As a non-rev’er you know the ins and outs of the airline industry. From standby flights to employee discounts, you’ve got the inside scoop on how to travel the world without breaking the bank. But with great power comes great responsibility, and there are certain things that non-rev’ers do that only their fellow non-rev’ers can truly understand. So, without further ado, here are 14 things that all non-rev’ers can relate to.

  1. Constantly checking the flight loads

As a non-rev’er, you know that flight loads can change at any moment. That’s why you’re always checking to see if a flight has opened up or if there’s been a cancellation. You’re constantly refreshing the airline website or updating your requests on, just in case.

2. Always having a backup plan

Things don’t always go as planned. That’s why you always have a backup plan in case your flight is cancelled or delayed. You know the alternate routes, and you’re not afraid to use them.

3. Being flexible

Flexibility is key when it comes to travel. You’re willing to take a flight at any time of day or night, and you’re okay with changing your destination at the last minute. You’re just happy to be going somewhere.

4. Knowing airline jargon

Non-rev’ers are well-versed in airline jargon. You know what a deadhead is, and you’re familiar with terms like ZED fares and ID90s. You also know how to speak to airline employees to get what you need.

5. Being prepared for anything

You know that anything can happen when you’re traveling. That’s why you always have a backup plan, snacks, and entertainment. You also know that it’s important to be polite and patient, even when things don’t go as planned.

6. Playing the waiting game

Waiting is part of the game, so you’re always prepared with a book, podcast, or Netflix series to keep you entertained. They’ve mastered the art of napping in uncomfortable airport chairs, and can doze off anywhere, anytime.

7. Dressing nicely

The key to getting a seat is looking like you belong in first class, even if you’re flying standby in coach. You’re always dressed to impress, but sometimes it feels like you’re heading to the Oscars instead of a quick weekend getaway.

8. Stalking other non-rev flyers

Non-rev flyers know that they’re not alone in this game, so you’re always on the lookout for other standby passengers. You’ll scope out other non-rev flyers in the gate area like a lion stalking its prey, trying to size up your competition.

9. Carrying a small carry-on bag

You often pack your belongings in carry-on luggage, just in case you have to sprint across the airport to catch a flight. If you have to check in your baggage and don’t get on the flight, it may mean wearing your partner’s clothes for the first half of the week…

10. Praying to the travel gods

Even though you can prepare yourself on every point, it mostly all comes down to luck, so you’re not above making a few sacrifices to the travel gods for a seat on the next flight. You’ll light a candle, say a prayer, and cross your fingers for good measure.

11. Asking gate agents for updates

Non-rev’ers are like eager puppies, constantly sniffing around gate agents for any news on the flight, hoping that they’ll be allowed to join the pack and jump on the plane.

12. Scanning boarding passes

You are always scanning boarding passes, looking for any sign of an open seat or a fellow standby passenger. You’re like airport detectives, constantly on the lookout for any clues that could give you an edge.

13. Celebrating when you make it on the flight

In the end it is all about getting on that flight and that is a victory! You may have had to wait in the airport for hours, or run to catch a flight at the last minute. But when you finally make it on the plane, you can’t help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.

14. Making friends with airline staff

All settled down, the flight is fun! Non-rev flyers know that making friends with the airline staff can give them an edge in getting a seat, so they’re always making small talk. You’re the master of the name game, and can remember the name of every gate agent and flight attendant you’ve ever met.

Non-rev’ers have a unique perspective on travel. They know how to navigate the airline industry and how to make the most of their employee benefits. But they also know that travel can be unpredictable, and that it’s important to be flexible and prepared. If you’re a non-rev’er, you’re part of a special community that shares a common love of adventure and exploration. So, next time you’re waiting in the airport or rushing to catch a flight, remember that you are not alone. There are millions of other non-rev’ers out there who share your passion for travel and your ability to make the most of every opportunity. And who knows, maybe you’ll meet some of them on your next flight! So keep checking those flight loads on the StaffTraveler app, packing light, and being flexible. Because with the right attitude and a little bit of luck, you’ll be soaring through the skies to your next adventure in no time. Happy travels, fellow non-rev’ers!

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