Getting bumped from your flight might sound like a terrible inconvenience, but volunteering for this is a strategy travelers can use to earn serious money for flights, as well as upgrades like first class seating and lounge access.
Travel site Johnny Jet tells us why and how to volunteer to get bumped, from waiting close to the gate and politely asking agents if they need volunteers to asking for cash vouchers rather than a flight voucher. (If you’re involuntarily bumped off a flight you’re entitled to a cash payout, but this might not apply if you’re volunteering to give up your seat.) Johnny Jet points out you can even do this multiple times in the same day or week if it’s really busy and accumulate those cash vouchers like candy.
In exchange for having to be flexible with your next flight, you could also get other valuable perks as long as you’re willing to ask:
If the agent is struggling to find volunteers, the money usually goes up and so do the perks. I normally won’t change my plans for anything less than $400, even if it’s a short bump. But I will always see if they can bump me into first class on the next flight or give me a premium economy seat. Before I had credit cards that got me into the lounges, I would ask for a lounge pass as well. If you don’t have one, ask for lounge access and a meal voucher (usually $10).
Check out the post below for more tips and tricks about getting bumped.
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