6) Use the Power of Negotiation
As the volunteering party, you have the power to take advantage of an airline’s desperate situation and negotiate. The first thing to remember is to be polite; rude demands will get you nowhere. Second, take into consideration the length of delay you face for offering up your seat. According to the Department of Transportation, a short delay warrants compensation two times the original price of the one-way ticket. Longer delays permit four times the one-way value. Find out the schedule of the alternate flight and calculate your wait time. This is a bargaining tool. When the time comes, make the agent a deal. For example, they offer $400 for your seat, counter offer at $600 if your delay is more than 2 hours. Don’t feel guilty about it – airlines have allotted funds for these situations.
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