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Why You Can’t NonRev in September

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

I just rode in on Jet Blue and received some bad information for NonRevs. Jet Blue’s All You Can Jet Pass promotion is sold out. That means between September 6th and October 6th the planes will be more than full. I was lucky enough to meet the Senior Analyst for Network Planning and he gave me some great insight on how to NonRev in this difficult period.

With the kids going back to school,  September is known to be a great time to non-rev because the loads are low. This is why JetBlue does this promotion now. That means the demographics of people flying will be those without kids. Without those kids, there won’t be child weights on the numbers and more planes at JetBlue having weight and balance issues. So that empty seat may not be available. Make sure you ask when you sign if it will matter and plan you options accordingly.

According to last years numbers, the worst days to travel is Fridays and Sundays. The don’t have hard numbers for this year because the promotional passes can be booked up to 3 days prior to a flight. And don’t worry about the people booking a seat and not showing up because JetBlue has as ingenious solution, charge them $100 or more if they don’t show up!

The worst city pair was between Chicago and New York. The interesting thing is this is one of the shortest legs they have. It also shows how underserved this market really is. Hey Airlines! This is a hint! More seats between New York and Chicago! And guess what the busiest airport will be? JFK, their hub.

The best solutions to this problem in NonReving to New York I have written in a post “Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Non-Rev to New York.” I have the 5 top problems but more importantly the solution and the ways to avoid the problem. But the best solution to bring chocolate, lots of chocolate. Gate Agents love that stuff. I think it has something to do with their stress level.

Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Non-Rev to New York

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The double edge sword of your airline being successful this summer is the loads will be maxed out for the next several months. Everyone wants to travel this summer but the airlines cannot get the capacity on line fast enough. What that means for you is tougher commutes. So don’t fall into these 5 traps. And if you do, I have given you several ways to get out.

1) You didn’t check the loads – This summer things are very dynamic. Weather, cancellations, cargo, even volcanic ash will effect right up to the last minute. Even if your flight looks wide open, be ready for it to be cancelled or the flight before it being cancelled and being bumped off the flight you are non-reving on.

2) You didn’t check flight to see if it canceled. Cancellations are big issues these days and sometimes the Airline is late getting the information to the passengers through their websites. Going right to the Airport website to check flights are much more accurate. Go to .

3) You didn’t have a backup airline – Other airlines might give you an opportunity to get to the city your trip starts from. Always have an idea of other airlines you could use. If you need a timetable with all the airlines on them try 

4) You didn’t have a backup airport – Just like a backup flight, you need a backup airport. New York has three to choose from. If a runway closes at JFK, go to LaGuardia. If the seats are filling up in LaGuardia, go to Newark. To see what the loads are for a city, go to and use quicktrip for every city around the area. It even displays low fare carriors.

5) You didn’t know how to go from the Backup Airport to your flight. You made it to the city, now how do you get to your airport. There are lots of ways. To see your options, go to

6) Bonus Go early to a hotel room. Goto to see all the hotels at JFK, LGA and EWR.

This Summer will be very difficult to non-rev. Those interline discounts for travel are going to be almost impossible to use. So much for our free travel benefits we were promised when we were hired. Those deals are long gone. But there are ways to go to those attractions positive space to almost any area in the world. Go to our article at to see how.

And if you are commuting to New York this summer, watch this blog. Several of us are commuting there and we will be writing what we find. Remember, if you have run out of options, go to our New York page to get ideas. If you need help anywhere else in the world go to Just one more thing, try to watch for non-revs and help them when you can. Trust me, they WILL remember you, and it will be when you need there help the most.

How to Get Free Food Every Night in New York

Friday, September 18th, 2009

So you are travel to New York and want to eat but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg? As a matter of fact, you don’t want to spend anything. Did you give up on the idea in a New York minute? Don’t. We will show you how to get it.

Places in New York give free food with the idea you will stay longer and buy more expensive items like fancy drinks, and the odds are in their favor. After all, they are still in business. You just have to do is show some discipline.

You may have to buy a drink and we will list that, but the price of the drink will be under $5. To see the deals available, go to the New York Section of

So what night of the week will you be in New York? Below is the list of places and the Nights they have free food;


Rudy’s, O’Flaherty’sRodeo Bar, Rocking Horse, Rolf’sThe Thirsty ScholarTracy J’s, Boxer’s


Rudy’s, O’Flaherty’s, Rodeo Bar, Rocking Horse, Rolf’s, The Thirsty Scholar, Tracy J’s, Boxer’s


Rudy’s, O’Flaherty’s, Rodeo Bar, Rocking Horse, Rolf’s, The Thirsty Scholar, Tracy J’s, Boxer’s


Rudy’sRodeo Bar, Rocking Horse, Rolf’s, The Thirsty Scholar, Tracy J’sBoxer’s


Rudy’sRodeo Bar, Rocking Horse, Rolf’s, The Thirsty Scholar, Tracy J’sBoxer’s


Rudy’sRocking Horse, Rolf’s, Tracy J’sBoxer’s


Rudy’s, O’Flaherty’s, Rodeo Bar, Rocking Horse, Rolf’s, Tracy J’s, Boxer’s

Click on the name of the bar to find out what are the Free Food Deals. There you will find the type of food, the time it is available, and the location hyperlinked to a google map for ease of use.

So enjoy your night out and why not follow up your New York Free Dinner with a New York Free Attraction? See those at .

Top Independence Day Free Attraction in New York

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

From June 30th to August 5th, the New York Public Library will be Displaying One of two Remaining drafts of the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson for the Forth of July. This is one of this summer’s best New York Free Attractions and one of the best 4th of July free Attractions. This draft is unique because it contains the references to Slavery and how it should be stopped in the new republic. Unfortunately that part was taken out.
The draft, along with a 15 minute movie, is on display for free in its South Court. Visit the New York section of for more New York deals . For more Free Attractions around the world, got to .

Free Attraction in New York

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

The Sony Wonder Technology Lab is Free to the public. This state-of the art facility brings technology and creativity together. If you are someone who wants to know how electronic Gadgets work, this place is for you. They describe the technology in the simplest terms.

This is just one of the many free attractions for New York . To see more free attractions around the world, go to .

Best Deal in New York, FREE FOOD

Friday, April 10th, 2009

For many, dinner in New York cost more than a bad investment tip. For others it can cost less than tap water . The secret is to know where to look. And if you look hard enough, free is what you find.
In New York, I’ve found it’s the Place called Rudy’s Bar and Grill. People come for the cheap beer and the free hotdogs. It may be a dive bar, but you will find everyone from the richest on Wall Street to college kids. The food is free as long as the “hot dog guy” is there. They even have a 100 foot square projection screen.
For a $5 pitcher, you can feed your friends. How can you top that? I don’t know if I can, but I am going to have fun trying… for all of you, of course

Recession Special, The New York Success Story

Friday, April 10th, 2009

New Yorkers are known for their financial wizardry which is why they are the financial center of the world. So what is their solution to what is happening today? The Recession Special at Grey’s Papaya.
Grey’s Papaya gets five stars out of five from New Yorkers based on taste but also on value. The Recession Special is two hot dogs and a 14 once drink for $3.50. There is almost no way to beat that unless the food is free, but that is another story. There are several locations throughout the city.
To see how to save even more money than this on your next meal, go to the New York section of NonRevWebsite. And if you want to see more deals, go to our Home Page.