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Anyone working for a major airline? Can anyone comment if it’s true employees get free flights? Saw a Consultant role I’m interested in and just wanted to hear about this particular perk and how people utilized it.

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From my experience, yes but flying by standby only.

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Used to work at one. The flight benefits vary widely by company. Worked at one that gave 1x/year with heavy restrictions and another that was 5x/year that was fairly liberal in its policies. But it’s always standby only.

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My sister worked for south west and got free flights. Basically you’re on standby for the flight and if the flights full, you’re outta luck. She’s flown jump seat before though which is pretty cool. Hard to plan but if your travel is flexible then it’s doable. She was also able to gift 2 passes to our parents so they flew free as well.

One cool thing they did as new hires was have breakfast on the east coast, lunch in the Midwest, dinner in the west coat - all in one day.

Buddy worked at AA. He traveled all over the world. Yes it was always stand by but on their internal booking system you can see how full the flight is. So he was adaptable but he never got stranded. Sometimes he had to take weird routes home but he just got really good at using the system. No limit on flights but just limits on buddy passes. His parents, partners and kids (if he had them) all fly standby for free. The more years of service you have eventually stand by turns into confirmed flights.

Nice! Did he work in a corporate role there?

I worked for a major airline as a co-op in college and got to fly standby. Domestic flights were free and I only had to pay airport departure taxes on international flights. You can see how full flights are and *attempt* to plan, but things can change. I spent many weekends in college in Europe.

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