Upgrd 20: Please Stand By

Welcome to this week's frequent flyer show discussing stand by options when flying. We discuss options when you want to take an earlier or later flight on your day of travel. In addition we discuss:

  • The disturbing Continental 3407 NTSB recreation video
  • The poor American Airlines AAdvantage award redemption change
  • Confirmed standby and routing changes when standing by
  • and other recent news

We would appreciate your feedback in our first listener survey so we can learn more about your flying habits. The survey is only 9 questions and should be very quick to complete.

Please leave a comment, we want to hear from you!

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spkg May 21, 2009 at 01:18 pm

A question for lucky, you mentioned about using the flat tire rule to standby for a longer routing, i've always been "forced" by either the UA automated system or a TA to be confirmed on the most direct routing, is the standby option somesort of 1K only perk? (I'm still a measly 1P).

Lucky May 22, 2009 at 08:18 am

Hi spkg,

Sorry if I wasn't clear, but I don't really use the flat tire rule to standby for longer routings. I've actually never had to use the flat tire rule out of my home airport.

Standing by for a longer routing has nothing to do with status. I can discuss this in more detail on a future podcast, because there are a few tricks to getting standby on a longer routing, including what I mentioned in this podcast about getting stuck somewhere being your own liability.

Stay tuned and thanks for listening!

spkg May 22, 2009 at 09:05 am

I still have no idea how you managed to standby for a routing that you're not confirmed on. I understand the concept of needing the reuired numbers of coupons, but if I have a confirmed ticket for BUF-ORD-SFO, I have no idea how I would be able to standby for BUF-IAD-SFO.

p.s. just did you survey, i like how the format is just like the UA surveys.

Lucky May 22, 2009 at 09:18 am

Oh, that's easy. Just go to the gate for the flight you want to take. You can easily standby for the same routing if it's the same number of segments. No tricks required, it's just like normal standby.

spkg May 22, 2009 at 09:18 am

Yeah, but how do you standby by for a flight on a different routing. I've tried standing by for a iad flight when I have a ord boarding pass and I always get refused.

Lucky May 22, 2009 at 10:08 am

You're best off showing at the airport without having checked in. Tell the check-in agent you want to standby for your trip to XYZ, but instead want to go via IAD/ORD/DEN/whatever. They'll be able to put you on standby for the routing you want. I've had 100% success, and it's fully within the rules.

spkg May 22, 2009 at 10:18 am

i see, thanks

chaptwo May 24, 2009 at 10:08 am

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