This is How You Protect Yourself From Getting Bumped From a Flight
Do you remember the first vacation you took as a grown-up?
Mine was a girls’ getaway to Oahu. We had soooo much fun!
Back then, flying in an airplane was exciting. Glamorous. And, dare I say, sexy? People actually dressed up to fly! Even in economy.
Fast forward a few decades and flying is more often an experience to be endured rather than one to be enjoyed.
A necessary evil.
A means to an end.
On a recent trip to Barcelona, my experience with Delta Airlines was bad enough to leave me seriously questioning my commitment to travel.
Still, it was nowhere near as horrible as Dr. David Dao’s ordeal with United Airlines back in April.
There are steps you can take to protect yourself from being bumped involuntarily, like Dr. Dao.
Virtuoso travel advisors recommend that you:
- Establish status with a specific airline and fly it or within its alliance partners whenever possible.
- Reserve seat assignments as soon as the flight is booked – even if you have to pay extra.
- Check in online 24 hours before the flight to reconfirm seats.
- Avoid sitting in the very front or back rows of Economy Class as these seats may be displaced in the event of an equipment downsize on domestic U.S. flights. The last row is often reserved for families traveling with small children as well.
Now that we have that sorted out, I just wish someone would figure out how to put the fun back in flying. I’d gladly pay an optional fee for that!
Have you ever been bumped from a flight, either voluntarily or involuntarily? Were you fairly compensated? Tell us all about it in the comments.
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