Comorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4908 posts, RR: 14 Posted (7 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1985 times:
No, this is not a send-up of Falcon84's unfortunate thread
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.
Jpax From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1020 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1915 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...
Pope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1721 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.
Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1672 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.
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GoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2783 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1656 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.