5) Make Sure it’s Worth it
Before you accept any flight bump, make sure the compensation is worth your trouble. The more dire the situation, the higher the compensation airlines will be willing to offer to volunteer passengers. By law, airlines are not obligated to offer more than $1,350 per ticket. However, they certainly can if necessary. In situations where weather has grounded planes for multiple days or technical malfunctions have delayed or canceled several flights, airlines will be more desperate for a larger number of volunteers. This equals a more generous offer. Usually being bumped off an international flight will warrant higher compensation than domestic, so make sure this has been factored into the equation. If you feel like you’re getting low-balled, point out this difference. Compensation for a domestic flight bump can start at $150 and increase substantially depending on the price of your original ticket.
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