There are a few unwritten rules of non-rev travel many of us adhere to. For instance, don’t bother trying to get to Hawaii in the summer. Avoid taking trips during weeks such as spring break or winter holidays. Look for less popular destinations to take your family, and so on.
A few months ago, our family took a weekend trip from Dallas to New Orleans to meet up with some of our extended family. In the planning stages, it looked pretty simple knowing how airline employees travel. Fly standby to New Orleans on Friday afternoon using my wife’s airline-employee flight passes, get a cab to the hotel, fly home on Sunday morning. That’s not exactly how things turned out.