I have asked my flatmate to check how much it would cost him to go to Brussels and Berlin on standby: return tickets £81.90 and £79.00 respectively.
Well if it is what you call heavily discounted, think again, you can go for similar prices on low cost airlines.
Don’t forget that if the flight is full, they don’t get on board (therefore when downroute, you might have to pay for a hotel at the last minute since you will only find out whether you get on-board or not just when the flight is closing).
They have to pay airport tax like anyone else too
So as Brushes said $25 to go to Paris, that was 25 years ago, things have changed and airlines have realised that it is a good way to make money and fill in empty seats. REMEMBER, these are standby tickets, if the flight is full, you don’t get on, so the airline has nothing to lose!
Oh and they have to pay a non-refundable fee of £1.95 per sector per person for website maintenance.
The bottom line is that BA is punishing staff for participating in a legal strike, they are therefore acting illegally.