When Delta’s $600 Bump Isn’t Enough

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The “bump” in airline frequent flyer speak means free money. If a flight is oversold, they voluntarily “bump” flyers from the flight in exchange for flight vouchers good for future flights. Some people book flights just for the prospect of getting a “bump” from a flight.

When Delta’s $600 Bump Isn’t Enough

On this particular flight I had to turn down $600 in Delta vouchers because it just didn’t make sense.

Normally I would consider it, but not this time.

Sure the upgrade to a Flat-Bed seat on a red-eye was enticing, but not the deciding factor. They would have put me on the next flight (a red-eye) with no Flat-Bed seats or one the next day during the day time. But those were non-starters.

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I had an important commitment to make that isn’t worth any price. I specifically booked this red-eye so I could get back home in time for breakfast, with the two Baby Weekly Flyers, on daddy’s birthday.

You see, I had a call earlier in the day with Baby Weekly Flyer, and BWF was very direct. I almost had an order.

Baby Weekly Flyer: “Daddy, come hom morrow, now…happy day, I help…presents…bye bye.

And that was that. I had my orders and I liked them. That meant we were going to celebrate Daddy’s Birthday, have breakfast, and BWF would “help me” open presents.


No father in the world would trade that time for a measly $600 in Delta cash. No way. No how. So I boarded, took my seat in my favorite Flat-Bed Delta Business Elite seat, and wondered, what is in those presents that we’ll open together tomorrow morning.

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  1. I was offered 5-6-7 and eventually $800 to vacate my F seat on AA ORD-NRT, but same deal, I had connections back to PER to be there for my daughters birthday and I had left it to the last minute to get home, IDL isn’t your friend in this direction either. I sat firm and hoped they didn’t involuntary eject me. Fortunately they didn’t.

  2. Nice call! 🙂 I had a similar situation last year -$1,200 to take a flight the next day. But, that would have meant skipping out on a special chance to see my dad and celebrate a nice birthday surprise with him. Not going to happen!

  3. What a wonderful birthday gift – a special breakfast. You have your priorities straight.

  4. I’ve had similar issues while traveling –no amount of money is worth disappointing my son. Happy Birthday!

  5. I WISH I had the opportunity to get bumped for 600! When my flight is oversold I always volunteer for the 400.00 bump, but haven’t been chosen in years. But just like the rest of the good men on this post, I wouldn’t get bumped if it meant missing special moments with my babies.

  6. “Daddy, come hom morrow, now…happy day, I help…presents…bye bye.

    If my daughter told me that, $5,000 would not be enough.

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