15 Tips Every Buddy Passrider Should Know

by Passrider on May 13, 2015

15 Tips Every Buddy PassRider Should Know 15 Tips Every Buddy PassRider Should Know


As a Buddy Passrider, you must remember that you are representing the employee whose buddy pass you’re using. As such, we prepared some tips for you when passriding:

  1. Dress smart
  2. Don’t check bags
  3. Know the flight schedules for your trip. Use Passrider.com to help you.
  4. Have backup plans
  5. Don’t use a buddy pass for a life event, buy a ticket
  6. Don’t whine or complain
  7. Use the electronic services of the airline to check loads and list for your flight; if you have an issue contact the person who gave you the pass
  8. If you know in advance you’ll be flying, buy a ticket. Read my article here about how to find deals.
  9. Be courteous to the agents and others you interact with
  10. Don’t crowd the podium, have a seat as close as possible
  11. Be attentive and listen for your name to be called
  12. Consider sharing a hotel room with others if you have to stay overnight as you got bumped
  13. Consider renting a car with others if you get bumped and have to drive the rest of the way
  14. Don’t swap seats with other passengers
  15. Behave yourself on the flight.

Note: It’s not the agent’s fault you did not make the flight, so don’t argue.

Can you think of anything additional? Please leave a comment below.



{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Averyl March 28, 2013 at 7:56 pm

With the liquids ban it’s hard not to check bags sometimes, especially if you are going on a long trip. Perhaps you could offer some tips on using the electronic services of the airline to list for the flight or check loads. The way to do this is not always obvious to people who don’t use ID-90 travel a lot.


avatar Kerwin McKenzie May 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Makes sense Averyl. Will see if I can weave that into the document.

Thanks for the comment.


avatar Lia LaForte May 24, 2015 at 6:42 pm

If you are flying on a buddy pass and are saving all that money on airfare you should maybe consider purchasing excessive liquids at your destination rather than checking a bag.  Or reducing your liquid consumption as a smart traveler.


avatar CJ March 21, 2014 at 11:28 am

Always show your airline badge when going through security to go through airline employee lines and to get discounts on airport food no matter where you go. Almost all places honor the badges. 


avatar Norm January 28, 2015 at 3:21 am

Don’t remove your shoes and use common personal hygiene standards like use deodorant and don’t smell like garlic or bacon when you know you’re going to fly.


avatar Kerwin McKenzie January 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Sounds like you’ve had some bad experiences Norm.
Thanks for the tips.



avatar jay April 24, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Do not share that you are a pass-rider with others in the boarding area, giving out too much detail can get you and the person’s passes you are riding on in-trouble. 


avatar Kerwin McKenzie April 24, 2015 at 9:36 pm

Good sound advice Jay.

Thank you.


avatar Jeff JB June 28, 2016 at 8:21 am

Hello, Kerwin.

What if you are holding a buddy pass. Then who will be obliged for the fee for the processing of transit visa if in case you are bumped off in the transit city which is Doha?

Let say:
Manila-Doha – holding buddy pass
Doha-Vienna – holding buddy pass

Embarkation city: Manila
Destinationa city: Vienna
Transit City: Doha

Any idea?


avatar Kerwin McKenzie June 29, 2016 at 6:09 pm

Thanks for the question Jeff JB,

You the traveler is responsible to get any visa you need for your trip. If you are bumped in a transit city, you are responsible for obtaining the visa for that city if one is required. Some airlines won’t board you if they think you will get bumped and don’t have a visa for the country in which you will get bumped.

I hope this answers your question.



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