Jumpseat Question...Delta to Argentina

GlenQ

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I was wondering if anyone has any tips on jumpseating on Delta to Buenos Aires. I'm actually mostly concerned with the return flight back to the US. Would there be any issue with trying to jumpseat from Argentina back to ATL?
My concern is that Delta doesn't seem to have a way to list for the jumpseat in advance, other than just showing up at the counter, and I'm sure that the ticket agents down in Argentina won't be totally familiar with the process.

Anyone have experience with this?
 

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My only recommendation would be to buy a backup ZED or ID90 on DAL and CAL so you can at least get out of the country. Then if the jumpseat doesn't work out, at least you're not stuck.
 

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they will know. i have jumped back from places on dl including SCL, they know exactly what to do. just show up early and tell them you want to jumpseat. you will pay some taxes and if there is a seat get on the plane. easy as pie! i dont know why people have such hangups about international jumpseating...i have traveled all over the world on the jumpseat and NEVER had a problem.
 

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I too have jumpseated int'l on other carriers, but never going back into the US on Delta specifically.

I'm trying to avoid spending money unnecessarily on a zedfare since I don't see what I'm buying when I get one; as I understand it, if there's a seat there's a seat, the only difference would be if you paid for a zedfare you blew your money for no reason since it's all the same standby priority. Am I missing something there? I was thinking that zedfares only made sense when you're trying to get on an airline that you don't already have a jumpseating agreement with, i.e. foreign carriers, etc...I know you can get your $ back, but I'm just a (very) poor commuter f/o, and even fronting money that i'll eventually have refunded hurts the wallet. So I might be a bit confused about all that.

Does anyone know how many jumpseaters Delta allows?...like if a few other jumpseaters were trying to get on and there were enough seats for all of us, would they just let all the jumpseaters on?

Also, does anyone know what the taxes would run from Argentina these days?

Thanks everyone for your input so far!
 

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Delta has no limit on jumpseaters. Just so you are aware, there is a notice on the non-rev site about Buenos Aires. It says that heavy cargo loads may restrict the flight. It shows taxes are 12.50
 
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when you going Glen? i may be going to Brazil in Jan. Maybe we can trade notes on all the shenanigans...
 

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I'm trying to avoid spending money unnecessarily on a zedfare since I don't see what I'm buying when I get one; as I understand it, if there's a seat there's a seat, the only difference would be if you paid for a zedfare you blew your money for no reason since it's all the same standby priority. Am I missing something there? I was thinking that zedfares only made sense when you're trying to get on an airline that you don't already have a jumpseating agreement with, i.e. foreign carriers, etc...I know you can get your $ back, but I'm just a (very) poor commuter f/o, and even fronting money that i'll eventually have refunded hurts the wallet. So I might be a bit confused about all that.
It would be an extreme case, but it COULD happen. Say there is one seat open, and ANOTHER JS'er showed up before you. IF you use the ZED, you will get the seat before him. JS'ers are the LAST priority to board.

And I know that Agentina is "cheap" compared to most places, but come on dude. You are traveling, just fork out the cash for the one way ZED. What's it going to run you? Less than $100.
 

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It would be an extreme case, but it COULD happen. Say there is one seat open, and ANOTHER JS'er showed up before you. IF you use the ZED, you will get the seat before him. JS'ers are the LAST priority to board.

And I know that Agentina is "cheap" compared to most places, but come on dude. You are traveling, just fork out the cash for the one way ZED. What's it going to run you? Less than $100.
Very true, but you underestimate the sad depths of my cheapness:)...I'm talking a backpack, camera, some cliff bars, and an $8/night hostel. Its kinda sketchy but I always have a blast wherever I go...I usually spend that much in a whole trip, nevermind just the ZedFare, especially in a 3-1 peso/dollar situation...but I realize you are right, and a normal person would be wise to do this.

Oh and Zasca, it'll be 9/19-23...but I see you're working most of that, too bad, you shoulda come too..give me a shout about Brazil
 
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Hi there,

Just came back from Buenos Aires earlier this year.

Tip 1: As soon as you land, introduce yourself to the station manager and tell them you will be jumpseating out in a few days and you want to go through their station procedures now to make it easier on them to look into the J/S if needed.

Tip 2: Buy Zed passes on CAL, AA, and DAL. Cash them in if you do not need them.

DAL counter seemed knowledgeable of the process but they were full that day and I used AA. CAL station manager was also very kind and knew the J/S procedure. AA was the worst by far and I was ping ponging back and forth from agent to agent. but I got the J/S at the last minute.

Tip 3: Keep some Argentinian money to pay airport taxes on the way out.


Good luck.
 

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Hi there,

Just came back from Buenos Aires earlier this year.

Tip 1: As soon as you land, introduce yourself to the station manager and tell them you will be jumpseating out in a few days and you want to go through their station procedures now to make it easier on them to look into the J/S if needed.

Tip 2: Buy Zed passes on CAL, AA, and DAL. Cash them in if you do not need them.

DAL counter seemed knowledgeable of the process but they were full that day and I used AA. CAL station manager was also very kind and knew the J/S procedure. AA was the worst by far and I was ping ponging back and forth from agent to agent. but I got the J/S at the last minute.

Tip 3: Keep some Argentinian money to pay airport taxes on the way out.


Good luck.

That's great information I'll definately try that with the station manager. Thanks for that info!
 

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My DL jumpseating has found out a few things.....

Must be listed on Jumpseat 75 mins prior to departure. You can do this at the ticket counter - note: not all gate agents know how to do this so it may take some time.

You also must pay taxes leaving. How much are taxes leaving the US? ZERO. But you still have to get a piece of paper saying that it was paid as 0.00 if possible you should try to pay the return taxes if they know how to do it that way you don't have to do it when you get over there.

When I listed at the check in counter, in atl, they didn't know about this requirement so I made it to the gate and they sent me to the Customer service desk in the E concourse where they swiped my credit card and I got the appropriate ticket that said Zero taxes paid.

Always give yourself time most gate agents especially the ones abroad are pretty clueless to the process. I find being super nice while maintaining a level of assertiveness works great.

To sum it up get yourself listed 75 mins prior......Bay the zero taxes and get the paperwork (card ticket stock)that shows you did it........coming back same thing except you have to pay the departure tax specific to that country.

Hope that helps

I'm thinking of going to Buenos Aires also let me know wha you find out abut the taxes and etc....

Good luck.
 

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I went to EZE on AA the July 4th weekend. Awesome city with some good local talent.

Very talented AA agents, Sabre (listing) skills, and looks.

 

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Taxes down there are $18. Delta "taxes" are around $30.
Down there it might take a couple of gate agents to figure out how to process the JS but everyone will know what you are talking about.
 

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Cool...yea, I know what you're talking about with the $0.00 recipt from Delta, did it going to Prague from Atlanta, but I went from there right to Vienna on Austrian, so I didn't pay any return taxes as I wasn't coming back on Delta. Lets just hope those load restrictions noted on the nonrev site dont play too big a factor.
 

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Just wanted to revive this thread....my Buddy is thinking of taking a trip down to BA anyone got the 411 on whether or not cargo loads are a problem on ATL to Buenos Aires?
 
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