My airline just signed its first ZED agreement with another carrier and we are getting XXX standby tickets per year on TAM flights. However, I am wondering if these tickets really are ZED tickets because our interline dept told me I will only have to pay for the airport taxes (rather than a certain amount depending on the distance flown)... So as I'm new on non-revving on other airlines here are my questions...
1º I'm looking forward to use these tickets so I was planning to fly MAD-GRU-EZE someday around the 20th Sept and going back to Spain on the 7-9th Oct weekend. Maybe an insider could give some lights? I know it's incredibly early to know whether I will manage to non-rev or not but maybe someone can give advices such as "end of Sept is a busy holidays period", "better flying on Wednesday than Friday/Saturday" or "MAD-GRU is an incredibly busy route all year round". Additionally I would like to fly to GRU-SLZ-GRU around 21st-24th Sept so I would like to know if it is a busy route.
2º How do I know if it's a ZED ticket or just a current stand-by one? Does it appears printed somewhere on the coupon?
3º If it is a ZED ticket, I guess I can use it on Iberia also even if my airline has just signed the agreement with TAM? (that would make things a lot easier as TAM has just one flight compared to IB.
Any help will be really appreciated!