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Being Bumped from Flights

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1. Posted by larondey (Full Member 105 posts) 10y

This past Sunday night, my flight from Atlanta to Greensboro NC was oversold by 8 seats. The airline offered anyone willing to give up their seat $400, 2 meals, a hotel room and the first flight out in the morning. Me and 2 of my friends jumped on the opportunity and spent the night. We were given a hotel voucher for a very nice hotel in Atlanta, but when we got there, the hotel was not accepting the vouchers. After standing in line for 2 hours (@ midnight), we were given another voucher to a really divey place near the airport. We just wanted to get our 1.5 hours of sleep, so we took it.

Anyone else want to share their stories about voluntarily giving up their seats?

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

I have a friend who banks on a flight being overbooked so she can foot her next trip. I guess as long as you don't mind missing a day of your vacation, it's a pretty good deal (IF you get what they promise you!).

I don't get how they can overbook, though. Once the plane's full, wouldn't the reservation system say "Sorry, no can do!" to anyone trying to add more passengers? Maybe it's a clever scheme to send unwitting travellers on wild goose chases to dodgey hotel rooms...

3. Posted by shaila (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

i have yet to get bumped:( but i'm still trying, anything to save some money

I don't get how they can overbook, though. Once the plane's full, wouldn't the reservation system say "Sorry, no can do!" to anyone trying to add more passengers? Maybe it's a clever scheme to send unwitting travellers on wild goose chases to dodgey hotel rooms...

the reason the airlines overbook is because they know some people will miss their flights. they figure out how many people probably won't show up and then overbook it by that many people. or something like that.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting shaila

the reason the airlines overbook is because they know some people will miss their flights. they figure out how many people probably won't show up and then overbook it by that many people. or something like that.

Shaila is correct - there is a statistical analysis for overbooking flights. Each airline has a certain percentage of flights missed over the course of a day, week, month and year. They use those calculations to decide how many tickets to sell for any particular flight. Didn't realize it was such "science" did ya, T!! ;)

5. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 10y

I was offered 600 euro and hotel accomodation a couple of years back on a flight from KL to Paris. Stupidly I did not take it as it had been a nightmare out to the airport and I wasnt in any mood to queue up at the check-in counter the next morning. I had been queued up for about 2 hrs when the offer was put on the table. I think my general irritability and my inability to actually realise how much money they were offering me got in the way of myjudgement. Will definately jump on the offer next time...

6. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 10y

Oh and I forgot to mention as if not egtting the 600 euro wasnt bad enough, my backpack got lost in Vienna and I was stuck wandering around Parisin the height of winter wearing shorts and a singlet for a week! My mate lent me a jacket which stopped me dying at least...

7. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 10y

we got bumped in cusco, to the next flight, we got a return ticket to any major city in Equador, Peru and Chile from Lima.

Result or what

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

I'm surprised to hear that larondey got money to agree to get bumped. Back in the late 90s and early 2000s I remember money being offered, but as of late it seems that the only thing the airlines are offering is "credit" for future flights, which is of little interest to me. If airlines started offering money again, I would start taking them up on the offer.

Greg

9. Posted by larondey (Full Member 105 posts) 10y

GregW, I did get a $400 airline voucher, not cash! Cash would've been a LOT better. But, I'm happy with what I got - $400 is a ticket from Boston to London/Paris.