In the wake of the Delta jet skidding off the runway at LGA last week, many flights into and out of LaGuardia were canceled and passengers were placed on alternate flights to NYC (JFK & EWR).
As a result, my flight the next day from Atlanta (ATL) to Newark was extremely oversold. However, Delta’s kiosk was only allowing me to bid as high as $250 for giving up my seat (at $250 I likely would not have given up the seat). The gate was a different story! It was utter chaos and the gate agent started taking volunteers almost immediately. I was one of the first volunteers, but having lost my Platinum status just days earlier (purposely did not re-qualify for elite status with DL), I did not know if I’d actually get bumped.
There were very few volunteers (everyone wanted to get home and many had been at the airport since the night before) and so the voucher amount was steadily increasing. Delta started at $250, then it was $400, $500, $650, $700, all the way to $1,000. I went back up to the gate agent to ensure that I would be given the final amount offered, even-though I had volunteered when it was only at $250. I was told that I would receive the highest amount offered. That’s exactly what happened, I was given a $1,000 voucher and placed on a flight to LGA only 1 hour later!
Off to the LGA gate and it was even more of a mess. This time they started at $800, then $1000, then $1300. I asked which flight I would be placed on and was told that it would be about 4 hours later, also to LGA. Four hours seems intense but for $1300 it was worth it to me.
In total, I arrived home six hours late, but received $2300 in vouchers within less than two hours. Totally worth it in my mind! My one-way ticket was $139. Hey, if Delta is going to continue to make it difficult to redeem miles, might as well take the cash money!
I’m hearing Delta started out the bidding at $1300 today at JFK for oversold flights to Ausitn (South by Southwest SXSW).
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