...to "bump" a passenger to another airline?
Do they actually pay full fare or is there some kind of reciprocal thing going on (We'll take X of your bumps if you take X of ours)?
This afternoon I was originally booked on a CO [ExpressJet] nonstop CLE-RDU that was oversold by 4 and since my plans today were very flexibly [basically just rent a car and drive to GSP] I volunteered my seat, which they wound up using.
They gave me two new boarding passes...fine, I guess...for some reason I thought there was a later non-stop, but I like airports: One boarding pass for CLE-PHL, one for PHL-RDU, and on closer inspection the PHL-RDU segment was operated by US (US1460, I was in seat 8F)... My boarding pass indicated that this seat came from 'Y' inventory and that flight was oversold by one person making me curious about the back-end financial stuff.
I was somewhat suprised that they didn't stick me on Continental-operated (or at least codeshared) flights -- CLE-EWR-RDU, CLE-IAH-RDU, CLE-DTW-RDU, CLE-ATL-RDU being a few of the options I can think of off the top of my head so ovbiously the cost can't have been that horrible [and it probably was the fastest option]
Just trying to get an idea of how these things work,
[This was my first time on US Airways since '95 --- while the overall expericence was better than with Delta, I'm in no hurry to change my alleginace. And the level of advertising (tray tables, videos, flight attendants hawking credit cards) was annoying. The captain was cool, though]