As a seasoned non-rev enthusiast, colleagues and friends often ask me if I don’t find non-rev travel stressful. My resounding answer is no! You, too, can make non-rev travel a breeze by following these ten simple rules:

10 Simple Rules for Non-Rev Travel

If you’re a non-revenue passenger and want to make your travel experience less stressful, here are some easy tricks that you can use.

  1. Plan Thoroughly: Have a primary plan to get to your destination and a backup plan in case it falls through. Always check your chances using the StaffTraveler app, and if you’re undecided, we offer plenty of travel inspiration.
  2. Prepare Strategically: Research various flight schedules to explore multiple travel options.
  3. Stay Informed: Familiarize yourself with the unique rules and procedures of each airline for non-rev travelers. You can find these details in our Airline Notes on our website and the StaffTraveler app.
  4. Timely Load Checks: Keep tabs on flight loads using StaffTraveler, but avoid checking too early, as loads can change rapidly.
  5. Embrace Flexibility: Be adaptable in your travel plans; if your top destination isn’t feasible, consider exploring other beautiful places around the world.
  6. Express Gratitude: Remember to say thank you to gate staff when they issue your ticket, and always be courteous to flight attendants. You’re a privileged guest benefiting from this job perk.
  7. Dress Smart: Dress appropriately, especially if you might get an upgrade to business class or if the airline has specific dress code rules. We’ve listed some non-rev dress code rules here. Of course, you can’t go wrong with this non-rev apparel.
  8. Show Appreciation: It’s a nice gesture to bring a small treat for gate staff, flight attendants, and pilots. Kindness often comes back around.
  9. Stay Relaxed: If you don’t get on your desired flight, take a moment to relax. Explore alternatives, consider a comfortable stay at a budget-friendly hotel found on the StaffTraveler app, and try again the next day.
  10. Enjoy the Ride: Non-rev travel is a unique and enjoyable experience. Not everyone has the opportunity, so embrace it and relish every moment!
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