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CO Gave My Friend $2,000 Today!  
User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Posted (6 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 1694 times:

No, this is not a send-up of Falcon84's unfortunate thread  Smile

My friend and his family were booked on CO NYC-SFO in 'Y' and accepted a voluntary overbooking 'bump'. CO paid him $2,000 to fly out next day with a Business First upgrade. He tells me that the boarding agent said this happens all the time as that flight is frequently overbooked.

So that's what happened to the $1,800 saved...  Wink

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User currently offlineJpax From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1020 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 12 hours ago) and read 1624 times:

Voluntary bumping is a great deal if you're in no rush. Unfortunately, almost all of my travels involve getting back to class the next day. If the opportunity ever arose in which I could afford to be bumped, I certainly would. Though, I've only witnessed a few voluntary bumping scenarios in my travels which were resolved rather quickly...

User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1430 times:

When I used to fly to JAX from ATL and back every other week on a full fare DL ticket (paid for by my clients), I would intentionally pick the overbooked flights usually the 5:00 PM Friday return (a lot of people either work in ATL and live in Jax or vice versa and the flights are jammed packed Friday afternoons). The full fare would allow the ticket to be issued every time.

I would then show up at the airport an hour early for the Friday JAX to ATL return, offer to give up my seat for a confirmed rebooking on a flight two (sometimes 3) hours later and get a free ticket anywhere DL flew (I think it was limted to domestic travel) plus a meal voucher and usually an upgrade to F (though the Plat Medallion status pretty much guaranteed this anyway). Over three years I racked up something like 40 tickets this way. The gig ended when DL switched from free tickets to Delta dollars.


User currently offlineAlfa75 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1394 times:

Was that $2000 just to him but total for his family?


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User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

Cash or credit? I'm willing to bet credit.


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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1381 times:



Quoting Alfa75 (Reply 3):
Was that $2000 just to him but total for his family?

I would hope that it was for more than one person... the largest I've ever heard CO offer is $400/person and once you get past that, aside from avoiding the possibility of being sued there's not really any financial benefit to looking for volunteers vs. just involing the last person to check in without a seat assignment.

Lincoln



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User currently offlineGoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2725 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1365 times:



Quoting Lincoln (Reply 5):
I would hope that it was for more than one person... the largest I've ever heard CO offer is $400/person and once you get past that, aside from avoiding the possibility of being sued there's not really any financial benefit to looking for volunteers vs. just involing the last person to check in without a seat assignment.

I've seen them offer $800 to a single passenger, and they got a taker.

I saw $700 once as well.


User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

It was for his family - 2 adults and a 5-year old. They started the offer at $400 each.

I am not sure if it was cash or credit...I'll check the next time I chat with him.


User currently offlineAnalog From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1342 times:



Quoting Lincoln (Reply 5):
the largest I've ever heard CO offer is $400/person and

$800 voucher + food & hotel for LGW-IAH

They wouldn't let me do it as I was in BF and BF was full the next day. The lazy GA didn't want to go through the hassle of refunding my miles & copay (I was upgraded).


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