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Old Jun 15, 12, 8:00 am   #1
 
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United employee travel benefits

Hello all, I just got the job of my dreams at United Airlines. I'm really excited to start but have a question that I'm sure may have already been answered but I'll ask it again (sorry).
What exactly are your travel benefits? I am going to be working in HNL and I have family in New Zealand. Can I use my benefits to fly there? Or give some of my buddy passes to my family to come here?
How soon and often do I get these so called buddy passes?
And while flying on the passes or as an employee... What is the process? Like how do you book your flights and whatnot? Also, any tips for this?

Any info really helps and again, sorry if this was already posted/answered.

Happy flying,
Shawn
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Old Jun 15, 12, 8:12 am   #2
 
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Hello all, I just got the job of my dreams at United Airlines. I'm really excited to start but have a question that I'm sure may have already been answered but I'll ask it again (sorry).
What exactly are your travel benefits? I am going to be working in HNL and I have family in New Zealand. Can I use my benefits to fly there? Or give some of my buddy passes to my family to come here?
How soon and often do I get these so called buddy passes?
And while flying on the passes or as an employee... What is the process? Like how do you book your flights and whatnot? Also, any tips for this?

Any info really helps and again, sorry if this was already posted/answered.

Happy flying,
Shawn
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Congratulations - welcome to UA and FT. Once you're actually on the job, all the resources for this information will be available - employee website .....FlyingTogether.com, company handbooks etc. You can definitely use your flying benefits for United and other airlines (depending on who flies where) as well as family benefits, friends, buddy passes, etc.
I believe there is an initial probabtion period so you may not be using these benefits immediately.
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Old Jun 15, 12, 8:15 am   #3
 
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Hello all, I just got the job of my dreams at United Airlines. I'm really excited to start but have a question that I'm sure may have already been answered but I'll ask it again (sorry).
What exactly are your travel benefits? I am going to be working in HNL and I have family in New Zealand. Can I use my benefits to fly there? Or give some of my buddy passes to my family to come here?
How soon and often do I get these so called buddy passes?
And while flying on the passes or as an employee... What is the process? Like how do you book your flights and whatnot? Also, any tips for this?

Any info really helps and again, sorry if this was already posted/answered.

Happy flying,
Shawn
I think post merger the buddy passes are no more. You get to designate two people who can enjoy basically the same flying privileges you do (I think the only exception is that they have to be with you to fly in F). I don't know how often you can change that designation but I'll be it's not every week. You can fly anywhere in the world UA goes on a standby basis. You can fly in any class of service that has open seats.

You don't book anything, there's an employee website where you can look at the loads and put yourself on the list for a flight but you basically have to turn up on the day and hope you get on. As a new employee the busy and popular flights are going to be difficult. For example, SFO-HKG in the summer and around Chinese New Year is really difficult but SFO-NRT and SFO-PVG are doable most of the time with a bit of luck.

Economy class is now completely free and there are fees to be paid for C and F, more or less based on mileage. SFO-HKG in F, for example, comes out to about $500 R/T.
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Old Jun 15, 12, 8:20 am   #4
 
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Alright, great! Thank you very much!
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Old Jun 15, 12, 8:23 am   #5
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Welcome to FlyerTalk. We enjoy having employees on the board to comment and share information about travel, but this is not a resource board for airline employees. The best place to have your questions answered is through United and employee groups. As such, I am closing this thread.

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