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Guide to getting bumped

April 7, 2011

With more and more travelers flying across cities for business or pleasure, seats are filling up and that is forcing the airlines to bump customers. Most airlines (at least in U.S.) offer vouchers or cash to passengers they cannot board on packed flights.

Last year, out of 595 million passengers, about 681,100 were denied seats on planes, according to the Department of Transportation. Most of those people volunteered to give up their seats in return for some form of compensation, like a voucher for a free flight. But D.O.T. statistics also show that about 1.09 of every 10,000 passengers was bumped involuntarily.

New York Times reports that a 20-year-old senior at the University of Florida said he earned “well over $10,000” in flight vouchers in the last three years by strategically booking flights that were likely to be oversold in the hopes of being bumped.

Flying through hubs, taking the red-eye, choosing the right airline and the right day, and knowing the rules will definitely help whoever is looking forward to getting bumped.

Check out the ‘Guide to getting bumped’ posted by NYTimes.



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