I'll preface this by saying that i'm a college student and travel anywhere from 10-12 times a year to see a long-distance girlfriend , recently I've been making travel arrangements with the goal of getting bumped.
I'm wondering if any airline employees have tips on how to accomplish getting bumped the best ? I've seen some threads on this but more specifically I'm wondering if gate agents like or dislike some tactics by those trying to get bumped, or have recommendations on which kind of flights have really good chances for needing volunteers.
I've also heard about this somewhat unethical method used by folks when trying to get bumped - showing up at the airport and buying refundable tickets, then if the flight does not need anyone just cashing in the ticket instead of using it. Suppose though that I showed up at the airport, bought a ticket for $1000 and then volunteered myself - would I still be able to refund that $1000 ticket and get booked on the next flight and a voucher?