Parisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 820 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1015 times:
I will be flying soon with a french airline that I will not identify..about whom I have heard so many stories of overbooking. That is, people with confirmed reservations who are denied boarding because there are more people than seats.
What is the law on this in France or Europe ? How do you avoid getting bumped ?
if you are assigned your seat already, does this decrease the chance of getting bumped ?
thanks a lot.
FlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 967 times:
I don't know about the laws in the French Fifth Republic, but here in America the airlines have to give you compensation if they bump you. Sometimes the compensation is quite substantial for a day's delay, like a round-trip domestic ticket. If you can stand the delay, by all means you should volunteer.
The rules are that the last people who check in with the cheapest tickets get involuntarily bumped if there isn't room, though. You might have to confirm your flight ahead of time by calling the airline office.
I noticed the last time I was at CDG that there was some controversy over the standby pax, though. It delayed us for three hours. The rules might be different.
CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4773 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 945 times:
If I was a business traveller, I would be peeved if they bumped me. As a leisure traveller, I would welcome it. Canadian Airlines used to offer a free return trip anywhere in the world if you took a later flight...I don't know if Air Canada is continuing this though. Most offer at least $500 compensation.
Southern From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 910 times:
I've just come back on malaysian airlines and i know on my flight they were 20 people over booked (20/1) and on another flight (25/1) they were 40 pax over booked... thats alot of people... im not sure what they offer as compensation too!
YXDfan From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 898 times:
I'm guessing the Malaysian flight was a widebody jumbo of some sort... 40 people is not that bad when you consider that Air Canada regularily overbooks its Airbus A320s by 30 passengers. I know this because I was supposed to be on a flight that was "wide open" when it was in fact oversold by 30 people. 29 people didn't show up and the last seat was between me and an AC employee... guess who got left behind in Toronto?
Goboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2673 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 879 times:
I was on a United Airlines flight on a 727 last year from ORD to Colorado Springs. It was overbooked by 6 people. At first, they were offering, for a flight that was only 180 minutes later, $300 travel on United. By the time I was in the plane, a UAL Rep. was on board searching for someone to take a the flight 3hrs. later for $500. That's a lot of money for waiting for three hours, probably enough to buy 2 round trips from ORD-Colorado Sp.