Post # 1
I was just wondering if anyone was able to get airline codes for the guests coming in from out of town.
So far I have AirCanada and West Jet (Canada) but have had no success with any of the American airline companies (United, Southwest, American Airlines)
Anyone had any success? Is it better if I pretend to be a conference?
Post # 3
For my work we set up an airline code for our meetings with Continental & AirTran – I would try those. Not a bad idea to try being a conference.
Post # 4
I’m not sure what you are asking. To me an airline code is just the abbreviation that they use in the travel/reservations business. Are you talking about flight numbers? If so, I think most companies in the US are prevented from giving them out due to privacy requirements. I think you would have to get those from your guests themselves.
Post # 5
We didn’t have any trouble setting one up with American – they gave us a specific code for our guests and it’s 5% off.
Post # 6
We set one up with Alaska Airlines. They have a wedding travel discount program if you have ten or more guests traveling to your destination on Alaska or Horizon (which is about to be completely rebranded as Alaska). Our guests can use our code for 5% off travel to and from Anchorage on days around our wedding. My fiance is MVP Gold, so they also set up an incentive for us: If some number of our guests (40-something?) book with our code, we get a free mileage ticket!
Post # 7
Wow, they do that! That’s a nice idea.
Post # 8
@dodgercpkl – to clarify, I meant a discount code for our wedding guests who are traveling. For example, on Air Canada, if more than ten guests use our discount code, they will get 10% off their booking!
Thanks ladies! That’s perfect – I just got an American Airlines quote. And I’m going to try Continental as well. @UrbanAlaskan – I’m going to call Alaskan too because many of our guests are from Vancouver and we could likely get a free ticket! Amazing!
As an update to anyone else trying to organize this, Southwest and United do not have “convention” discount rates.
Post # 9
How do you go about getting this code? Just call their normal customer service number or try to find a “special” number online?
Post # 10
@ Rock Hugger What I have done is gone to the website, and look for “meeting/convention rates”
For Air Canada, American Airlines, and Continental Airlines you can apply online for a discount code.
For West Jet I had to call and speak to a “convention specialist”.
I’ll keep you guys updated on my progress! My wedding is a very large (450+) with most people flying in, so I’m trying to make it as cheap as possible for everyone to attend!
Post # 11
Literally just saw this article on Yahoo and thought it might be something to keep in mind for when your wedding guests book their tickets:
Post # 12
@ Fuzzypeaches – Thanks! I am interested in hearing how it works out for you!
Post # 13
Conclusion! For all of you trying to do this – hopefully this saves you time so you don’t spend approximately 5 hours on hold in total frustration like I did. Of course, I just saw Miss Cheetah with her entry on this, so check out that opportune timing!
On each airline website – search for “meeting” or “conference” options (i.e. multi origin to same destination). Group travel sounds related, but usually only refers to 10+ people on the SAME flight. Don’t be afraid to call personally!
Air Canada – 10% with discount code
West Jet – 10% need to call for reservation
Alaskan – I didn’t call these because they don’t fly to my location, but referencing above, also a good option!
United – Nope
American – 2-7% depending on hub/non-hub airport and destination
Continental – Nope (they have meeting discounts but weddings not included)
Delta – Yes (I believe it’s 5% but still waiting for confirmation)
Southwest – Nope
Jet Blue – Nope
US airways – Nope
AirTran – 10% with discount code
I hope this helps someone!
Post # 14
@fuzzypeaches Thanks for posting your findings. I didn’t know that airlines gave discounts as well.