In most cases, the last thing you want to do while traveling is to turn away from an overbooked flight. However, if you are not in a hurry to get where you want to go, this is a circumstance that could well be profitable in the end. As Forbes writer Laura Begley Bloom points out, you can earn thousands of dollars in compensation fees plus perks by being hit by certain flights.
Begley Bloom received $ 11,000 from Delta Airlines after she and her family did so and were booted from their flights during the Spring Break 2017 season, and other travelers received similar payouts. Delta reportedly pays up to $ 9950 for passengers asked to take later flights, and United charges up to $ 1
Unfortunately, there is no surefire way to predict whether a flight will be overbooked, but there are a few factors that increase your chances of getting a nice compensation package. First, consider flying at peak times (such as Monday morning and Friday night) and high season (holidays and college breaks). You should also try to buy seats on flights that are almost full as they are overbooked much more frequently.
Which airline you fly with is another important factor. According to an analysis by CompareCards.com from the year 2017, Delta is the company that pays most passengers, at least for the big airlines, who voluntarily start a later flight. However, regional airlines such as ExpressJet and SkyWest have even higher burst rates. In the meantime, Hawaiian and JetBlue are the least overbooked airlines.
Just be sure you are at the gate early or you lose your right to compensation. And do not hesitate to ask an airline representative if they are overbooked and looking for volunteers to make another flight.
If you manage to play the system and get hit by a flight, Begley Bloom recommends calling for cash instead of gift cards and coupons that often expire or have a lower value. Passengers are entitled to cash payments when they reject vouchers. She also proposes to pass on the airline's first offer. As long as they still need volunteers, they usually increase the payout and always ask for additional perks, such as meal vouchers, taxi prices and upgrades. If you are lucky, you can greatly improve your vacation at the end of the airline.