Question of the Day- Airline Hassles

By DB
November 25, 2017 9:40am CST
Perhaps some of you had to fly to your destination for Thanksgiving or are planning a plane trip during the holiday season. Have you ever been bumped from an airline flight? How was it resolved? How do you feel about airlines selling the same ticket and overbooking a flight? Do you think it should be illegal? Photo- brookfieldav.com
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@Corbin5 (82221)
• United States
25 Nov
We were bumped from an airline flight. We did get a free dinner and two tickets to fly anywhere in the US due to getting bumped. We just had to wait around 4 hours for the next flight.
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27 Nov
Did you have your dinner while awaiting your flight? How did you kill the time?
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@Corbin5 (82221)
• United States
27 Nov
@dgobucks226 We did have our dinner while waiting for the flight. We talked and read books we had with us.
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27 Nov
@Corbin5 Very nice way to pass the time. Without something to do, I know I would be pacing the floor or bouncing off the walls
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@JudyEv (101179)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Nov
I think over-booking should be illegal but some years ago we agreed to stay behind and were compensated very well. We were put up in a nice hotel overnight. This included dinner, had vouchers for several meals and a payout that was the price of one fare so it ended nicely for us. Luckily we weren't trying to catch other flights and had no deadlines to meet.
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27 Nov
Yes, if your in no rush to meet a deadline it a good deal. Airlines do make nice offers for giving up your seat.
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@LadyDuck (122597)
• Switzerland
25 Nov
I think that overbooking should be illegal. I remember a horrible trip from Nice (France) to Los Angeles. Everything started wrong, the Delta flight from Nice to Los Angeles was canceled, they brought us to Amsterdam (Netherlands) and from there to New York with KLM. We had to wait hours in New York and we finally boarded a T.W.A. that was largely overbooked. The flight was delayed three hours because they had boarded people with the same seats and people were fighting and they did not want to go out. It was a nightmare and it happened the day after Christmas.
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27 Nov
A perfect example why this practice should be altered in some way or eliminated all together. During the holidays, what an inconvenience! So you suffer from the airlines stupid practice? Did they not think they would get full bookings over the holidays, duh
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@LadyDuck (122597)
• Switzerland
27 Nov
@dgobucks226 It was not even our intention to travel on the day after Christmas, we know it's a crowded day. Our flight was booked and should have arrived the day of Christmas. They canceled the flight and then we had such bad treatment.
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27 Nov
@LadyDuck They cancelled the flight? I do remembering flying back on Christmas morning one time and had no one on my plane. Still not a good practice!
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@JohnRoberts (41349)
• Los Angeles, California
25 Nov
I haven't flown in years. It is wrong to overbook and sell you a ticket that they don't honor.
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27 Nov
Yes, I really do not like the practice. I get they have to fill their flights and protect themselves against cancellations, but there has to be a better solution.
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@bluesa (12836)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
26 Nov
Thank goodness I never had a problem, flights I've been on went smoothly no overbooking or being bumped from.
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27 Nov
I imagine holidays, time of day, weekends, airport your flying to, are some factors affecting overbooking
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@Emmlex1000 (1417)
• Lagos, Nigeria
25 Nov
OKAY thanks for sharing
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@YrNemo (8765)
26 Nov
With everything computerized, and they had that problem? unbelievable! (Never happened to us before, thank be to God...)
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27 Nov
In one word, Greed...They make sure they have any cancellations covered at the customer's expense.
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@YrNemo (8765)
27 Nov
@dgobucks226 (what is the point, when later they had to compensate the customers with this or that...)
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27 Nov
@YrNemo My guess is airplane fuel costs more than a customer comp? Like a Specialists (Drs.) office they always overbook to cover for patient cancellations. They want every seat filled per flight and it is a way to insure that...
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• United States
30 Nov
I haven't been on a plane in a long time but I think it's crazy the way they overbook and make traveling more of a hassle than it needs to be
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30 Nov
You are so right Marilyn! It is stressful enough just going through baggage claim today and making sure your on time for your flight
@JESSY3236 (5066)
• United States
28 Nov
I flew the first time last year to Las Vegas. We weren't bumped thank goodness. I think overbooking should be illegal.
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28 Nov
They definitely need a better system Jessica. Customer service should always be a priority! Las Vegas, bet that was fun
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@cahaya1983 (9728)
• Malaysia
27 Nov
I haven't, but my husband experienced that many years back. He was compensated but it was upsetting because he had another flight to catch. Lucky he still managed to arrive on time before his next flight.
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27 Nov
It is just a bad stressful practice to overbook and cancel flights without proper notice. Glad he made his next flight. Flying has lost any appeal it had with me.
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@FayeHazel (11908)
• United States
26 Nov
I don't think they should be allowed to overbook. That's crazy. Can you imagine if grocery stores worked that way?
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27 Nov
Creates a lot of tension!
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@teamfreak16 (36818)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Nov
I've never had a problem, but the vast majority of my flying was for Army purposes.
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27 Nov
Military flying
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