Q&A: What is a ZED Fare?

by Passrider on May 23, 2012

The next question in the Passrider Q&A series is from Albert Via e-mail, he asks:

“Not familiar with ZED fares. Where can I get info and prices?”

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Nora. Medve March 26, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Are parents of active pilots eligible to join this program?


avatar Kerwin McKenzie March 27, 2014 at 6:02 am

Typically, yes. The rules re different by airline you wish to travel though, so ask your child to tell you which airlines their airline has a ZED agreement with for parents.


avatar RAY STEWART November 12, 2014 at 1:13 pm

if you have a round trip zed fare tkt.and us miss a flight,can you standby for the next flight to the same destination?


avatar Kerwin McKenzie November 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Hi Ray,

Thank you for your question.
Yes, as long as the agent rolls you over to the next flight.



avatar Nancy January 30, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Do you know if express Jet has decided what 2015 will look like for it’s pass riders. I don’t think it has even had open enrollment for 2015. Our status is only good till Feb. 1st. 


avatar Kerwin McKenzie February 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Good question Nancy. I have no idea.
Maybe an email to the Pass office may suffice?



avatar Gerald May 11, 2015 at 7:43 pm

How do non rev list from airport if  bumped


avatar josh July 6, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Can you purchase ZED guest passes for friends?


avatar Kerwin McKenzie July 6, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Hi Josh,

Thanks for your question.
This is a question for your airline’s Pass Bureau. Typically, only members who are registered in your profile are eligible for the ZED agreement.



avatar Paul April 17, 2016 at 7:36 pm

Up till what age do the children of retired employees benefit from ZED tickets?


avatar Kerwin McKenzie April 17, 2016 at 7:51 pm

Hi Paul,

Thanks for the question.
I think it’s 26, but just verify with your Pass Bureau as it may be different.



avatar Paul April 18, 2016 at 5:25 am

Thank you.


avatar Sela Mawi December 28, 2016 at 4:32 am


How do we classify who gets checked in first according to ZED? is it the fare basis or the zones??

Please advise.

Kind regards,


avatar Kerwin McKenzie May 3, 2017 at 3:27 am

Hi Sela,

That’s a good question indeed. I’d say that this will vary by airline. I think that its usually by the relationship that each airline has with the host airline coupled with your time of check-in. So if its say a Star Alliance carrier then other Star Alliance airlines would be first and within that some sort of priority.


avatar marilyn lohr May 3, 2017 at 2:07 am

IIs a retired flight attendant eligible for a Zed fare on another airline ?


avatar Kerwin McKenzie May 3, 2017 at 3:26 am

Hi Marilyn,

Thanks for your question.
I’d say that this depends on your airline. Give your Pass Bureau a call or an email for clarification on the OA Policies.


avatar Tim Coppage June 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm


Nice website. Thank you for your time. I can buy a ZED fare pass DFW-SLC. If I make it to SLC on my carrier, can I use that pass in the opposite direction SLC-DFW?

Thank you,



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