Virgin Atlantic Staff Travel: Perks of the Job!

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Every airline employee will tell you that staff travel can be one of the big selling points to commencing a career in this industry. Although standby flights and passenger numbers can be a bit stressful, cheap flights and upgrades can by far make up for that. Virgin Atlantic are known for their generous staff travel and a university friend of mine Nicole Mongy has repeatedly made me jealous over the past 6 years with all of her travel adventures!

Ever wondered exactly how you can benefit from airline staff travel? Nicole reveals all here!

Virgin staff travel entitles the staff member 7 tax only standby flights per year. Standby means that after all revenue passengers, if there are any spare seats you will be given them, in the order of staff priority (seniority and length of service). You can use staff travel 6 months after you start working and pass your probation. After that you can use your tickets every day of the year (if there is space!).

So far in my 6 years I’ve been to all of the Virgin USA destinations except Boston (on my to do list!), Cape Town, Dubai, Thailand, Hong Kong, shanghai and Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver and Mexico! My highlights have been Chicago (my fav city in the USA), Mexico, Hong Kong and Cape Town.
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If there is space available staff can be upgraded to upper class if you’ve worked at Virgin long enough or are senior enough. Upgrades are the same as standby-once regular pax are accounted for if there are any seats left these are given to the staff.

Standby however is stressful, especially if you try to fly to Orlando I’m August or NYC at Xmas! I make it work by flying out if season, trying not to fly at the weekends and having a back up routing if we don’t get on the right flight. You have to get used to planning holidays last minute!

Staff travel is a fantastic perk to working for an airline. If you can be flexible, it can be easy and not stressful. When planning a holiday I always have 3 options I’m looking into, and choose which of the three looks the least busy. If you are determined to go to a specific destination at a specific time you’re likely to be disappointed. Use your flights to get to other destinations. Flexibility is the key! And sit back and enjoy your perk once you take off-it is worth the effort!

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Many thanks to Nicole from the Cargo department at Virgin Atlantic for her inside knowledge on staff travel travel and happy travels!!!

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