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Old 01-13-2020, 05:42 AM   #1  
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Default Commutable lines?

Are all the majority of lines at Legacy carriers commutable? And does that basically mean late starts on day 1 and early endings on the last day?


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Old 01-13-2020, 06:53 AM   #2  
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It all depends. Some factors are seat seniority, plane type, how much commute time is reasonable to the individual.

A while back I met a guy who commuted DEN to Anchorage, then there was the guy who lived in Canada & flew out of GA. Weve had some commute across the Atlantic for family reasons.

In general, it can be an extra 4 hours to 1/2 a day on each end to work it out. Im generally of the mindset to do what you have to getting settled, but try to avoid 25 years of commuting by air.

Many of us average driving to work once a week, we can live further out than average. With that, we have options. Draw a 2.5 hour circle around the airport based, look there.

Some tricks are to bunch up trips, maybe get a private pad near the based airport. The commuter will always have criteria excluding a good number of trips, perfectly fine trips for the non-commuter.

Yeah, if one wants to spend their life at the airport, most any commuting schedule is doable.
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Some airlines have mostly or all trips which are not commutable on both ends (ex. SWA).

G4 has essentially all day trips, so it might be commutable but it would not make sense at all unless you live in base.

Most airlines have a mix. The non-commutable day trips (and 2-days) tend to go to the locals.

Typically at most majors you can get mostly commmutable trips fairly quickly, but that depends on base and equipment, need to research that before bidding into something. Many commuters may need to buy 1-2 hotels per month, that IMO is preferable to a crashpad but each to his own.

Lots of people commute at legacies, it won't be a problem. You might have to pay some dues as a new-hire if you get stuck on a type/base which is less commutable.

Also at hubs in major metro areas, the locals' idea of commutable might be different than yours... they probably want to show before 0700 and finish after 1900, so they don't sit in traffic.
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Old 01-13-2020, 08:19 AM   #4  
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Commute Im considering for the short term is SMF-LAX. Initially it looks like SWA has 9 direct flight to and from most days, spread equally through the day. I hope thats one of the easier commutes out there.


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