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Getting Bumped
« on: February 16, 2010, 09:29:35 AM »
Ok, I need to know EVERYTHING there is to know about getting bumped. For example, best strategy to get bumped, & what you get in return...
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Re: Getting Bumped
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2010, 10:59:05 AM »
1. make sure to book your flight in a time when many people like to travel, as then there will be a chance of overbookings.
2. before you book your flight look at the seats and see what your chances are of overbookings.
3.when you get to the gate ask the flight agent if there's a chance of overbookings. many times they'll say that they'll write you down on a list, and see if there are more people than seats.
4. some times, they'll be announcing on the speakers that they are looking for people to give up their seats.
5. they'll offer you compensation. usually around $400 in airline vouchers (they offered this to me although my flight was only a one way), if it means, that the next avail. flight is the next day, they should pay for your hotel etc. (sometimes you need to demand a little bit...) if it gets closer to the flight time, they might raise the compensation (it might be worth waiting, but you never know)
6. if noone volunteers, and there's still more people than seats, they will deny boarding to those who don't fit on the plane, with compensation. however, many airlines write in their terms that you can get CASH compensation, so you need to demand it.
7. don't even try to get bumped with JetBlue. they never over sell their flights, and they offer $1000 cash if you are denied boarding, good luck.
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Re: Getting Bumped
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2010, 11:18:13 AM »
anyone has experience getting bumped with co to tlv?
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Re: Getting Bumped
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2010, 09:26:24 PM »
any difference in compensation on an international flight?
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Re: Getting Bumped
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2010, 09:48:44 PM »
my brother got bumped twice flying from AU to LA and got $800 bucks each time.
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Re: Getting Bumped
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2010, 07:28:29 AM »
The deal is like this. When you want to get bumped it will never happen.
When you least expect it they will be offering 1000 dollars and a business class seat on the next flight.
That is my experience but YMMV

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Re: Getting Bumped
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2010, 11:05:09 AM »
I've been bumped a dozen times or so, lots of fun!  I find United to bump people a lot, it's much more rare on Continental.

International bumps are worth much more than domestic bumps.

For domestic bumps United usually gives a free US48/Canada ticket although they may be persuaded to give travel credits.
If there's space they may be willing to put you in First on the next flight.  You can also negotiate for airport food credit.  I once took an overnight bump with free hotel accommodation (they were also willing to taxi me to a friend's house to stay overnight).  I had them confirm me on a full flight the next day which I got bumped off of as well and played the game for a few flights before getting booked on a Continental flight.

Usually when you get rebooked on another flight it's in full Y class so you get often get more miles or upgraded.

Continental will offer $200-$400 for domestic flights and a first class seat if available.

These are good tools to see how full a flight is:
http://flyaow.com/classamex.htm
http://seatcounter.com/
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Re: Getting Bumped
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2010, 04:22:59 PM »
Was once Traveling with a stop over, the first flight was an hour flight like 100 miles, got bumped off that one, the airline payed for the cab to the next airport, we made it in time for our original flight, Got free vouchers to anywhere in the 48 states, and didnt lose anytime,
this was with United!

Another was from JFK to LAX had a stopover in Washington (was a miles ticket) in JFK they called us out by name to bump us, gave us free vouchers, put us on a direct flight from JFK to lax in business class, and best of all, bec we didnt have to stop, we made it to LAX ahead of schedule, to bad we had to wait for hour bags to make it through the stop over, like a half hour.

Spirit Airlines from ORD to to FLL offered to bump me, put me on American to MIA, but my car was by FLL and Spirit flights are good to have free ones but not worth the hassle to me!
 

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Re: Getting Bumped
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2010, 10:14:28 PM »
anyone has experience getting bumped with co to tlv?

 When CO 1st started up they didnt know the mkt and almost every flight needed peopel to vol. But sadly that was a few yrs ago. today hardly ever does CO need anyone to be a vol

Out of EWR they paid $700 (voucher) out of TLV it was $500 (voucher)

 I wouldnt expect any bumps even around the Hagim time, yes CO really has it down to know how many they can oversell it by and still not have to bump anyone

 even rarer is a free Upgrade to BF, hardly ever will that occur as theyw ould 1st move a person on an expensive fare up from coach before giving it as part of the Bump

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Re: Getting Bumped
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2010, 10:51:51 PM »
is it possible to get "bumped" up to a higher class (to a full fare coach) from a lower fare on the same flight? seatcounter shows all but 2 of the "cheap seats being full, but others open...
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Re: Getting Bumped
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2010, 11:32:41 PM »
is it possible to get "bumped" up to a higher class (to a full fare coach) from a lower fare on the same flight? seatcounter shows all but 2 of the "cheap seats being full, but others open...
Why would they do that?
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Re: Getting Bumped
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2010, 12:53:58 AM »
Why would they do that?

 well it is very possible and happens all the time, at least with UA

UA has 2 coach sections E- & E+ anyone w/o status when purchasing a tkt gets E-. If UA oversells the flight so all the E- seats are taken they then will put those w/o seats into E+ w/o charge.

then if you have status and theres more people for coach then there are E- & E+ seats UA bumps its Elites from E+ into Biz and if need be those in Biz into 1st

Then if there are still more people then seats on the plane its time for VDB then IDB

 But as far as I know its only UA that does this.

 BTW this has nothing to do with the fare basis except most likely those on the more expensive fares will be the ones the Carrier Upgrades. So if you dont have top or middle status with the Carrier and arent on a Full fare tkt I wouldnt hold my breathe about being UPed, its not something you can ask UA for the computer does it automatically
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Re: Getting Bumped
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2010, 12:58:33 AM »
is it possible to get "bumped" up to a higher class (to a full fare coach) from a lower fare on the same flight? seatcounter shows all but 2 of the "cheap seats being full, but others open...

That happened to me once on United, was in coach, and they had 2 Frst class seats open, but coach was sold out, and bec i had Elite status they called me by name and put me and my wife in Frst class, We didnt get any free tickets or anything, so i dont think it would it would be considered getting bumped, more like a free upgrade!

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Re: Getting Bumped
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2010, 04:42:45 AM »
That happened to me once on United, was in coach, and they had 2 Frst class seats open, but coach was sold out, and bec i had Elite status they called me by name and put me and my wife in Frst class, We didnt get any free tickets or anything, so i dont think it would it would be considered getting bumped, more like a free upgrade!
Thats not his question. His question is within the same class ie discount coach to full fare coach. and to that the answer would be why the heck would they(unless i misunderstood the question which is always a possibility! ;D)

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Re: Getting Bumped
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2010, 11:10:11 AM »
Thats not his question. His question is within the same class ie discount coach to full fare coach. and to that the answer would be why the heck would they(unless i misunderstood the question which is always a possibility! ;D)
That's what I understood as well.

When you get moved to first class due to coach being oversold it's called an operational upgrade, or Op-Up.
It's very rare and there's most definitely no compensation involved.  ;D

It happened to my wife last year on Continental when we were going to Vegas last year and I had already been upgraded and she got an op-up (due to preemptive prodding on my part).
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