Passrider 101

by Kerwin McKenzie

Getting Started With Passrider.com

Kerwin on Bike in Gold Coast, Australia

I’m Kerwin McKenzie, founder of Passrider.com. If you’re new to airline employee standby travel or this site, this page is for you! It contains the information you need to get started and well on your way to flying standby successfully. Although some may not think so, its an art; a learned art. Here’s a look around the site.

Standby travel: Passrider.com’s Definition

If you are unfamiliar with what standby travel means for an airline employee/staff, here’s a definition. In short, you get a seat when its not taken by a paid passenger and its your turn on the list. The rules vary by airline so its best that you contact your individual airlines if you have specific questions as to which airlines you can use. Typically, some airlines will allow the employee to give tickets to others. These tickets are never to be sold.

Flight Schedule

This is perhaps the part of the site you will use the most. The idea is to give you a list of flights that are scheduled to fly between two cities. You can find the widget on the right side of each page as well as on the Advanced Search page. Feel free to use either one. If you are on a mobile device and are having issues, try http://mobile.passrider.com.

What is a ZED Fare

This is a frequently asked question so I’ve actually created a video to address this. Here you go:

Passrider.com Club

This area of the site has additional information that will help you in your travels. You do not have to join this part of the site unless you need the information that is in this area. You can Join the Passrider.com Club here.

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I Appreciate Your Support!

I just wanted to wrap up by saying that I’m here for you, not only as a guide while you begin or continue your passrider journey but also as a friend.

I do my best to respond to all emails and voice mails (it’s getting tougher as this blog gains in popularity, but I will always do my best to respond!). My sole purpose for this site is to make your travels more efficient. I thank you for the opportunity to do so.

Thank you so much for your support. Please pop over to my Facebook Page. I’ll definitely respond, and I look forward to meeting you on the road somewhere. If you see me in your travels, please don’t hesitate to say hello.

 

Kerwin.

 

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avatar Hope McKenzie June 17, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Hi, Kerwin! Ck out the last name!!!!
I work for Mesa Airlines as a Flight Attendant. I am blessed to finally have my dream job. Looking forward to using my benefits to the max and Passrider.com came highly recommended as a tool.

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie July 14, 2015 at 8:36 pm

This is cool Hope. I like that last name :).
Maybe we’ll meet up at some point…

Thank you for your support.

Kerwin McKenzie
http://www.Passrider.com
http://www.FAcebook.com/Passrider

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avatar James Hacker July 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm

Your new Passrider website is trash. I used to be able to put in From/To and date, and get a list of flights. Now, I cannot get it to do anything. It wants to do everything, so it does not do what we need and used to rely on. It gives me everything I do not need or want, so I cannot get flights out of it. If it still does flights, the program is so poorly written it does not work right. Get rid of all this and go back to providing flight information.

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie July 14, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Hi James,

Thanks for your note. I’ve spoken to some of your colleagues and the issue is using Internet Explorer. It’s very difficult to get things to work on Internet Explorer.
My I ask you to try using Chrome or Firefox and let me know how that works.
Also, try using http://passrider.com/mobile-beta.

My apologies for the inconvenience.

Kerwin
http://www.Passrider.com
http://www.Facebook.com/Passrider

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avatar pat gibson July 14, 2015 at 11:36 pm

I have questions about the travel ins. You recommend. ..world nomads….
Can my traveling companion also purchase this ins?
AE wants $419 and world nomads is $132
Thank you 

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie July 15, 2015 at 12:19 am

Hi Pat,

Thanks for your question.
Any traveler can purchase the travel insurance.

Kerwin
http://www.Passrider.com
http://www.Facebook.com/Passrider

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avatar James Hacker July 15, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Kerwin, you were right.  Using Chrome I was able to get it to give me info on a few city-pairs.  Sadly, it is not nearly as user friendly or easy to read as it used to be.  I guess we are stuck with this.  Seems like every time someone “improves” a computer program, it takes more key strokes, takes longer to run, and is not nearly as user friendly as it used to be.

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avatar Debra Creighton July 26, 2015 at 2:53 pm

I’m hoping you know a link that tells which airlines offer ZED fares to “Registered Companions” (if any do). Thanks for the information. 

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie July 26, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Hi Debra,

Thank you for your comment.
All ZED agreements are between the airlines in question. So you have to consult your airline’s Intranet for those details. It will give you a list of airlines as well as the rules for the ZED tickets.

Kerwin
http://www.Passrider.com
http://www.Facebook.com/passrider

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avatar James Hacker July 31, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Why doesn’t Passrider work anymore? It used to be great. I’d put in From, To, a date, Nonstop Y/N, and get a page of flights. Now I get NOTHING!!! It has become useless. Is there a secret code I”m missing?

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avatar Dick Schmus August 15, 2015 at 9:56 pm

My first time on your site. Very pleased with what I can do.
Thanks
Dick

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie August 17, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Thank you Dick.

Appreciate the comment.

Kerwin.
http://www.Passrider.com
http://www.Facebook.com/Passrider

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avatar Jim Strickland September 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Kerwin,

There used to be a site that provided “seat counter”information.   Is it still around?  Are there other sites that provide this info?

Great job – enjoy “Passrider”.

Jim

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie September 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Hi Jim,

Thanks for your comment.
That site, flyzed is no longer available.
I’m thinking of ways I can provide this info; not familiar with any at the moment that is geared to passriders.

Kerwin
http://www.Passrider.com
http://www.Facebook.com/Passrider

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avatar Joyce Chong September 27, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Hi Kerwin,

I took a gander through your website and already have found some great information. I am a Delta retiree and contemplating traveling standby in early February from the U.S. to JRO. I see that getting there is fairly easy, but the return flights are pretty scary..many connections and a very long time to get back to the U. S. Any words of wisdom for me? At this point, I am contemplating whether or not to simply purchase a ticket.
Thanks!

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie October 1, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Hi Joyce,

Thanks for the info. Glad you find the site useful :-).
Yeah, JRO is a tough one, depending your agreements, you can try to go to Nairobi or Addis on ET and/or KQ. Then just get to Europe from either of those cities. From Europe then its easy to get back to the U.S.

The flights are not daily so when you use the flight schedule engine, sue the “No” option for Specific date.

I’ve been to JRO and that area is pretty amazing. Impressed by how one area is really dry and then the next is amazingly green.

Keep me posted if you need additional help.

Kerwin
http://www.Passrider.com
http://www.Facebook.com/Passrider

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avatar Anna October 4, 2015 at 6:03 am

Hi Kerwin…Pleased to meet You and Thank You for Your great website!!! It’s my first time trying to use it, and not quite sure how to find out which Airlines provide interlude and codeshare travel…with regard to J/S privileges also? Can You please advise me on how to navigate on the site for such information. Blessings Always!!! 🙂

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avatar CJ Martinez October 12, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Has anyone here seen or used the app called App in the Air? I downloaded it to my phone and as a non-rev traveler it works great in conjuction with Passrider.com! It helps with how long the flight will be, where it is at (gates) when you are in flight it reminds you to stretch your neck, walk around, etc. Anyone else here use apps for non rev travel? If so which ones?

CJ

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avatar Maureen November 30, 2015 at 1:24 am

I think this is going to save me a lot of time!

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avatar Deb M. February 8, 2016 at 4:37 pm

Thank you for being out there to help all of us!

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie February 8, 2016 at 8:10 pm
avatar Carol Dolge March 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm

Have not tried yet…but I’m sure I will!!
☺Hugs

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avatar SHERRY HARRIS April 15, 2016 at 3:18 am

JUST JOINED AND LOOKING FORWARD TO LEARNING.

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avatar LINDA May 9, 2016 at 2:36 am

Husband is retired 34 years with UAL.  Flights are almost always full so very difficult going non rev.   Trying to figure out how to use ID90.  Thanx for your info on this site. Appreciate you. 

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie June 23, 2016 at 6:53 pm

Thank you Linda. Welcome.

Kerwin.

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avatar Bart Hammack June 13, 2016 at 6:47 pm

your site looks like it might help to fly and get around. I am a new simulator engineer for Americian Airlines. cowork told me about the site the use it a lot.

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie June 23, 2016 at 6:53 pm

Thank you Bart. I appreciate it.

Kerwin.

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avatar Lavona Cooper June 23, 2016 at 5:44 pm

I found you on the Delta Non-Rev group site and so glad I did. As things change and evolve in our industry, it can get difficult to get current info when traveling. It seems you are the “go to” person/website. Thanks so much for being here!

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie June 23, 2016 at 6:53 pm

Lavona,

Thank you so much for your message. I truly appreciate your support.

Kerwin.

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avatar Rhonda McCall December 15, 2016 at 7:47 pm

I am a Spirit Airlines FA and would like to see my family before Christmas on my GDO’s.

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie December 15, 2016 at 8:31 pm

Hi Rhonda,
What kind of help are you looking for? Routings? If so, from where to where?

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avatar Laura January 24, 2017 at 8:23 pm

You don’t have Krabi, Thailand in the flight search. Could you please add it? Thanks!

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie January 28, 2017 at 3:07 am

Hi Laura,

Thanks for your note.
You can now see Krabi in the search. Sorry about that.

Kerwin.

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