comorin
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CO Gave My Friend $2,000 Today!

Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:18 am

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
 
Jpax
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RE: CO Gave My Friend $2,000 Today!

Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:56 am

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...
 
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RE: CO Gave My Friend $2,000 Today!

Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:24 pm

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.
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alfa75
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RE: CO Gave My Friend $2,000 Today!

Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:57 am

Was that $2000 just to him but total for his family?
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bristolflyer
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RE: CO Gave My Friend $2,000 Today!

Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:58 am

Cash or credit? I'm willing to bet credit.
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lincoln
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RE: CO Gave My Friend $2,000 Today!

Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:21 am



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
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RE: CO Gave My Friend $2,000 Today!

Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:39 am



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.
 
comorin
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RE: CO Gave My Friend $2,000 Today!

Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:29 am

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.
 
Analog
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RE: CO Gave My Friend $2,000 Today!

Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:34 am



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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