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What is staff travel?

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What does staff travel mean?

Staff travel is a benefit for (retired) airline employees, travel industry employees, their family members or close friends (often called "buddy passes"). Staff travel tickets can be purchased at a fraction of the costs of a standard ticket, but are only granted if there are unsold seats available. They are used extensively throughout the airline industry.

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What are non-rev passengers?

Non-rev passengers (also referred to as standby passengers or nonrevs) are passengers who fly on discount tickets. These tickets are sometimes called ID90 (for 90% discount) or ZED (for Zonal Employee Discount) tickets. In other words: non-rev passengers are passengers who are not producing revenue for the airline.

See below for the benefits and downsides of staff travel tickets.

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Who can staff travel?

People who work for an airline often have the benefit of being eligible for staff travel. Depending on their airline's policy, their family members and friends can join them on their flights for the same, low fee.

We estimate there are about 10 million people worldwide who are eligible for staff travel.

Please let us know if you have a more accurate estimate.

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What are the benefits of staff travel?

Freedom and flexibility! That is how most airline employees would praise staff travel. We can travel the world at severely reduced prices. Also, we can change our plans at any time as staff travel tickets are as flexible as it gets: they're valid for months and can be cancelled for free.

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What are the downsides of staff travel?

Uncertainty. If the flight is full, we don't get on board. Often, this is decided at the very last moment. On busy routes, flights may be overbooked for days.

At StaffTraveler, we decided to make your staff travel trips easier and less stressful by getting you in touch with the people who can look up the number of available seats. For the first time, you can accurately estimate your chances of getting onboard, by having access to accurate, reliable flight loads.

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Can I staff travel on all airlines?

Depending on your airline's agreements with other airlines, there may be many other airlines that you can purchase staff travel tickets for. Please check with your airline which agreements they have made.

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How to book a staff travel ticket?

This depends on your airline. myIDTravel is a popular choice for airlines, but your airline might have a proprietary system. Please ask your airline if you are unsure about booking your staff travel tickets.

Please note that myIDTravel indicates the loads in a funny way, based on smileys. These indications are not exact and have proven to be unreliable. We've got your back: you can request exact and reliable flight loads with our StaffTraveler app.

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How to get the seat availability?

You came to the right place! We have created the StaffTraveler app to enable you to check theloadsfor the flights you wish to travel on. With our advanced flight search engine, you can easily find the perfect flights to your destination. With one tap, you can request the loads of all the possible flights. People at the airlines you wish to travel with will answer your requests, enabling you to choose the perfect route and time to travel. Join our 125,000 members today.

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Where can I download the StaffTraveler app?

You can download the StaffTraveler app for iOS or Android here. We hope you'll like it!

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Lingo

Some more airline jargon please!

Entering the world of staff travel can be daunting at first. Here is some slang to get you started.

Synonyms for staff travel
  • Non-rev travel
  • Non-revenue travel
  • Pass travel
  • Interline travel
  • Jumpseating
  • ID90
  • ID75
  • ZED Travel
People who staff travel
  • Non-rev'er
  • Non-revenue passenger
  • Standby passenger
  • StaffTraveler
Tips

Do you have some more tips and tricks?

We wrote a blog with the 10 golden rules of staff travel. Here you go!

Do you have questions about StaffTraveler? We are happy to help you! Check our help pages.

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