Travel Plans & Packing Tips : How to Attempt Flying Standby

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Hi everyone, I’m Russ Handler, travel expert
and you know what? Maybe you want to fly standby. You know, a lot of people are doing that more
and more these days. That’s because you get to buy a cheap ticket and then perhaps fly
on a more expensive flight. Let me give you an example. Let’s say you want to leave this
Friday out of Tampa International Airport to New York City. The cheapest flight you
can find is at 12:05 midnight, but you don’t want to be there then. So what you do is you
fly standby or rather you attempt to fly standby. You bring nothing more than a carry on bag
because luggage could definitely upset the process because you want to get on a plane
last minute. Flying standby you need to have a ticket but you can go to the airport up
to 6 to 8 hours earlier, check in and then ask to see if any of the outgoing flights
throughout the day have any open seats. If so, there’s a good opportunity that the airline
may decide to put you on that flight. So what you do is you go you check in then you go
to each air side, talk to the nice people there, say you’ve got a ticket for the 12:05,
you want to get on the 2:35 or the 5:05 is there any seats available. In some cases they
will let you do that. But again, the key is getting there early, having your ticket, checking
in as early as possible and then making a proactive effort to keep on these people to
see if the planes that are taking off throughout the day might have an available seat for that
specific carrier. If so, you’re on standby baby and you’re getting to your destination
a lot earlier. I’m Russ Handler and that’s how you do it.

 

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