I am taking a trip to Los Angeles to visit some friends for the New Year, and my days of travel are not flexible...i will be going BDL-LAX-BDL, outbound Tuesday December 27th and returning Sunday January 2nd. I'm kinda hard up on the cash right now so I'm thinkin of springing for the 50,000 mile rulebuster award ticket (i've got about 60,000 miles in my acct). I'm considering trying a priceline ticket but I think if that ended up being over $300 its worth it for me financially just to shell out the 50K miles for the award ticket. Here are my questions though that I need help on.
I know that both those days will be relatively heavy travel days; I'm thinkin of doing a double connection in each direction to increase my opportunities of getting bumped. Could someone that works for Northwest please check out the following flights for me and let me know what my chances are in your estimation??? I have not booked this itinerary yet but I think this will be the one that I choose that fits my schedule best plus provides some of the better bump opportunities....
Tuesday December 27th
BDL-DTW NW 1183
DTW-MSP NW 741
MSP-LAX NW 307 <-- this one is a 319 and shows up as having only the exit rows and 8 premium/handicapped seats available
Sunday, January 2nd
LAX-IND NW 206 <--Again, this one shows only exit rows and premium seats available
IND-DTW NW 1018
DTW-BDL NW 1188
Are there any other alternate combinations on those days (with 2 connections to maximize the # of flights and better chance at a bump)...on the way out it would be possible to go later in the day via Memphis if that'd be a better way to get bumped.... I'm trying to earn a free ticket or voucher to recoup the cost of having to use 50K miles on a domestic ticket (yeah, I know thats cheap but hey, I like challenges)....
Any help is grreeeeattly appreciated.....thanks