Want to get bumped & earn free? Here are a few strategies.
Want to get bumped and earn free travel? Here are a few strategies to employ but remember that there is guarantee that they will work. It is a roll of the dice a gamble that you are taking that the flight will be oversold.
Schedule your flights on peak travel days and times. Business travelers typically fly Sunday evening, Monday morning and Friday afternoon. Often these flights are fairly full so your chance of overbooking is increased. Catch the last flight of the day as these are the ones that frequently get cancelled due to a variety of reasons.
Other techniques are not to pre assign seats and have them reserved at the airport. You run a risk of getting that dreaded middle seat but without a pre reserved seat your chances of getting bumped is increased. Another tactic is to show up at the gate late. Be sure to meet the airline specified check in time but by showing up at the last moment without assigned seats again increases your chances of being denied boarded.
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