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Commuting To Work

Sun Feb 22, 2004 4:32 pm

Who here commutes to work by air, FA/pilot or neither? What are the advantages and or disadvantages of doing this? If you fly on passes, what happens if the flight is full?

Edit: Thx Superfly for the hint

[Edited 2004-02-22 09:07:25]
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RE: Commuting To Work

Sun Feb 22, 2004 4:37 pm

Well I commute to work via subway.
I am not a pilot or flight attendant.
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RE: Commuting To Work

Sun Feb 22, 2004 5:23 pm

There are loads of flight attendants and Pilots that commute to work. Some live in extremely far away places. We have some pilots and flight attendants that live in the UK, yet they commute to Houston for their work schedule. Some live in Guatemala, some live in Los Angeles etc.

Commmuting inflight crew tend to back up their schedule so that they are only commuting at the beginning and end of their schedule as opposed to between every trip. So for example if they fly IAH-CDG, they would rearrange their schedule so that they do 4 trips in a row, as opposed to doing one per week.

Lastly, if the flight that you are commuting on is full, and you cannot get to work, it is a serious problem. It is considered a missed trip, and more than one of them and the union cannot help are gone. Commuters know this, and plan accordingly. Seldom do you find commuters coming in with close connections for work etc. It is not worth taking the chance on being bumped, or delayed and then losing your job.

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RE: Commuting To Work

Sun Feb 22, 2004 9:25 pm

Since you need to make sure you are at your base in plenty of time when you commute, do commuters fly in like a day in advance and stay in hotels or what? I would think that would get expensive. How do you do it if say your base is IAH and you live in LA?
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RE: Commuting To Work

Mon Feb 23, 2004 4:04 am

Im a F/A for AA. And I've been commuting from Mexico to the US for 10 years. It's great being able to live where you want to live, and still work where you love to work. I really feel lucky, and no, I wouldn't change it for anything. I tried moving back to Miami 3 years ago, but only to find out that the commute is worth every hassle. Sometimes having to wait 3 or 4 hours for a flight home, after working a 81/2 hour flight can seem tiresome, but as I said, it's defenitely worth it.
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RE: Commuting To Work

Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:20 am

I used to work for a company and set-up a program here in Hawaii that required me to service this account three times a week on the Outer Islands. For two months straight, I traveled as follows:

Mon - OGG
Tue - KOA
Wed - LIH
Thurs & Friday - HNL

My office was actually in HNL. The company I worked for bought me a "commuter" pass with HA each month. Essentially like a "bus" pass. I would call up HA, identify myself as a "commuter", and make reservations for the flights I wanted to travel on. When I got to the airport, I would show my ID and pass, essentially a piece of paper like a business card, and be issued a boarding pass, normally with a u/g to F.

After purchasing two passes, back to back, HA upgraded me to Platinum status in their FF program. Oh and each month that I purchased a pass, they banked 20,000 miles into my account. No per flight miles, just a bulk of miles. It was very very nice.
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RE: Commuting To Work

Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:25 am

There's a guy in my neighborhood who commuted to DFW each week to work for AA Maintance. He lives in Southern Jersey and every Sunday he travels to DFW to work for AA and then arrives back home Wednesday or Thursday. Not sure if he still does it though. However he did say that it was nice because the airline paid for his flights and he had many FF miles but then he was away from his family for 4 days.
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RE: Commuting To Work

Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:49 am

I know a few pilots who commute and have apartments in their domicile city. Then they arrive a day or two before their trip. This way you are all rested and ready to go at departure time.
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