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Old 06-18-2013, 04:03 PM   #1
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Anyone been bumped on a Southwest flight

OK, this is not exactly a Disney question, but I was wondering if anyone has ever had a flight booked, been at the airport, and then have the option of taking a later flight because your flight was oveer-sold, and then get free or reduced flights? I've always heard the announcement, but never taken advantage of it because we normally would need to get back home. But our September trip will jut be me and DW so that is ceertainly an option for us this time.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:08 PM   #2
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:29 PM   #3
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I always get bumped on Southwest flights...


...by the little old lady with the HUGE carry-on bag, who never checks in early, and so always gets Group C.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:30 PM   #4
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This belongs on the transportation board.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:39 PM   #5
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Never they have made announcements if people want to give up there seats for others but these people are ones that show up late or check in late.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:01 PM   #6
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It's a great deal if you can swing it!

That happened to me once while travelling for work - probably about 5 years ago. It was three days before Christmas and as I recall there was an out-of-state flight delayed which caused more delays...anyway, they asked for volunteers to give up their seats so my co-worker and I did. We each got a voucher for about $400 because we had to wait a couple of hours. I got some dinner, relaxed at the airport and got a lovely voucher!

It's never happened to me since then, though, and I fly Southwest about 6 or 7 times a year (which is not a ton but more than some).
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:23 PM   #7
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Been bumped 3 times

I always look for the chance to get bumped, particularly if they have a flight going later on the same day. SW will give you a travel voucher that you will have to use in a year, so you don't actually get cash. But it is a pretty good deal.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:35 PM   #8
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I haven't, but I would like to! I think this trip we will let the desk know at check-in that we would be willing to give up our seats if the flight is over booked. Might not work since we are party of 5, but we can try.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:24 PM   #9
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Never they have made announcements if people want to give up there seats for others but these people are ones that show up late or check in late.
I've heard them ask that several times
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:32 PM   #10
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I have had chance once and it was day we were traveling home.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:29 PM   #11
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We've had the chance a couple of times, but when one flight is full, we figure that most of them are full. So we've always passed, on the assumption that getting there now is better than getting there later -- maybe -- and getting a couple of hundred bucks.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #12
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I hear these announcements on almost every flight I take now, as airlines seem to be really overbooking now, but I've never taken the deal. A friend of mine did on her way back from Europe once, and she said NEVER AGAIN!! By the time she actually got on a flight (you're never guaranteed, you fly stand-by), she was bounced around to so many different airports, she felt like it wasn't worth the money she got back.

Now, I don't know if it's better for a domestic flight, but I won't be finding out.
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I have not flown Southwest but I have volunteered to be bumped on other airlines. Occasionally, or rather, often, they announce not only the value of the voucher as compensation but also a replacement flight you will be booked on.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:52 AM   #14
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Friends of ours we just traveled with had this happen to them last weekend. They checked in on Thursday, flight was oversold. They took the three vouchers, as well as an overnight stay to take the same flight the next day. When they got to the airport the next day, same flight was oversold. Two of the three of them took another bump. They ended up with about $2,000 in vouchers! But two of them didn't get home until about 1:45 am! I am always willing to do this, but DH is firmly in the no camp.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:15 AM   #15
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Haven't done it on Southwest but have several times on Delta Airlines. Usually going home. The compensation voucher has either paid or partially paid for out next flight to Disney

We only do it as long as it doesn't effect us getting back to work. We take a later flight and go get a meal at the airport, relax and wait for the later flight. They tell you what flight or flights they will put you on and give us the later flight boarding passes, we have even had our checked luggage transferred without issue.

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