The glory days are gone. Large planes have been replaced by regional jets. Elites get complimentary upgrades so employees hardly ever see first class, especially domestically. Every airline has cut capacity as well. So standby travel is 100x harder than it used to be.Originally Posted by NEPASue;3816329;
For Delta (which is who Jake would have his benefits afforded), he would fly as an S3c. He flies below Delta and Northwest staff, below their companions, below Delta employees parents, below Delta retirees and equal to those who work for Delta's other regional carriers. The stand by list is dictated by date of hire and then class. He has a good date of hire, but he is only ahead of buddy list people and those who are standing by from other airlines. He flies behind a Delta employee hired last week. It used to just be about date of hire, but after the merger, regional employees took a major back seat to Delta and Northwest people. It is really sad when parents of other employees fly ahead of people who make their living with a Delta subsidiary.
They do have interline agreements with other airlines so they can fly free or discounted, but they fly at the back of their standby list. They are behind everyone else -- employees, companions/spouses, parents, subsidiary employees, and buddy list people. And their status among other airline employees who don't work for the airline they're trying to stand by on goes simply by when they listed themselves for standby.
It is not that easy and not a lot of fun. Air travel as we knew it pre-9/11 is gone. It is now a nickel and dime business where employees are underpaid and overworked. I am not sure your mom would love that job so much any more.