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    Default Do BA Employees get "Buddy passes"?

    I was wondering if BA employees get buddy passes, and if so, are the buddy pass riders are eligible to upgrades if seats are available in premium cabins? At Delta we do get them, and they're eligible for the premium seats. I was surprised to find out recently that Delta no longer upgrades non revs from other airlines unless coach is full, and also that we aren't eligible for upgrades on other airlines when seats are open in first. I'm trying to learn more about the policies, because I haven't gone non rev with anyone else, yet. Share your knowledge, please.

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    BA do not have buddy passes in the same form you do in the US. You have to register a companion or family to travel for a set period. BA nonrev now treats its staff badly compared to 10=15 years ago. If you have an econ ticket then that is where you sit .. even if there are premium seats empty as they will upgrade commercial econ pax to put you in their econ seat. You can elect to pay for a business upgrade ahead of the flight but if you do not get the upgrade you still pay the upgraded fare.

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    Although I've never been in First on DL, if you consider Comfort Plus an upgrade, I've been given seats several times there when on a zed ticket. Likewise the equivalent on JetBlue, Alaska and United. However, lately even on AA, it's not that common for the seats up front to be open anyway.
    isppilot - NonRev Correspondent - New York City

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    Quote Originally Posted by isppilot View Post
    However, lately even on AA, it's not that common for the seats up front to be open anyway.
    Uh-huh, with elite upgrades and mileage awards, a seat upfront on a long haul is a distant memory. But for flights under 2 hours, my D1 gets me up front with all he fig bars, cookies and pretzels I can handle. *laughing*
    Keep'em Flying

    Migflanker - Senior NonRev Correspondent - Los Angeles

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