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Old 01-04-2011, 05:43 AM
 
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Aren't the vouchers only good for certain types of fares on the bigger airlines? It would be cash only for me. The only time I was ever on a flight looking for volunteers I passed, on a $800 United voucher. The flight I would have been on got there before the overbooked one did! A friend of mine used to fly London to Amsterdam every Sunday night which 2-3 weeks out of 4 became Monday morning as he booked a flight that was almost always overbooked, knowing he could cash in. Smart guy.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:17 AM
 
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US Airways offers two types of vouchers. One is for a free r/t ticket with a lot of restrictions, the other is for up to $X towards any ticket without restriction. You need to be sure which they are offering, and always ask for the latter. We've never had a problem with the ones that are a specified dollar amount, just keep in mind that unlike SW, what you don't use on the voucher, you lose. So if the ticket you are trying to purchase is $200 and the voucher is for $250, you don't ahve another $50 to use towards another ticket. Conversely, it the ticket is $450, you can use the $250 towards it and make the difference up in cash.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:20 PM
 
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Yes, they type of voucher is just as important as the amount. Most casual travelers have no idea how to get the most from a bump. Not all vouchers are the same, and not everyone gets the exact same thing.

I found that airline loyalty is the best way to avoid getting bumped and getting the maximum if bumped.
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Old 01-04-2011, 04:40 PM
 
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This thread makes me excited to have SW coming to Atlanta. I have friends in other parts of the country who always offer to be bumped, and have made out very well.
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