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Don't get on a plane without the flight information in this Howcast series about air travel, which helps you make the most of your time in the sky.
You Will Need
- An original airline booking or ticket
- Extra time and patience
- A willingness to pay an extra fee
Have a ticket
Have a ticket. Most airlines no longer allow stand-by travel unless the flyer already has a ticket, and it is typically allowed only for flights to the same destination.
Before you even think about going to the airport, call your airline to get their policy on flying stand-by and to see if there are seats available on the flight you want.
Prepare to pay
Prepare to pay a fee for the privilege of flying standby; most airlines charge one, though some waive it for their frequent flyers.
Get on the list
At the airport, go to the check-in counter and ask to be put on a list for stand-by flights to your destination. Seats are awarded on a fist-come, first-served basis, so plan on getting to the airport early.
Head to your gate and double-check with the gate attendant that you are on the standby list.
Once you’re at the gate, stay put. If a seat becomes available while you’re waiting for your double latte, it will go to the next person on the list.