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Old 01-03-2011, 06:42 AM
 
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I fly often and get bumped from time to time. The only way to minimize your chances are to check in online, exactly (or close to) 24 hours in advance of your departure time. Even then, there are no guarantees and often I am still not assigned a seat. This happens to me more on commuter jets than larger planes.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:30 AM
 
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People crack me up. They want ridiculously low fares (which require planes to fly full) but also don't want to take a chance on being bumped.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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I have never been bumped on a flight. However, the last 6 flights we were on were overbooked and they were looking for volunteers to take the next flight. It's becoming more and more common to hear that, I never used to in all my travels.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:30 AM
 
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Same here MAK. I'm actually hoping to take a voluntary bump next week, even if it means I have to stay overnight an extra night. (I've got a free place to stay fairly near the airport, so it's no biggie.)
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:03 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Same here MAK. I'm actually hoping to take a voluntary bump next week, even if it means I have to stay overnight an extra night. (I've got a free place to stay fairly near the airport, so it's no biggie.)
When we were going to Vegas, we really had no set time to get there. SW offered a $400 voucher to each person willing to be bumped and a guaranteed seat on the next flight, 2 hours later. My husband wouldn't do it and I really wanted to! We were in no hurry, it was still early and we could have gone home since we live 10 mins from the airport and security lines are non-existent here. I'm taking it next time an offer like that comes along! $400 on SW will take you a long way, unlike other carriers!
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:09 AM
 
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When we were going to Vegas, we really had no set time to get there. SW offered a $400 voucher to each person willing to be bumped and a guaranteed seat on the next flight, 2 hours later. My husband wouldn't do it and I really wanted to! We were in no hurry, it was still early and we could have gone home since we live 10 mins from the airport and security lines are non-existent here. I'm taking it next time an offer like that comes along! $400 on SW will take you a long way, unlike other carriers!
SW is one of the most overbooked of all the carriers, always has been. I fly US Airways, and given the routes that I typically fly, $400 would get me a couple r/t tickets.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:17 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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SW is one of the most overbooked of all the carriers, always has been. I fly US Airways, and given the routes that I typically fly, $400 would get me a couple r/t tickets.
We use SW once or twice a year, when Delta's rates are much higher. When you're offered $29/each way you take it! They are by far the cheapest for us for Vegas so we use them.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:34 PM
 
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SW is one of the most overbooked of all the carriers, always has been. I fly US Airways, and given the routes that I typically fly, $400 would get me a couple r/t tickets.
And they have the fewest involuntary bumps as people are generally lined up to take the bump. Why? Because they are easy to redeem.

I had a bump once on Continental and spend three month trying to find a way to use the voucher.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I always take a bump when I can, those vouchers give me nice little vacations I love it.
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:24 AM
 
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People crack me up. They want ridiculously low fares (which require planes to fly full) but also don't want to take a chance on being bumped.
Yes, this is my husband's attitude--he refuses to see it any other way.

There has only been one occasion when we almost got bumped--years ago.
It was Thanksgiving and we had an 15 month old kid at the time; the agent had mercy on us and someone else had to stay in Denver.

I do indeed hear them asking for volunteers much more often now, and we are in a bit more flexible position--but yeah, redeeming the voucher is not always the easiest.
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