Airlines have been having a bit of a rough time this year. Between United quite literally pulling a passenger off the plane to JetBlue ejecting an entire family from their flight, it's safe to say that those coveted airline seats are harder than ever to keep. But, dear travelers, there's a silver lining to every dark cloud, and this exact problem has given way to arguably the best travel hack.
Scott Keyes, the CEO of popular flight-search website Scott's Cheap Flights, recently revealed how he loves getting bumped from a flight because it can help him to acquire other things. According to Scott, getting bumped puts you in an amazing bargaining position, and airlines will be more than willing to pay upwards of $500, $800, or even $1,000 in exchange for your seat. His advice? Not to stop just there.
If an airline is really pressed (say, for example, that they need five people and no one is getting up to volunteer their seat), Scott says they'll be more than willing to up their offer to $1,000 plus other perks. In an article by Business Insider, Scott says "If I get bumped from my flight back to Portland tomorrow, I'm going to say, “Okay. I'll do it. I want $1,000 travel credit. I also would like to be put on business class or first class on the next flight to Portland that actually get on, and how about some lounge passes in the meantime so I can hang out and eat and drink while I'm waiting for that flight.”"
But the important thing to make note of here is also to keep an eye on what other passengers are being offered. If you're the first person to volunteer your seat in exchange for a certain compensation, but then four more people are offered something more, it's perfectly okay to say "Look. I'm not doing this unless I get what the other people get."
Scott's own words, people, and he's the kind of guy who knows what he's talking about — we're just here taking notes.