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US Airways "Take Flight Certificates" (TFC's) -- Anyone have inside/deep knowledge?

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I recently bought a soon-to-expire TFC off eBay for half of its $275 printed value. These are the certificates that you would be compensated with if you're bumped from a flight. They also seem to pop up with regularity on eBay, and state they are fully transferable.

If you google "take flight certificate" or look them up on the US Airways website, you find TFC general information, instructions, and policies at the following link:

http://www.usairways.com/en-US/tr...redit.html
http://www.usairways.com/en-US/traveltools/specialneeds/ticketingpolicies/altpayment/roundtripflightcredit.html

Now, as if the URL itself wasn't suggestive enough, the information outright says that you are able to choose to either use it like cash, or redeemed for a full round trip ticket subject to limitations of coach class, and the same region as the original flight.

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Take Flight Certificate is a voucher that can be redeemed for one of two options:
  1. A roundtrip coach ticket within a specified region on US Airways, US Airways Express or US Shuttle
  2. A dollar-based option good towards [any] one way or round trip ticket

If you choose the roundtrip coach ticket option the original oversold flight segment (origin & destination) determines the region requirements:
  • Region 1 includes the Contiguous 48 states
  • Region 2 includes Canada, Central America, Mexico, Caribbean and region 1
  • Region 3 includes Alaska, Hawaii, Europe and regions 1 and 2
Keep in mind that this information is live on their website.

I called a few days ago to inquire about the free-round-trip option. I was obviously connected to a foreign call center, but the rep immediately stated "we don't do the free round trips anymore". When pushed for details, she said they stopped "over a year ago". I haven't had time to play the keep-calling-until-you-find-a-helpful-rep game yet, but thought it might benefit myself and the rest of the SD community if anyone could chime in with some authoritative knowledge here. Anyone know anyone who works for US Airways? Or a travel agent?

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I just bought 2 TFC off Ebay two weeks ago valued at 450.00 each.I called and they tansferred them to my name and my dad and I booked roundtrip flights to vegas leaving 3/10/11.It was no problem at all.And had to deal with the foreign call center also.
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Quote from hansonpatt View Post :
I just bought 2 TFC off Ebay two weeks ago valued at 450.00 each.I called and they tansferred them to my name and my dad and I booked roundtrip flights to vegas leaving 3/10/11.It was no problem at all.And had to deal with the foreign call center also.
I just wanted to check that I inferred the correct thing from that-- roundtrip tickets from your city to Vegas would each have cost more than 450, correct? So this was an "in-region trip" redemption, not a "dollar value" redemption, right?
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Quote from jasonbuechler View Post :
Now, as if the URL itself wasn't suggestive enough, the information outright says that you are able to choose to either use it like cash, or redeemed for a full round trip ticket subject to limitations of coach class, and the same region as the original flight.



Keep in mind that this information is live on their website.

I called a few days ago to inquire about the free-round-trip option. I was obviously connected to a foreign call center, but the rep immediately stated "we don't do the free round trips anymore". When pushed for details, she said they stopped "over a year ago". I haven't had time to play the keep-calling-until-you-find-a-helpful-rep game yet, but thought it might benefit myself and the rest of the SD community if anyone could chime in with some authoritative knowledge here. Anyone know anyone who works for US Airways? Or a travel agent?
No deep or inside knowledge here but often with airlines if at first you don't get the answer you want call back. If you have any status with the airline call your frequent flyer number and not the main reservations line.

Here is my one knowledgeable point about these certificates. When using these they are the same as using miles for the flight. You have to check for flights with frequent flyer award availability. I would not be surprised if you could find an agent willing to book the flight but good luck finding award seats to your destination.
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I need a one-way flight inside the U.S. from Minneapolis to Orlando. Flight costs through US Airways are $300-$400 one way. What would be the best way to do that? Could I buy the cheapest "Take Flight Certificate" and that would allow me to take a one-way trip to Orlando?
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I need a one-way flight inside the U.S. from Minneapolis to Orlando. Flight costs through US Airways are $300-$400 one way. What would be the best way to do that? Could I buy the cheapest "Take Flight Certificate" and that would allow me to take a one-way trip to Orlando?
Your better off buying a ticket with a low cost carrier like Airtran. I looked at some dates for next week and you can get a one way ticket as low as $104 (plus taxes and fees). You might need some flexibility to get the best prices.
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