- Mar 30, 2014
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- Vancouver, WA
A ticket agent in Manchester, NH once told me that some people book the earliest flight out of MHT for the first Saturday of Winter break, then volunteer for bumped multiple times during the day. They get cash compensation or free flights over and over again. Finally they catch a flight to their destination. Sounds like a plan if you're willing to do it.
I do rarely volunteer for a bump if the compensation is worth it but not when I'm traveling with someone.
We have found that if they are looking for volunteers early at baggage check, you can often do a little negotiating. Three of us were on a nonstop out of Toyko, and we were able to get $1000 each and our choice of the possible connecting flights home. They first offered less and the connecting flight via Seattle but we ended up with more $$$ and a shorter connection via LA. We didn't give up our seats until the new flight was confirmed, and the end result was a nice payback for arriving home only about 2 hours later.
We've also been able to get rebooked on a later flight but in first class as part of our negotiating.