How To Score $11,000 in Oversold Bump Vouchers


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After my successful bump last week resulting in a $800 American Express gift card for taking a flight 35 minutes later with a connection, it seems as others had good luck this week, thanks to Delta’s weather disruptions earlier in the week, causing many passengers to be on overbooked flights as well.

Below is an article of a family who scored $11,000 in vouchers for giving up their seats this weekend.

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When the compensation for volunteers got to $900 a ticket in gift cards (American Express, Target, Macy’s and so on), my husband convinced me to consider the offer. I thought it was too low, but I said I was open to the idea. My husband approached the gate agent and offered to give up our seats for $1,500 apiece. She countered: $1,350 each.

Indeed, when we got to the airport, the airline started offering money to volunteers…$300…$600…$900…$1,000…$1,300. Bingo! We took the offer of $1,300 per person. The airline also threw in lunch ($15 each) and round-trip taxi fare (worth about $50). Do the math — that’s almost $4,000 for a family of three. The airline assured us that we would get confirmed seats on Sunday.

But we can’t complain. Do the math — my family and I made about $11,000 from Delta this weekend. And it didn’t cost us anything besides our time (and a missed trip).

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If you’re looking to bump on Delta know a few of the following things. Not every city offers American Express gift cards, infact most only will offer Delta vouchers.

After confirming with a gate agent what I’ve researched on Flyertalk the following Delta hubs offer American Express gift cards as compensation: New York- JFK and LGA, Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Atlanta. This may be that these cities typically will overbook more due to the amount of connections and the possibility of no-shows, however whenever everyone shows up, these cities have the most passengers they’ll need to bump.

Remember you can always negotiate a higher amount as well! Just because they offer $400, doesn’t mean you can’t counter at $800 or even $1300! If they need volunteers and can’t get enough, they may be likely to make a deal with you.

Have you had any successes scoring big on a recent oversold Delta flight? Feel free to share your thoughts below! 

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