The Country Music Marathon this weekend will be my first time flying non-rev (meaning non-revenue meaning it’s free to standby because I work for the airline). Unfortunately, we don’t fly to Nashville, so Boyfriend and I are taking a late afternoon flight to Richmond, and then we bought cheap tickets ($100) on another airline to go from Richmond to Nashville. I checked out the load factors (meaning what % of seats are full) for the Friday afternoon flight to Richmond going back over a year, and we sold out the plane only once, most of the time having only about 70-85% of the plane full. So I thought I was safe.
But of course, OF COURSE, the one week I want to get on that flight… it’s almost full. There are currently less than ten seats remaining on the plane, and with the flight not being till Friday, we’re bound to sell some of those last minute. As an airline employee, I can fly in the jumpseat (as long as someone from the in-flight crew isn’t trying to get on the flight, because even though we’re all equal when it comes to regular seats, in-flight gets priority for the jumpseat). However, Boyfriend is not allowed to fly jumpseat; there needs to be a regular seat open for him.
Hopefully there will be at least one cancellation. In the past there always has been, but also, in the past, this plane never goes out full. If not, I don’t really have a backup plan. Yikes. You can bet that I will be checking the manifest constantly.