Avoid being bumped from flight

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Most of us who fly are on a tight deadline. Getting bumped can mean pocketing an extra ticket to use for later or maybe cash. But it is not always convenient. Here are tips for how to be low on the list of customers to bump.

First, being bumped means you've bought an airline ticket. You have a reservation, but the airline is denying you a seat. This has been a hot topic of late after United Airlines forcibly removed a customer. He was told he'd been bumped. He did not want to go.

But let us move forward. What if you do not really like the idea of being bumped either? What can you do?

Here are strategies that put you at the end of the line for being asked to give up your seat.

Start by checking in early. You can check-in online 24 hours before takeoff. Last to check in moves you up the list. If you are a member of an airline's frequent flier program, you will sift to the bottom of the list to be bumped. And the deeper the discount on that ticket the more likely you are to move toward the top of the bump list.

Lastly, airlines do not want to break up a family flying together. So, it helps if you buy the tickets together all at once so they appear as a block.

But remember, it can financially advantageous to get bumped. If you have the time, it's not a bad idea. The airline will offer an incentive to get volunteers to be bumped.  United can offer up to $1,300. But Delta just announced it will sweeten the pot by offering to pay nearly $10,000, in some instances, to give up your seat.

 

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