More $$ for bumps - CNN article

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  1. syphlix
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    Yes, I really wonder how long it will take before the airlines figure out how to overcome this. I have mixed feelings about it; do I want more for a bump? Will it cause the airlines to never overbook? A lot of moving parts here.
     
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    Being "good" at getting bumped has nothing to do with it; the increased rates are only for involuntary bumps.
     
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    I don't think the airlines need to overcome this- as long as they can ensure the last minute seats they are selling gain more revenue than the cost of a VOLUNTARY bump- they are in great shape. Flying out of Bangkok on Monday night- I saw a couple checking in next to me take a 750 EUR cash payment plus a 4* hotel stay paid with meals in downtown Bangkok and next day confirmed flight- they were thrilled, and the airline accomplished what they wanted- sold another couple of tickets for presumably far more than 750 EUR- in fact I was quite envious I didn't have the time to take advantage of the offer (when I was younger and had more free time/less responsibility I used to do this whenever possible- favorite ever was taking a voluntary bump in Buenos Aires with 500 USD cash + hotel + travel voucher + confirmed business class the next day travel- big win at the time!). People simply need to understand the difference bewteen voluntary and involuntary bumps- which the press does a terrible job of explaining consistently- you would think CNN could at least get it right being based in Atlanta- perhaps they could drive all the way out to the Delta operation centre and have someone explain it to them with a childrens picture book....
     
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    Do you really think Delta is capable of drawing a children's picture book...?
     
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    As long as it's not the IT dept... :p
     
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