You’re on an overbooked flight, what can you do cope with and help prevent airline disruptions and getting bumped. Here are top tips from travel advisors:
- Establish status with a specific airline and stick to flying that airline or one of its alliance partners whenever possible.
- Reserve your seat assignment at the time you book the ticket.
- Check in online 24 hours before your flight departure to confirm your seats.
- Avoid sitting in the front or back rows of economy class. These seats may be displaced in the event of equipment downsize on domestic US flights. Also those rows are often reserved for families with small children.
- Insist the airline rebook you on the next available flight even if it is on another airline.
- Comply with the request but politely ask for more compensation than what they are offering.
- Contact your travel advisor for assistance.
- Ask for a credit card issued gift card instead of an airline voucher, especially if you are not a frequent traveler.
In reality only a very small percentage of passengers are involuntarily bumped. However, just in case it happens to you always remain calm and be polite but don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.