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Connected~ which day to fly on standby?
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So I will be exploiting a connection to get tickets for me and a buddy to Europe this summer and am wondering which days of the week will have the most vacancies on the planes. We will be flying on USair buddypasses from philly/charlotte (USair international hubs) to london/frankfurt (2 USair flights per day at these airports, as opposed to 1 a day to all other European cities). The buddypasses mean we will be standby and only get on the plane if there are extra seats available. We will be departing in late June, approximately the 23rd-28th (thats a monday-friday) so any insight would be appreciated.

We can check the flight openings online but they are hugely inaccurate this far in advance. It would be nice to have an idea of what day we should/will be leaving on. Also we are specifically hoping for openings in first class as it would only be $100 extra to upgrade (from the $250 economy roundtrip) with the employee discount.

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I’ve never flown on buddy passes*, but midweek is generally better for finding empty seats—Tue, Wed, Thurs. Can you reserve a few flights, say to Manchester, Gatwick, Stockholm, and Zurich, then cancel the others when one is confirmed? The new summer routes from PHL might have a harder time filling in June since not everyone is aware of them yet.

(*Buddy passes are a perk for airline employees, family, and “buddies.”)

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Thanks for the midweek advice Don. It may be possible to book multiple flights, however, because we are flying as guests of the airline and for close to nothing I think it would be in poor taste to do so. But on a similar note I think it may be possible to book the flight that looks the best to london/frankfurt (in the middle of the week) and then switch destinations at the airport in philly/charlotte. Maybe that is the best solution. I will look into tues-thurs.

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because we are flying as guests of the airline and for close to nothing I think it would be in poor taste to do so.
True. Flexibility is key, so probably not a good idea to book hotels ahead of time in this case.