I have already shared my experiences with AA
on other threads, but I'll gladly share them again.
There was a period of time in the nineties when AA
had two flights to LIM
from the US (there are now 3, and there used to be 5) operating 757. At the time, there were no other US carriers operating to LIM
operate also, and UA
pulled out) so there were overbooked flights pretty much all the time. As my wife and I were teachers at expensive, private schools in LIM
, we always traveled with the masses of rich people who had homes in MIA
. The Saturday before school started (3 different times of the school year), the flights were FULL. I got "bumped" every time. A typical situation was 1500 travel voucher per seat, a night in a hotel (Hilton, Omni, to name a few), and three meals because we needed to stay 24 hours until the next evening. We did this for 3 years and probably earned about 15,000 US in the process in travel vouchers. After arriving in LIM
, I would call the airline and book the next holiday, pay with vouchers (tickets were always less than the voucher), and I would earn FF
miles in the process because vouchers = cash to the airline. Often, I got bumped from 2-3 flights in one weekend.
Unfortunately, we returned to live in the US and supply increased in that market, so the situation ended. However, every time I reach the counter at MIA
, I ask if there is an overbooking situation. One time, they said "no" but an hour later, prior to boarding, they upgraded my entire family (1 Platinum, 3 Gold, including my 3 and 6 year old daughters) to business because they looked at the profile and needed 4 seats, I suppose.
Faucett. La primera linea aerea del Peru.