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Flying On The Holiday Day?

Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:47 pm

Just a thought, do you get a better experience with an airline if you fly on the holiday day its self.

New Years day, Christmas Day, Thanks Giving.

If most people have done their travelling by then in order to get from A to B are the planes more open and the journey less stressful, just a thought.  
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:15 pm

I've flown WestJet on Canada Day (July 1). They give free Molson Canadian beer  

I'm flying AC YVR-YYC late on Dec 24 and will arrive in YYC on Dec 25. Will let you know if they do anything special.....although I doubt it.

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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Fri Dec 11, 2015 8:30 pm

A couple of years ago I flew LAX-LHR departing 31 Decmber and arriving 1 January. Really, it was like any other day. Flight full, nothing special going on. Only thing was that the captain wished us a happy new year once we landed in London.
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:06 pm

I have flown on WN on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day-people seemed more relaxed and in good spirits.
 
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:12 pm

I flew DL and they made all the passengers sing 2 Christmas songs which was quite fun  .
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:26 pm

I've flown on Christmas, New Year and Thanksgiving days and I do not recall anything out of the ordinary. My favorite is an outbound international flight within a few days of Thanksgiving. The international terminals are quiet and security lines are as short as they get!
 
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Sat Dec 12, 2015 12:28 pm

Depends on what you deem 'better experience'!

I've flown long haul on xmas day, xmas eve and new years day. Xmas day and eve: they served an xmas dinner and the cabin crew were dolled up with tinsel in their hair and around their name badges (on VS but not on BA). Lots of merry xmas wishes during boarding and deplaning.

New years day - nothing of note except new year wishes on the PA and when boarding etc...
 
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:03 am

Flown on New Years Eve into New Years Day transatlantic many times. Originally you might get a free drink, more recently nothing at all, except a greeting.

Most noticeable was that very many airport staff wanted to be elsewhere and were more miserable than usual, airport facilities closed or understaffed for the few passengers in flight and very limited transport options on the east side of the pond due to Christmas /New Year closedown.
 
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:44 am

I travel often on Christmas Day. One of my crew put tinsel up on the first few rows of the cabin and a wreath on the cockpit door
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:14 pm

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 4):

Well, I'm sure some idiot filed a complaint about this later. Because it's outrageous to have sung songs related to a Christian holiday when there might have been people of other religions or even atheists present. They could have been deeply offended. *sarcasm*
 
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:54 pm

I was actually scheduled to fly back to work on December 25th with WestJet, but I took an extra week off instead  

It would have been an interesting experience though, typically, our flight only sees a handful of people as is, I reckon I would have been the only one on the plane this time LOL!
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:18 pm

Holidays are good for non-reving! And the F class upgrade likelihood goes up.
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:12 pm

Quoting readytotaxi (Thread starter):
Just a thought, do you get a better experience with an airline if you fly on the holiday day its self.

I've found that I usually see better airfares when looking at flights for travel on the holiday itself.
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:28 am

Quoting flynhi808 (Reply 11):
Holidays are good for non-reving!

Agreed. Empty flights everywhere.

I flew a transatlantic leg on New Years Eve into New Years Day, 100+ empty seats on the plane. The flight attendants came around with Champagne somewhere over Greenland, but otherwise a normal flight.
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:53 am

The Christmas morning SIN-LHR always used to be empty with like 80 passengers or less on it.
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:53 pm

Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 13):
Agreed. Empty flights everywhere.

Not so much on short haul flights because most airlines extensively cancel down. We fly BNA-CHI on Christmas day every year, and our flights are generally full. But, there are many fewer flights, so the airport experience is more pleasant.

Special events onboard depend largely on the carrier and on the crew. A Jewish friend who is a WN captain always bids trips that include Christmas because he can get better trips than his seniority would otherwise allow. I've not flown with him but imagine that he doesn't do much to recognize the day since it's not "his" holiday.
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:29 pm

Quoting EricAY05 (Reply 9):

Actually everyone enjoyed it (thank goodness no one decided to sue the airline when we were singin it because I would have hated to wait 2 extra hours). The route was LGA-RSW so I dought there were many passengers of another faith but if there was I would totally understand what their situation would be.
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RE: Flying On The Holiday Day?

Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:36 am

asked a similar question elsewhere, as I was dreading the Day before thanksgiving nonsense.


As it turns out, it was seamless to travel the day prior to Thanksgiving. In fact, the Tuesday after was a bit busier IMHO.

Travel the day of is indeed quieter but I would not travel the day of just to avoid the day before stress. Simply put, travel the day before was fine.
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