I was scheduled to fly out of LAX last Thursday night when a rather intriguing message flashed across the status update screens. The airline was looking for volunteers to take the next flight instead.
I headed up to the customer service counter with several thoughts running through my mind, mostly revolving around the following equations.
- 11:15pm takeoff + 4 hour flight + 2 hour time change = 5:15am landing
- landing at 5 and sleeping until 2 = sleeping until 5 and landing at 2
To my great delight, the customer service agent joyfully placed me on the next flight with a couple of bonus compensation items.
- $15 meal voucher
- free hotel voucher
- $400 airline voucher
Needless to say I've now adopted a new strategy for my frequent travels: Voluntary Bumping
Note From what I hear, compensation is negotiable and bumps can be chained. Let the fun begin!
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