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When a passenger travels on a flight without a prior reservation for that specific flight.

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How can I sign up for standby on an earlier flight at Pune International Airport?

How can I sign up for standby on an earlier flight if I'm not permitted into the airport until my scheduled departure? The airline has confirmed availability on a flight 3.5 hours earlier and said I ...
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Emirates ID90 multi-segment booking rules (standby / subload / staff tickets)

Does anybody know exactly what rules apply to booking these tickets? You can book up to 6 segments and if there is something the system doesn't like you usually get the message "two departures ...
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Does traveling without checked-in luggage increase the odds that a standby passenger gets into their flight?

I read on https://flybytheseatofourpants.com/flying-on-a-buddy-pass/: Travel Light. Traveling on standby means you might not get on a flight. Checking bags to your final destination can be ...
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How likely is standby on Austrian Airlines?

I booked a flight LAX to VIE on Austrian Airlines and somehow booked the return August 30 instead of July 30! Tickets have ballooned in price to astronomical rates :(. How likely is it that I get on ...
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How can I find the price for NRSA (non-revenue space-available) tickets for Delta?

Given a flight route and date/time, how can I find out the price of NRSA (non-revenue space-available) tickets for Delta Air Lines?
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Is it possible to buy a standby ticket weeks in advance and not choose your destination?

I would like to verify if the following is possible: Person's parent's were airline employees for a long time, and has discount rates They purchase a ticket several weeks in advance of the date of ...
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Standby shipping of my stuff from Thailand to Vietnam

I currently reside in Thailand with a student visa. In about 9 months, I would likely have to exit Thailand to try to make another Thailand student visa. If so, I would probably do it in Vietnam. If ...
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Do domestic ferry companies in Japan sell "standby" tickets when passengers cancel very late or don't show up for their reservations?

I'm in Hokkaido, Japan and it's Golden Week so many things are booked out, including longer distance ferries. Japanese ferry websites have always been quite bad. No English version, text as images in ...
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Assistance for an elderly non-revenue air passenger

Should one ask for extra assistance from gate agents and other airline employees for a non-revenue passenger who is over 80 years old and hard-of-hearing? The 80-year-old would be traveling by ...
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What happens at connections when flying standby from the US?

If I’m flying as a non-revenue/standby passenger from the US to Singapore through Narita, how will I know when I’ve been cleared on the standby list in Narita and Singapore? Is there a screen in ...
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How can I get standby for free for an earlier United flight from my connecting city?

I'm flying United from DTW to ORD to SFO. However, I have a 3 hour layover at ORD and, in that time window, there are 2-3 earlier flights that depart to SFO from ORD. If I'm not mistaken, United ...
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Odds of getting a stand-by seat on July 4th in the US

I'm needing to fly one way from SEA to MCI on 4th of July weekend. I work for an airline (a cargo airline) and I'm planning on purchasing non-rev interline standby tickets. I have some flexibility ...
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Is it possible to fly stand-by on international flights at Tokyo Narita airport with JAL?

Anybody has and experience in stand-by (looks like they don't use the word stand-by, instead it's called 空席待ち in Japanese FYI) at Tokyo Narita with Japan Airlines (JAL)? I've tried to look up online ...
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Does anyone still offer standby without already having paid another fare?

Several websites tell me that "nobody" will let you fly "standby" except as a change to a fare already bought. Is there anyone that will still sell a cheap "next unsold seat" fare? I'm retired and ...
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Time to Recheck Bag?

I hold an American passport and will be returning from Amsterdam. The flight goes from Amsterdam to KEF in Iceland, there is 2 hour layover, then I continue to Newark. This portion of the trip was ...
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Why do airlines now charge for flying standby in the US?

Previously if you wanted to fly standby or arrived early for a connection you could put yourself on the Standby list for free. If there was room you could board in a win-win, i.e. the plane was ...
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Stand-By Flights, Regardless of Destination? [duplicate]

I've started seeing commercials for some company doing a kind of "travel roulette" where a traveler is randomly given a destination and their vacation is free if they agree to go right now. Which is ...
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How do you fly on standby without a ticket/boarding pass?

I know that when you have a boarding pass, and are just trying to get an earlier flight, you can get on a standby list at the gate and wait to see what happens. However, if you are trying to fly for ...
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Flying stand by from US to Europe -- is it still worth it, and if so, how to do it?

The title summarizes my question pretty well. Basically, I'm looking for a cheap way to fly from California to Europe (Germany, preferably). Since I have to fly this route several times a year, and I'...
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