I thought this might be a nice place to discuss what we "Airline" employees get as far as benefits.
I work for a major airline based out of DFW (I bet you could figure out who??). I work in maintenance and have 32+ years with the company. Have worked in several 'stations' - DFW, AUS, PHX, DAL, & TUL over my career. I'm a mechanic an former CREW CHIEF of said profession. With the closing of a major maintenance base, AFW, I was afforded the ability to go back to where it all started - DFW. (Funny how all things seem to end up at the beginning).
Anyway - As things changed over the years - and schedules / amount of RPSM (revenue - passenger - seat -miles) increases - The ability of us 'Employees' to fly 'FREE" is a misnomer...
Let me digress here - As far as I remember, employees of airlines were in fact allowed to fly free - but with one exception - We did pay taxes and fees just like normal passengers do and we have to fly 'STANDBY'. I remember years ago (early 90's), I went to HNL for a vacation - I flew 'standby' and was awarded a first class ticket there. Now, I know all of you are saying "WOW - First Class" - But let me remind a few of you who are not savvy to the earlier plights of us "Airline Employees" - Protocol dictated that if I indeed was awarded a first class seat, I had to wear a "SUIT AND TIE" for the trip. Let me ask everyone a question - How many of you have flew to Hawaii in a suit and tie? Do you know what's like to be in an airplane cruising 7+ hrs in a suit and everyone else is in shorts and Hawaiian shirts? Well to my benefit, the crew aboard was great. The #1 flight attendant came up to me after we got to cruising altitude and asked if I had anything else to wear. I said yes, and she then told me to go change into it. What a difference, my flight there was to be remembered for life!! I I might tell the story at a later time of said flight attendant was single and so was I !!
So - Fast forward to today - Believe it or not - I "BUY" tickets to go on vacation. While it is true I get discounts on the lowest fare published, I still pay what everyone else does. I might get XXX$ off the fare (believe me it's not as much as you think). I usually fly into the city of cruise the day before because, (ah-Your getting it now), in case the flight is delayed and grab a hotel.
You want to know the funniest thing?? I often use my miles to get tickets!!!!! Go figure!!
Flame me if you want!! i will answer any questions you throw out there.