Space A

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  1. kbtrans

    kbtrans Member

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    Hi all,
    Hoping to find out if it is possible for a cadet to fly home Space-A? We live in Europe and it sure would help with air fares.
    Kuriously,
    kbtrans
     
  2. eagle36

    eagle36 USAFA Alumnus

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    yes cadets can, HOWEVER:

    while it does safe with money, it is not always reliable. the cadet is responsible for getting back on time. Space A not coming through is not an excuse, so you would have to purchase a ticket day of if Space A doesn't come through. so doable, but risky if you don't have several days to wait for it
     
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    Space A answered

    Thanks very much for this info. What is his priority? I guess pretty low, but higher or lower than, say, retired military?
     
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    eagle36 USAFA Alumnus

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    in the priority 1 category. so ahead of retired, reservists, and family members. but each category also goes by rank, so below any active duty officers or enlisted.

    this site shares a lot about it: http://www.baseops.net/spaceatravel/
     
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    Great link. Many thanks Eagle 36.
     
  6. homewith4

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    There are more people who can travel besides those listed below, but generally speaking, these are what typically use the space a system

    category 1: emergency leave
    category 2: active duty on orders
    category 3: active duty on leave
    category 4: families with deployed active duty sponsors
    category 5: families of active duty sponsors living overseas travelling w/o the sponsor
    category 6: retirees

    I have hopped Cat V from Ramstein Germany to/from the states twice. Once in late September into McGuire and once in Early November into BWI. I've had good success travelling off-season. I am trying for the first time peak season this summer, mid-July, I booked one way commercial back here because we are returning the week before school starts. We know several Cat V travelers who missed the first 2 weeks of school waiting on a flight.
    IMO, it's worth the money for the cadet to get home and relaxing rather than have them sit at a terminal for 2-3 days waiting for a flight (after all there are no college tuition expenses). And as mentioned previously, you would have to consider the costs of buying a late-purchase seat.
     

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