube Hit.
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:31 am

Quoting PanAm747LHR (Reply 2):
Btw, has anyone here non-revved and connected through NRT? A friend of mine did - he went EWR-NRT on CO then NRT-BKK on TG. He said that although his bags were not checked through, the people at the TG transfer desk sent for them and had them rechecked. Sounds too good to be true to me. Anyone have any experience?

Flew quite several times to/from and via NRT as non-rev on JL, KL and MH. All staff do their most best for you and treat you like any other passenger, and maybe just a little bit better. On KL lounge-access was granted (when I got upgraded) and MH cabincrew upgraded me to C onboard when flying NRT-BKI.
Japanese staff are very keen on you, and don't bother about your luggage. That will be fine  Smile Your non-rev experience through NRT will be good for sure!
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:42 am

There was a time about 5 years ago that I somehow managed to purchase a standby ticket with DL to fly LAX - ATL - LGW. I can't remember how on earth I managed it now, because I don't work for DL and don't know anyone who works for DL.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but these days it just isn't possible to buy stand by tickets, right? Or, in other words, the only people who can non-rev are those who work for the airline, or have received a flight voucher from a friend or family member who works for the airline. Is that right?
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:08 pm

I flew SBN-ORD on UAX/Mesa and ORD-SLC on DL this morning...

Got the last seat on the UAX flight...whew!
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Thu Feb 08, 2007 5:35 pm

I once got stuck in FRA because SAS went on strike, that wasn't fun. But the LH staff were fantastic and even gave me an overnight kit!

Once flying YYC-YVR-HKG on my own airline (AC) and then connecting to a KA flight to KHH. Flight from YVR-HKG was late departing due to a mechanical issue. Landing in HKG with only 40 mins to go through passport control, get my luggage and check in for my KA flight to KHH and I still managed it even though I was standby!! KA staff were great!

Flying CDG-LHR. I had a ZM ticket which I originally listed on BA with, but was bumped. I decided to try the AF desk and they welcomed me, took my ticket, gave me a standby boarding pass. I arrive at the gate, wait for 15 mins and see my name appear on the LCD monitor by the desk. I go up to the desk where the very friendly (and very attractive) AF agent hands me a boarding pass and says "you'll be flying in executive class today" Big grin I never expected to be upgraded on another carrier, especially one that isn't a STAR carrier. Thanks to that AF agent!


Flying LHR-YVR-YYC. Just before we're supposed to start descent into YYC I notice we enter a holding pattern. This goes on for 15 mins until the captain comes on to announce that we'd have to divert to YEG due to severe thunderstorms over YYC. We land in YEG about 30 mins later and told we will just wait for fuel and should be back on our way to YYC soon. Then the bad news got worse. This flight was now cancelled as YYC was only accepting priority flights (overseas etc). As I was stand-by I wasn't entitled to anything, so I ended up splitting a rental car with 4 other strangers and drove the 3.5 hours back to YYC. I was so glad to be home that night.


All in all I must say I've been treated better as a non-rev passenger in many cases than a revenue passenger. I guess we all take care of each other in the industry.  Smile

Kris
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Thu Feb 08, 2007 7:46 pm

I got a potential disaster lining up right now. I'm going to try on OK623 AMS-PRG later today, but the KL flight in front was just canceled and it just started snowing so I guess it will be a tough one. Will let you know how it turned out.

Should've flown this morning........
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:43 pm

Quoting JRadier (Reply 11):
I got a potential disaster lining up right now. I'm going to try on OK623 AMS-PRG later today, but the KL flight in front was just canceled and it just started snowing so I guess it will be a tough one. Will let you know how it turned out.

I really should have skipped school this morning. OK623 just got canceled as well. OK618 (the 17:25 flight) will be upgraded to a A321 but with pax of 3 flights on it I'm not too sure. Let's hope the weather gets a little better and this one manages to get in and out.
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:55 pm

I am retired AA living in Japan as a missionary. I did a lot of non revving when I worked for AA both domestic and international and especially on the 777. Most of my non revving is done between Japan and the US.
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 09, 2007 5:06 am

Ive worked for BA for 5years and was pretty scared of flying when i first started. I actually started to non-rev so that I could try and conquer my fear of flying.

..........and now, FEAR CONQUERED!!!  veryhappy 

Ive non-revved between UK and US, UK and the middle east and between UK and caribbean.

Lee
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 09, 2007 8:09 am

In the past few months I have non-rev'd DCA-PHL-MAN twice, both with success. I have done DCA-CLT-GNV once and ALB-LGA-DCA once. Been with the company for about 5 months.

I really would like to go to NRT or DBX, but both airlines I can fly on dont give me buddy passes, but Id still really like to go. When you guys travel, do you go alone or take someone?

-Rob
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 09, 2007 8:41 am

Quoting V1valarob (Reply 15):
I really would like to go to NRT or DBX, but both airlines I can fly on dont give me buddy passes, but Id still really like to go. When you guys travel, do you go alone or take someone?

Hey Rob, which airline do you work for? I'm surprised you can go all the way to MAN but can't get any Zed or ID tickets to get to NRT.

Most of my non-rev has been alone, but my CDG-LHR-YVR-YYC was with a hot chick Big grin Recently I took my brother to HKG as well. My next trip in a few days will be YYC-YUL-IAD, few days in the DC area staying with a friend. Then IAD-CPH, few days in CPH, then CPH-HEL, ferry down to TLL and back then HEL-FRA-HKG-YYZ-YYC Big grin

Kris
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 09, 2007 8:55 am

Quoting V1valarob (Reply 15):
When you guys travel, do you go alone or take someone?

I mostly travel with my wife, she also works for BA. Before I was married I was allowed to choose to either have a travel companion or have my immediate family travel with me.
My family dont travel much so I had my best freind as a travel companion.

I also travel a bit with colleagues from work to destinations that you only stay for a couple of nights such as NYC, MIA and european destinations

Lee
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 09, 2007 11:59 am

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 17):
Hey Rob, which airline do you work for? I'm surprised you can go all the way to MAN but can't get any Zed or ID tickets to get to NRT.

Most of my non-rev has been alone, but my CDG-LHR-YVR-YYC was with a hot chick Big grin Recently I took my brother to HKG as well. My next trip in a few days will be YYC-YUL-IAD, few days in the DC area staying with a friend. Then IAD-CPH, few days in CPH, then CPH-HEL, ferry down to TLL and back then HEL-FRA-HKG-YYZ-YYC Big grin

Kris

I work for Colgan Air, a regional airline for US Air, Continental and United. So I get benefits on all the airlines. However US Air is the only one that lets me have a registered guest, they are also the only airline that gives us guest passes. So if I want to bring a friend it has to be on US Air routes. I can bring that registered guest on most zed fare's, but still....

Anyone want to go to Dubai in March?

-Rob
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 09, 2007 2:18 pm

So the NRT routing is looking iffy... All the CO flights are filling up. I think we're going to fly us (CO) to LGW, and then try Etihad from LGW to BKK via AUH. Anyone have any experience non-revving with EY?

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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 09, 2007 6:09 pm

Ia Orana All !

Here is a list of airlines I took nonrevving...

AIR TAHITI NUI : PPT-LAX-PPT/PPT-JFK-PPT/PPT-NRT-KIX-PPT/PPT-AKL-PPT
A343 aircraft, video is available at all seats, Crews are usually very nice appart from the odd one, but hey its the same every where you go. The crew will sometimes upgrade you once on board, depends on the captain and the purser... Yet they are always accomodating and will chat with you if you go in the galley.

ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS : LAX-NRT-LAX/BKK-NRT
Excellent airline, will treat you as every other passenger. Ground staff in BKK was very accomodating as I was holding a Korean Air only nonrev ticket for BKK-ICN-NRT but wanted to fly nonstop to NRT. They accepted it when Thai Airways refused to. The crew will not upgrade anyone once onboard, I now my sister works for them based in LHR.

AMERICAN EAGLE : MIA-EYW-MIA
Nice staff in MIA, very helpful, uneventful flight to EYW

BRITISH AIRWAYS : LGW-PHX-SAN/LHR-JNB/LHR-CPT/CDG-LHR-CDG
Cabin crew at BA are excellent and treat you like royalty ! Ground staff at other terminal than T4 are really sweet one lady in T3 checked me in the First Class lane for a flight to CPT. Crew will do their utmost to make your flight as pleasant as possible. T4 agents at the nonrev check-in area can be very stern but I feel for them because buddy passes can be very awfull when travelling without the employee...

BMI : LHR-CDG-LHR/LHR-PRG
This airline used to be nice in the days. I used to work for them and the service was amazing. It is now offering a low-cost service on its European routes and it is really dissapointing. I recently flew on a very empty A321 LHR-CDG. The crew was nice and performed their BOB service as is.

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES : CDG-EWR/EWR-MIA
Nice airline, flew on the 777 and MD80. Crew on the CDG-EWR was really sweet came to visit me in Y class and offered me a couple of gifts. Food was OK PTV in Y on the long haul planes. Very long day in EWR trying to get on a flight to MIA, managed the 3rd one but very rude ground staff who shut the door before I got on board as I was being seconday checked at the entrance of the jetty. Got to the end of it and the door had just been closed. They guy on the ground told me it was too late I should have been here earlier I told him I was beeing checked for security purposes and that it wasn't my fault. He told me he didn't care and I said that I doubt FAA and TSA would really appreciate knowing that he left me on the grounnd and the plane took off with my suitcase in it ! He reopened the door and let me in ! Phew !
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sat Feb 10, 2007 10:58 am

Hey guys, I found a good website for approximate loads on other carriers. It's www.seatcounter.com. It gives you the availibility by fare classes. I'm not sure how accurate it is, perhaps a travel agent could let us know that. Anywho, another tool besides the smilies on flyzed.com  Smile

My next trip starts tommorow: YYC-YOW-IAD-CPH-HEL-TLL-HEL-CPH-FRA-HKG-YYZ-YYC Big grin


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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sat Feb 10, 2007 12:42 pm

My next trip starts tommorrow as well. In the end, we've decided to go EWR-HKG on CO, then HKG-BKK on CI. Will let you know how it goes!

Nick
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sat Feb 10, 2007 6:47 pm

Quoting JRadier (Reply 12):
Let's hope the weather gets a little better and this one manages to get in and out.

just to answer myself, it did fly (although with half an hour delay on departure) with me on board. It was a 321 which both are in charter configuration so I guess I got very lucky.

Will try and get home on OK618 this afternoon.

to the guys above me, have fun and good luck!
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:27 pm

That seat counter thing is pretty neat. I hope it is accurate as I might try and hop an OAL flight to LAX next week.
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:43 pm

The one question I have about that site, when it says availability by fare class, does it mean there are that many seats open in each class, or that there are that many seats open total on the aircraft. say for example, a US Airways flight has 7 open seats, in fare class A, 4 open seats in fare class U, and 7 open seats in fare class W. Does that mean there are 18 open seats on that plane, or does it mean there are only 7 open seats with 4 being in a different fare class than the other 3. Kinda new to the non reving thing, so bear with me but thanks for the help.
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sun Feb 11, 2007 1:13 am

Quoting JetJock22 (Reply 25):
The one question I have about that site, when it says availability by fare class, does it mean there are that many seats open in each class, or that there are that many seats open total on the aircraft.

You have to be careful with "availability". I'm not sure from where that site gathers it's info. I just remember from my airlines days, when we would get a display of availability, it would show no. of seat available for sale in all classes, but that would only mean seats available for sale. At the end of the display, there would be a total count of all påssengers booked in F and Y(adding up seats sold in all fare classes, Y, B, L etc), and total number of seats on the aircraft. Often the total, mostly in Y, would be a minus: eg. Capacity: F12 Y136 Total Booked: F12 Y163 Available: F0 Y-27. That meant, of course, the flight would be grossly overbooked, yet still selling seats. Every airline treats each flight differently, according to past performance of flights and the no-show percentage. I am not saying that this website does it that way, but just be careful. If it still shows seats available for sale, it doesn't mean that there are actually available seats on the flight. Of course, if it says, for example that B has 120 seats available, and the numbers are all very high, you know the flight is pretty light. Hope this helps.
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:14 am

Quoting V1valarob (Reply 18):
Anyone want to go to Dubai in March?

I might be going in April or May... Have longer off periods in my work schedule those months!  Smile

In the past 5 and a half years I've nonreved 26 times between Stockholm and Singapore, 1 trip to Hong Kong, 2 trips to the US, 1 round the world trip and too many to count intra-Europe trips!

With SAS selling off their Flight Academy division (where I work...) I'll be loosing nonrev benefits with other airlines right after the deal goes through and keep SK tickets for another two years.

But tickets with other airlines taken out before the deal is done will still be valid for 6 months so now I'm trying to plan all trips I'd like to make in the next 6 months...

Two more SIN trips, One DXB trip, One HKG trip, One crazy RTW-trip (Thinking STO-ZRH-JNB-ACC-ATL-LAX-SYD-HKG-LHR-STO)... Any other suggestions?
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:04 pm

Quoting SK973 (Reply 27):
Two more SIN trips, One DXB trip, One HKG trip, One crazy RTW-trip (Thinking STO-ZRH-JNB-ACC-ATL-LAX-SYD-HKG-LHR-STO)... Any other suggestions?

ARN-LHR-DXB-BKK-SYD-HNL-LAX-GRU-JNB-CPT-JNB-CAI-LHR-ARN?
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:35 pm

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 28):
ARN-LHR-DXB-BKK-SYD-HNL-LAX-GRU-JNB-CPT-JNB-CAI-LHR-ARN?

Nice routing you came up with there!!  bigthumbsup 

Though I'd like to get a VS and DL route in there as well...
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sun Feb 11, 2007 4:56 pm

some years ago I used the last time a non-rev ticket.... my mother works for an airline.... the last intercontinental non-rev ticket is more than 10 years ago.... due a very bad expirience I always book normal tickets, of course on cheapest booking classes...  Smile
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:20 pm

Getting an idea now...  Smile

ARN-LHR BA
LHR-JNB VS
JNB-CPT-EZE MH
Any way of getting from EZE to the US with DL?
JNB-ACC-ATL DL (Backup)
LAX-HNL
HNL-SYD
LAX-SYD (Backup)
SYD-SIN
SIN-DXB EK
DXB-ZRH LX
ZRH-ARN LX
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Mon Feb 12, 2007 6:56 am

I was thinking of a IAD-LHR-DXB-KIX-SFO-IAD. Its around the world, and I would have to overnight in DXB and KIX.

-Rob
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:09 am

Quoting SK973 (Reply 31):

ARN-LHR-JNB-CPT-EZE-ATL-LAX-HNL-SYD-AKL-SIN-DXB-ZRH-ARN
The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Tue Feb 13, 2007 1:32 am

Quoting Luketenley (Reply 5):
Both on US. Any suggestions with that?

Don't tick off the gate agents....really snobby in PHX. In their defense, they were probably tired as we were getting on the redeye to ORD at 11 pm.

Let's see, mty non rev experiences....

A friend of mine works for AA, when I came home from Korea in for leave in 2005, he gave me a D3 and I flew AA153 NRT-ORD in F. The crew was really great, probably because I bribed 'em a bit and got them a huge box of wrapped Godiva chocolates since it was 3 days before Christmas...

Now I work for YV here in PHX, my wife and I have non-reved to SBA for a weekend getaway, RJ flights are never too exciting, both were pretty empty, so it was easy on.

My wife and I have also gone home to Chicago twice in the last 2 months. I've found it's much easier to Non-rev on HP than US, US agents and F/A's just seem to have an overall bad attitude....maybe it's just me, but when I've heard it from 5 other people, maybe there's something to it. When I tell the F/A's we're non-revs, they all of a sudden decide to forget us, though HP F/A's are usually glad they have someone to chat with in the Aft galley...lol.

We got bumped off of 3 flights at ORD trying to get back to PHX, luckily catching the last early afternoon departure before having to wait until the evening.

We're planning a trip to England this summer, probably going to go PHX-PHL-MAN. I'll try and get the upgrades on the A330 to MAN, though I'm not holding my breath, as I've heard from all my co-workers that the US F product leaves a lot to be desired.
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:57 pm

Quoting Crjflyer35 (Reply 34):
We're planning a trip to England this summer, probably going to go PHX-PHL-MAN. I'll try and get the upgrades on the A330 to MAN, though I'm not holding my breath, as I've heard from all my co-workers that the US F product leaves a lot to be desired.

I have flown that route (PHL-MAN-PHL) twice in the past few months, since my friends live over in Manchester. I never once spent the money to upgrade to F. It just wasnt worth it as there where over 90 seats available in Y. The gate agents always where pretty nice and gave me a row to myself or a window seat if it was available.

If your not able to check the loads, shoot me a message and Ill let you know how its looking.

I love US but F class is not F class.

-Rob
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:16 am

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 28):
ARN-LHR-DXB-BKK-SYD-HNL-LAX-GRU-JNB-CPT-JNB-CAI-LHR-ARN?

How many days/weeks would you take this trip over?

Lee
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:42 pm

I've non-reved loads of times on many aircrafts (A319, A320, 737, 747, 757, 777, S340)

British Airways:
Short-haul:
LHR-EDI (9X)
LHR-CDG (5X)
LHR-GLA (2X)
LHR-GVA (1X)
LHR-AMS (1X)
LHR-TXL (1X)
ABZ-LHR (1X)

Long-haul:
LHR-SFO (5X)
LHR-LAX (4X)
LHR-JFK (3X)
LHR-MIA (3X)
LHR-IAD (1X)
LHR-SEA (2X)
LGW-MCO (1X)
LGW-TPA (1X)

Loganair:
EDI-WIC-LSI (1X)
LSI-ABZ (1X)

United Airlines
SFO-LAS (5X)

And hopefully this list will keep on expanding !
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Lan1981
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:38 pm

Has anyone used CO? I'm from BA and might be using them SEA-IAH-EZE in early March...any peeps from CO to give me any tips? My main concern is whether I should just buy a rev ticket between SEA and IAH, as it's not that expensive - unless someone can confirm the loads on the 1st March are ok!?

Thanks!

p.s. My airline (BA) tend to be very good for non-rev...staff will always try to accommodate non-revs...they even go as far as to upgrade if coach is full, rather than allow the flight to leave with empty seats...unlike some airlines I hear!

And a question for AF staff....are non-revs accepted in seniority or first-come first served?

Thanks!
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 16, 2007 4:35 am

Ia Orana Lan1981 !

At Air France we accept AF staff according to seniority for other airlines we will accept them according to the date they listed themselves with Air France.
Otherwise we will always try to put everyone on board and upgrade nonrev rather than leave them on the ground. We will upgrade AF employees first obviously than Skyteam people next...
I love nonrevving with BA, they are always nice to people !

Happy Flying,

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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:30 am

Thank-you AF Cabin Crew, that's nice of you to reply...btw, every time I operate to CDG pax always bring the AF inflight magazine aboard...I like this, because your route maps are very interesting...especially your African network! I'm hoping to fly EZE-CDG in mid-March...I tried to get on this flight before but it was completely oversold...shame, as I have never experienced AF, although their staff always look great...I believe we share the same hotels in ATH & CPH.

Take care
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:48 am

My non-rev experience

IB
MAD-SDR
MAD-PMI
MAD-GRX
MAD-BCN
MAD-SCQ
MAD-LCG
MAD-LIS
MAD-JNB
MAD-AMS
MAD-ZRH
SCL-MAD
MAD-LHR

LX
ZRH-HKG

QF
SYD-ADL
ADL-CBR
SYD-MEL
MEL-ADL
SYD-JNB
SIN-ADL
HKG-SYD

LA
SYD-SCL

KL
AMS-SIN

I must say I love flyin and I'm always greatfull for the oportunities they give me, all have been great.
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:01 am

Any experience with DL nonrev? I will soon have travel companion benefits. I'm wondering how possible it would be to take some europe trips this summer?
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Tue Feb 20, 2007 6:53 am

Quoting Shawn Patrick (Reply 42):
Any experience with DL nonrev?

Yep, ATL-RSW twice. Check-in for the connecting flight took a while both times (coming from AMS with KL, KL issued tickets) and the second time they insisted I needed a buddypass (which is something really from the US and KL doesn't have) so that nearly cost me my connection. Staff at the gate and on board were great (2nd time the gate angent asked me if I wanted to have an exit row, and I could even choose between window and aisle). Love the screens with the upgrades/non-revs, which is something that is not as common in Europe.
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:48 am

Quoting Shawn Patrick (Reply 42):
Any experience with DL nonrev? I will soon have travel companion benefits. I'm wondering how possible it would be to take some europe trips this summer?

Hi, you are going to be extremely pleased with DL nonrev travel. Europe in the summer is extremely tough, just a warning. Sometimes nonrevs must take sacrifices and visit destinations at some not-so-desirable times. (Winter for Europe, Summer for Carribean) If you have any questions regarding anything about DL non-rev travel feel free to PM me.
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611ATL
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sat Feb 24, 2007 7:10 pm

I've always been impressed out how easy (and low-tech) it is to non-rev on WN. Have taken them a few times in a pinch and the agents always seem so "empowered" and eager to help.

One pleasant surprise a few years back was in CDG. Due to a lost bag inbound from the US, my friend and I missed the first AF flight from CDG-LIS (the only one that was wide-open, according to the AF agent on the phone a few days prior). After approaching the AF counter in CDG, the agent asked what I did for my airline. I told her I was a F/A and she asked "do you and your friend mind flying on the jumpseat?" I explained that my friend was not a F/A herself, but we'd be more than happy to take the jumpseats. She then printed a jumpseat pass and personally escorted us through security and to the gate. At the gate, we were taken to the front of the line and boarded to find out we were given the COCKPIT jumpseats! Quite a treat. The crew treated us both like celebrities (bringing us fruit and champagne) and the captain gave us a sightseeing tour the whole way to Portugal. Oh, and when our checked bag arrived in LIS a few days later, an AF agent personally delivered them to our hotel. To top it all off, the day we were leaving to return to the US the French air traffic controllers went on strike. That morning we received a call in our hotel from an AF agent apologizing and informing us that she'd taken the liberty of booking us ID-75 on TP to MAD where we could connect to the States. I've never been so impressed and I spent the whole flight home writing numerous compliments to AF.
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sun Feb 25, 2007 2:17 am

Quoting PanAm747LHR (Reply 19):
So the NRT routing is looking iffy... All the CO flights are filling up. I think we're going to fly us (CO) to LGW, and then try Etihad from LGW to BKK via AUH. Anyone have any experience non-revving with EY?

I would recommend you to fly CO to FRA and take the EY flight from there to BKK. The connections are better, the loadfactors not that high and most probably I can do something for you here at FRA  Wink
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sun Feb 25, 2007 8:07 am

Quoting 611ATL (Reply 45):
The crew treated us both like celebrities (bringing us fruit and champagne)

I'm a little bit suprised they served you alcohol. I've sat in the jump seat a few times with Air Canada, and alcohol has, understandably, been off limits.
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Sun Feb 25, 2007 11:33 am

Ok, so here's my little rave for the day - I just non-revved last week with Air France from SIN to CDG. It was an absolutely miserable experience. Well, not totally - the staff at the check-in were very nice. "I can't upgrade you," the man said, without my saying anything about an upgrade. "However, there are 15 seats open in Business class, so I'm sure they will upgrade you on board." So I trotted off to the gate thinking that it was going to be a pleasant flight - WRONG.
When I got onboard, I asked to speak with the purser, as I always do, just to introduce myself. I had no intention of asking for an upgrade - I just figured she/he would if they wanted to. So I introduced myself, gave him a little box of chocolates, and he immediately said "Sorry, but I can't upgrade you - we're completely full in business class tonight."
Well, needless to say I was a little surprised, since the agent at check-in said there was plenty of space. At least I have 3 seats to myself, I thought. Wrong again. Another flight attendant appeared 5 minutes later, after the door had been shut, and upgraded SIX people sitting in front of me. Two parents and four children. I assume they were Air France staff. Anywho, there were clearly free seats. And to make matters worse, the same flight attendant came up to me and announced that she would be seating someone next to me so that she could seat two other people together in some of the seats that had just been vacated. All in all, the experience was a disaster. My IFE didn't work, my seat kept trying to go back up, and the crew was very surly and had a major attitude. Sorry folks, but I have to say Air France is not the way to go. I am definitely not anxious to fly with them again.
The rest of my trip report will be coming soon. (EWR-LGW on CO, LHR-HKG on QF, HKG-BKK on CI, BKK-KUL on AK, SIN-CDG-LHR on AF, LHR-EWR on BA.)
Happy Flying,

Nick
 
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RE: The NON-REV Thread

Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:13 pm

Well I recently got back from a round the world non-rev trip. YYC-YOW-IAD-CPH-HEL-TLL (via ferry)-HEL-CPH-FRA-HKG-YVR-YYC. I have quite a few pics, I might make a trip report if I have time. All the flights went perfect except for the YVR-YYC leg.

Kris

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