The other day I blogged about the fact that unless it is a Notre Dame football weekend (like Saturday) Delta Air Lines shows very little love for SBN or South Bend airport. All we get is horrid, and often broken, CRJ200s day after day. Again, unless there is a ND game about to happen.
But if there is a game then something interesting happens. “Bumpertunites“, or chances to bump, rise to simply insane levels. My fellow blogger Gary from A View From The Wing today posted that there was one flyer who gave up their seat for $4,000 and was put on a flight later that day. Not too shabby right?
My wife and I, last May on the way to Sweden via Amsterdam, gave up our seats for 2x $3,000 vouchers and we were happy to accept a 6 hour delay for $1,000 per hour in travel money. Sure not cash, but keep in mind Delta bump vouchers are good for 1 year (2 years to fly) and spend just like cash when buying Delta tickets with just about zero restrictions for the person whose name is on the voucher. That is not bad at all!
But it gets better. There is a rumor on the web that one pair on a later fight Friday night into SBN from ATL took a bump for over $8,000 EACH! That, IMO, is worth giving up tickets to the big game. Heck, one person I shared this story with told me they would delay their honeymoon for that kind of a bump voucher – and I would too.
In case you are not aware, Delta gate agents can offer up to a $2,000 voucher per person but a Red Coat, or station manager, can go all the way up to $9,995 to get folks to willingly give up their seats to get off a flight (vs. paying out cash on the spot to force folks off a flight)!
So that brings me to this weekend’s question for you. Just what number would it take to get you off a Delta flight? $1,000? $5,000? What if it was a very special event and it would mean you would have to miss this event? What if it was work related? Would some number, say $8,000, motivate you to give up your seat no matter what? You tell me in the comments below! – René
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