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Old 10-27-2007, 08:03 PM   #1
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anyone work for the airlines? can get hookup on tickets?

if so pm me, im trying to surprise the gf by meeting her in seattle so i can see her over the new year instead of being 3k miles apart (she cried when she found out we wouldn't be together for new years:/

If anyone would be willing to use their frequent flyer miles, and me give them some cash in exchange for it that would be cool too.

looks like the cheapest ill get a ticket is around $500, and with the cost of renting snowboarding gear ontop of that, its a bit much
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Old 10-28-2007, 12:46 PM   #2
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IAH to Seattle on continental.com is $444-414. I searched the 28th through the 3rd +/- 3 days. Direct flights.
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my mom works 4continental & gets buddy passes pretty cheap; HOWEVER, the problem is ur on "standby" which is HUGE, ESPECIALLY during holidays & bad weather season, Nov-Jan.

Flights r intentionally "overbook" to make sure there r no empty seats so now a days even PAYING CUSTOMERS r getting "bumped"!

U being a "buddy standby" puts u VERY last in line when there r empty seats to fill (paying customers, standby paying customers, travelling employees and their family, & THEN "buddy standby's"). That means anywhere from 10 to 20 people r in line BEFORE u for 8-20 seats! In bad cases it could take u a day or 2 to get where u r going!

I've been flying as employees family for 23 yrs & my advise is to PURCHASE a ticket thru expedia or even directly thru an airline (ie: southwest, continental, blue) WAAAAYYYY in advance & u'll come out just as cheap if not cheaper than a hookup that may or may not get u there!
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Old 10-28-2007, 01:34 PM   #4
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Those "Buddy" passes still cost the employee $100 or more. Standby has become very difficult, I've been stuck for days. Your best bet is to constantly check the websites listed above over the next few weeks. Pricing defies all logic, it will suddenly plunge to $250 or so then rise back up the next day.
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Old 10-28-2007, 01:42 PM   #5
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Also fly on tues to thurs; prices go way up on Fri-Mon
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Those "Buddy" passes still cost the employee $100 or more. Standby has become very difficult, I've been stuck for days. Your best bet is to constantly check the websites listed above over the next few weeks. Pricing defies all logic, it will suddenly plunge to $250 or so then rise back up the next day.

+1 to all, my point in a nut shell!
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Old 10-28-2007, 02:50 PM   #7
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I have a lot of coupons/vouchers from American Airlines (totalling $150) and United (totalling $125, I think). I'll sell them to you for 1/4 the price....they are as good as cash =)

I have 80~k FF miles on both Delta and American but I am saving those for Dubai, Japan or wherever I will purchase my wife.
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thanks for all the help guys, i will definatly try to fly up there on tuesday.
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my mom works 4continental & gets buddy passes pretty cheap; HOWEVER, the problem is ur on "standby" which is HUGE, ESPECIALLY during holidays & bad weather season, Nov-Jan.

Flights r intentionally "overbook" to make sure there r no empty seats so now a days even PAYING CUSTOMERS r getting "bumped"!

U being a "buddy standby" puts u VERY last in line when there r empty seats to fill (paying customers, standby paying customers, travelling employees and their family, & THEN "buddy standby's"). That means anywhere from 10 to 20 people r in line BEFORE u for 8-20 seats! In bad cases it could take u a day or 2 to get where u r going!

I've been flying as employees family for 23 yrs & my advise is to PURCHASE a ticket thru expedia or even directly thru an airline (ie: southwest, continental, blue) WAAAAYYYY in advance & u'll come out just as cheap if not cheaper than a hookup that may or may not get u there!
+1 on that. I am always telling friends to purchase a ticket way in advance because they will have a better chance of getting to their destination.

I work for Continental also and I will not even travel on New Years or any other big date like that. I go places in the off season on my passes. And the way we have been filling planes up this year you may even have trouble during those times. You have plenty of time, look around like the suggestions above.
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