Don’t Get Bumped (Unless You Want to Get Bumped)
As you probably know, most airlines overbook seats because they try to factor in no-shows. But when everyone shows up for a flight, they have a problem. First, the agents offer vouchers (usually worth a few hundred dollars) to passengers willing to take a later flight instead. If you’re flexible, this is a great option—as I explained in this January piece on how and why to get bumped.
But when no one (including you) wants to give up their seat, the agents start involuntarily bumping passengers and it’s usually those who have no elite status or who have checked-in last. Therefore, to prevent getting bumped, either become a frequent flier with airline/alliance you’re flying with or check-in for your flight as far in advance as possible (or both). I check-in for my flights 24 hours prior to departure.
Have you been bumped before? What happened?
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