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New Way To Fly Standby?

When traveler's book their plane tickets, their purchasing decision usually depends on the ticket price, airport accessibility and time convenience. While the process of reserving a plane ticket has not changed, the process of flying standby has.

After making your plane reservations, it's quite possible that other travelers have either cancelled or reschedules their departure time or location. With this as the case, many travelers are faced with the option of flying standby, and possibly changing their flight information to one of the cancelled trips.

In addition, company's that practice business travel will usually reserve a block of plane tickets. Often reserving too many seats, businesses will release the block of unused tickets at the last minute. By flying the new age version of standby, travelers are presented with the option of changing their flight details to the newly released block of seats.

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How To Fly Standby

Depending on a traveler's point of view, flying standby could be either the best thing to ever happen, or the worst. Believe it or not, many people actually prefer to fly standby because of the traveling options that are granted. Providing a unique and often financial gain, airplane passengers are sure to reap the benefits of flying standby. Although true, if you're an impatient person, flying standby is not for you. In addition, the days of flying standby, along with its benefits, have made a complete change.

The old ways of flying standby consisted of strolling into the airport, waiting by the terminal, hoping that there will be enough space on the flight for you. While this practice still takes place, it is not common anymore. Now, flying standby has taken on a completely new meaning.

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How To Fly Standby


While the concept of flying standby is generally the same,
each specific airline has their own guidelines for flying standby. One of today's largest airline companies is JetBlue. Due to new innovative ways to fly, JetBlue has their own specific guidelines for flying standby including:


Another somewhat popular airline is Delta; also providing the option to fly standby. Although similar to JetBlue, Delta airlines has its own set of standby guidelines. For more information on these rules and regulations check out Delta's list of standby regulations;

US Airways

While most airlines provide their travelers with the option to fly standby, some of them have specific rules. One of these companies is US Airways. Unlike its competition, US Airways does not offer the standby option for free. Interestingly, they charge their passengers an extra $25 for a voucher to fly standby. In addition, the voucher can only be redeemed on the same day that it's given out.


Like US Airways, AirTran charges a fee for their standby travel; $50! Passengers that will be flying AirTran are required to call the airlines prior to arriving to the airport to inform them that you will be flying standby. Not only does
AirTran charge a $50 fee to all standby passengers, they also charge a $100 fee to all travelers that wish to have a seat officially reserved for them. AirTran is truly unique with their rules on flying standby.


Based on their ticket prices and flight availability, Southwest Airlines is one of the industry leaders. Unfortunately, they don't provide a lot of information on their website in regards to flying standby. While the details aren't specific, it's assumed that
Southwest does charge a fee for travelers to fly standby. It's important to know Southwest does charge a fee to change any flight information. Additionally, it's relatively easy to fly standby with Southwest. Generally, passengers can tell the ticket attendant that they would like to fly standby and the accommodations will be made. While their rules and regulations on flying standby are vague, Southwest Airlines still might be the best flying decision.