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DarkSideMoon
11-26-2017, 08:58 AM
Hey everyone;

Trying to get a handle on the UA nonrev benefits after being in the Delta system for ages. Just a few questions-

Are we eligible for vacation passes?
Are we eligible for the service fee waived low priority code?

My mom, dad, and primary friend were all being charged somewhere between 60-75 dollars to list on a domestic flight. They listed in coach, and it's my understanding that immediate family and eligible friends don't pay service fees unless they're in first/business. Any idea what these charges are? The website gives no detail other than the total bill.

Obviously I'll get in touch with our pass bureau when they reopen tomorrow, but I figured I'd ask here in the interim.


NYGiantsFan
11-27-2017, 07:08 AM
Hey everyone;

Trying to get a handle on the UA nonrev benefits after being in the Delta system for ages. Just a few questions-

Are we eligible for vacation passes?
Are we eligible for the service fee waived low priority code?

My mom, dad, and primary friend were all being charged somewhere between 60-75 dollars to list on a domestic flight. They listed in coach, and it's my understanding that immediate family and eligible friends don't pay service fees unless they're in first/business. Any idea what these charges are? The website gives no detail other than the total bill.

Obviously I'll get in touch with our pass bureau when they reopen tomorrow, but I figured I'd ask here in the interim.

Vacation Passes are only for United Crew. The regional carriers don't get those benefits. You should get no charge for domestic flights. Your family and travel companion will be charged around $36 one-way for travel domestic. International it is a bit more for your family and travel companion, it depends on where you go, but it could be $80 one-way up to $120 one-way. You should beable to see all the charges once you book it on EmployeeRes website Btw, regional carriers are SA5 listing code which is always last on the standby list... HAVE FUN!! LOL

Grumbletrousers
11-27-2017, 08:52 AM
Vacation Passes are only for United Crew. The regional carriers don't get those benefits. You should get no charge for domestic flights. Your family and travel companion will be charged around $36 one-way for travel domestic. International it is a bit more for your family and travel companion, it depends on where you go, but it could be $80 one-way up to $120 one-way. You should beable to see all the charges once you book it on EmployeeRes website Btw, regional carriers are SA5 listing code which is always last on the standby list... HAVE FUN!! LOL

SA5 is 4/5 of the way down the standby listings. Once you non-rev enough times youíll know what routes are busiest at different times and seasons. Itís not what it used to be in the late 90s and early 2000s but itís still relatively easy. The domestic side at least.


DarkSideMoon
11-27-2017, 09:38 AM
Vacation Passes are only for United Crew. The regional carriers don't get those benefits. You should get no charge for domestic flights. Your family and travel companion will be charged around $36 one-way for travel domestic. International it is a bit more for your family and travel companion, it depends on where you go, but it could be $80 one-way up to $120 one-way. You should beable to see all the charges once you book it on EmployeeRes website Btw, regional carriers are SA5 listing code which is always last on the standby list... HAVE FUN!! LOL

Thanks for the rundown! My dad is ex-comair so I've been spoiled by totally free Delta benefits over the years.

Still an awesome perk though!

DarkSideMoon
11-27-2017, 09:39 AM
SA5 is 4/5 of the way down the standby listings. Once you non-rev enough times youíll know what routes are busiest at different times and seasons. Itís not what it used to be in the late 90s and early 2000s but itís still relatively easy. The domestic side at least.

I try to let the loads determine my destination rather than picking someplace to go and then trying to force my way there. Makes life way less stressful. If I have to be somewhere I'll just spring for a real ticket.

squib
11-29-2017, 07:43 PM
There have been multiple publications from the company and union on this along with 2 different websites with more documents answering every one of your questions.

DarkSideMoon
11-29-2017, 07:52 PM
There have been multiple publications from the company and union on this along with 2 different websites with more documents answering every one of your questions.

Never saw anything on it from the union. Might have been sent before I started. Found a good summary on the AW website after I asked on here. Figured it couldn't hurt to ask in addition to poking around myself. No shame in asking for a point in the right direction.

Thanks for the warm welcome.

squib
11-29-2017, 08:02 PM
Never saw anything on it from the union. Might have been sent before I started. Found a good summary on the AW website after I asked on here. Figured it couldn't hurt to ask in addition to poking around myself. No shame in asking for a point in the right direction.

Thanks for the warm welcome.

So you signed up for the benefits before reading the document pertaining to what you signed up for?

Welcome aboard, there's a semi warm cookie waiting for you at a doubletree location in your future.

DarkSideMoon
11-29-2017, 08:22 PM
So you signed up for the benefits before reading the document pertaining to what you signed up for?

Welcome aboard, there's a semi warm cookie waiting for you at a doubletree location in your future.

I signed up because I'm familiar enough with nonrevving to know I'd want the benefits, even if they come with stipulations. Į\_(ツ)_/Į. The details weren't a make or break thing for me.

No lukewarm doubletree cookies for me, you ever look at the calorie count? I swear they're made of pure lard.

cobraplt
01-25-2018, 12:52 PM
I'm new to this got an interview next month. My question is- there are no airports around me with AW service, just Mesa and XpressJet as United Express. So if my wife wanted to travel(and me on vacation) do we have to pay for a pass for her to get on a flight?

BigZ
01-25-2018, 03:38 PM
I'm new to this got an interview next month. My question is- there are no airports around me with AW service, just Mesa and XpressJet as United Express. So if my wife wanted to travel(and me on vacation) do we have to pay for a pass for her to get on a flight?
United nonrev - you can fly on whichever flight says "United", regardless of who operates it

StrykerB21
01-25-2018, 04:24 PM
I'm new to this got an interview next month. My question is- there are no airports around me with AW service, just Mesa and XpressJet as United Express. So if my wife wanted to travel(and me on vacation) do we have to pay for a pass for her to get on a flight?

No she would be able to non rev on all United and United Express carriers within the United States free of charge.

DarkSideMoon
01-25-2018, 04:28 PM
No she would be able to non rev on all United and United Express carriers within the United States free of charge.

There's still a segment fee.

PontiusPilot
01-25-2018, 05:18 PM
There's still a segment fee.

There is no segment fee for the spouse.

DarkSideMoon
01-25-2018, 06:45 PM
There is no segment fee for the spouse.

Really? Lame. Guess I should marry my designated buddy.

squib
01-25-2018, 07:36 PM
It's so terrible to have to pay $30-70 for a flight anywhere in the world. :rolleyes:

Day4mx
01-26-2018, 04:04 AM
I'm new to this got an interview next month. My question is- there are no airports around me with AW service, just Mesa and XpressJet as United Express. So if my wife wanted to travel(and me on vacation) do we have to pay for a pass for her to get on a flight?

Awa or any other ua express carrier or mainline youll pay a little to get her on.

BigZ
01-26-2018, 04:53 AM
It's so terrible to have to pay $30-70 for a flight anywhere in the world. :rolleyes:

"Anywhere in the world" incurs taxes and fees, that comes up to a good bit more than $30-70

StrykerB21
01-26-2018, 09:22 AM
"Anywhere in the world" incurs taxes and fees, that comes up to a good bit more than $30-70

Its not that bad. I think pilots get spoiled by the benefits and groan at having to spend a hundred bucks to go to Japan. So terrible, how do we manage.

DarkSideMoon
01-26-2018, 09:59 AM
It's so terrible to have to pay $30-70 for a flight anywhere in the world. :rolleyes:

Never said it was "terrible", but compared to Delta benefits where you can fly anywhere in the world in business class for the cost of the landing and customs fees it isn't the greatest.

Have you priced out some of the international flying? It's still a good deal but it's hardly free. I'm happy to have the benefits but you can be happy with something and also realize it has downsides.

squib
01-26-2018, 10:29 AM
Never said it was "terrible", but compared to Delta benefits where you can fly anywhere in the world in business class for the cost of the landing and customs fees it isn't the greatest.

Have you priced out some of the international flying? It's still a good deal but it's hardly free. I'm happy to have the benefits but you can be happy with something and also realize it has downsides.

I've filled two passports in less than a decade so yea, I've priced out international flying. It's a steal. Pilots seriously complain about everything.