10) Finaggle Little Extras for Your Troubles
You want to get bumped, so it’s not actually much trouble, but you do still have to wait around and adjust your plans. It can be inconvenient even if it was your intention to begin with. If you’ve been rebooked on another flight that departs hours later, ask the airline if they will provide you with a meal voucher, or even better, a lounge pass. Airline lounges are amazingly comfortable and accommodating with clean, private toilets, plenty of charging stations, and complimentary snacks, appetizers, tea, coffee – sometimes even an open bar. For the airline, something like this cost them very little, but will make a big difference to you. Overnight bumps should always include a hotel room and meal voucher. If it’s not outlined, specifically ask for it. Airlines should be more than willing to agree.
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