This evening I was booked on a flight from Tampa to Detroit which looked rather full, but not overbooked. I made a post asking whether or not they might need volunteers, and the consensus was no. One reader that frequents the route even said I had a “0 percent chance of bump.” :(

Well, not only did they need volunteers, they needed lots of them! They were both overbooked and weight restricted (it was a DC9). They were offering a $300 voucher and hotel with a seat on the first flight out tomorrow morning. I wanted to take it, but had to say no. I absolutely have to be in Ann Arbor tomorrow at noon, and just can’t risk not being there. One delay and I’d be screwed. Besides, my brother flew out just to spend time with me, so I couldn’t do it to him (although in fairness I’m now waiting at DTW because his flight was two hours late).

So the moral of the story? Bumps always happen when they’re least convenient, and most importantly, there’s ALWAYS a chance at a bump, no matter how a flight looks a few days out.

Now, here’s to hoping for some love from Northwest on my return, which shows as P2Y0 as of now.

  1. July 17th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    weeklyflyer said,

    You proved me wrong. Sorry you couldn’t take advantage of the offer. Have fun in MI.

  2. July 17th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    bmvaughn said,

    Sorry you couldn’t take it. Next time!

  3. July 17th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    whakojacko said,

    I had to turn down a bump on my PIT-DEN on friday since nothing could get me into SEA before 11pm, which was too late. What a sad feeling

  4. July 18th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    hobo13 said,

    You’ll get one on the way home on Sunday. Your stats look good. :-)

  5. July 18th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Sam said,

    god damn it lucky! you’re not allowed to talk about bumps anymore, you’re just making the rest of us feel bad.

  6. July 18th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    BTA said,

    I wonder if they downgagued to a smaller DC9? Either way, you are some kind of bump magnet!

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