United has been doing it for a while with their employees, Glad to see Delta do it
Employees, retirees, their listed pass riders and buddy pass travelers now have the flexibility to check in for standby travel and print out their seat request cards online at delta.com from any computer with Internet access.
Delta crew members whose rotation includes a crew travel segment can also use the online check-in option.
Starting 24 hours before their scheduled departure, nonrevs can visit delta.com and select Check In and then enter their confirmation number or record locator number. They can’t start the check-in process by entering their Primary Pass Rider number. Crew members will also need their rotation number. They will then be prompted to select their standby code, enter their passport information, if traveling internationally, and the number of checked bags, if any.
To print seat request cards, employees will need to have access to a printer. Seat request cards cannot be sent to a mobile device for nonrevenue travel. However, confirmed crew member boarding passes can be printed, faxed or sent to a mobile device.
“This is a huge win for employees and something we’ve been working toward for years,” said Carol Smart, program manager-Pass Travel. “We’re continuing to enhance pass travel processes while helping nonrevs stay out of airport lobbies and let our Airport Customer Service colleagues focus on our revenue customers.”
Online check-in is not for everyone, Carol said.
“Nonrevs should not use online check-in until they are certain they intend to travel and are physically near their departure airport.” Nonrevs also are reminded not to check in for multiple flights, she said.
Check out more information on the updated “Leaving on a Jet Plane” fact sheet.