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Pilots travelling for free on code-shared flights
Hello guys, I had one very quick question, a friend of mine is a pilot for UA and as usual he gets (I believe one) free plane ticket per year in J or F (unsure). He usually goes somewhere where UA themselves operate. However he told me that this year he is travelling to NBO via ZRH on F and operated by LX. When asking him whether he had to pay extra as he wasn’t in UA he said he didn’t as it was code-shared, do any of you know if this is true?
Seems your friend is not the only UA pilot doing this.
But the thing is that it is on first class and specially Swiss, so given the fact that I thought it was extremely complicated to redeem miles on Swiss F then I thought there would also be some kind of regulation also in this specific situation
It could be one of a few things (all speculation on my part)
UA employment contract with seniority based perks
UA and Star Alliance contracts pertaining to employee’s personal travel
UA/AC/LH Group airlines JV contracts pertaining to employee’s personal travel