Don’t Give Up On An Oversold Flight
If you’re like me, you get bumped off flights all the time. I know that sometimes when we check flights and they are overbooked, people just give up. But sometimes, not all the times it may be worth it to hang around. So here are six reasons why it may be worth your while:
1. You don’t know the Passrider no-show rate
I don’t know of any airline that gives this piece of information. I’m hoping to convince them to do this, but no luck as yet. As such, you have no idea what percentage of that long 30-person list that will no-show. People often get frustrated and never cancel their listings. And just like regular passengers, they will also have issues in making their flight.
2. There could be misconnects
So what are misconnects? It’s when a paid passenger misses their connecting flight for any reason whatsoever. This happens a lot at hubs and especially for flights that connects with international flights. The immigration lines are pretty long for non-citizens/residents so passengers will miss their flights and get re-booked on later flights. This is also why it makes sense if you have to travel to take earlier flights as opposed to the later ones.
3. There are always no-shows
Most airlines overbook their flights as there are always noshows. This means a passenger did not show up for many different reasons. They could have woken up late, had car trouble, kids won’t get up, etc. This is the premise on which we travel space available anyways :-). I’ve made flights before where people check-in at home and just never leave for the airport. Passengers are sometimes strange in things they do.
4. Sometimes people just don’t want to travel
This ties in with the no-shows above. Most tickets have a clause that allow you to cancel before you travel. There’s sometimes a charge to rebook though. And some passengers will actually exercise this option.
5. Passengers don’t always have the correct documents for travel
Some people ignore documentation requirements although they are told at the time of booking. Some countries such as Australia allows you to get the visa online and/or at the airport check-in counter. Others such as Brazil, India and People’s Republic of China takes at least a day to get, so if someone does not have the documents at check-in they more than likely will have to miss the flight. Also, believe it or not, some people forget their travel documents at home. Or don’t know they need permission from the other parent if they are carrying their child to certain countries. The list goes on and on. So you just never know.
6. There may be an equipment change in your favor
This is a rare occurrence, but it happens. I’ve visited my parents and the 37-seater got upgraded to a 50-seater and I got on as a result. Otherwise, it would have been Greyhound for me.
So there you have it. Don’t give up when the flights are oversold. You should really have backup options, but sometimes when they are minimal or non-existent you just have to wait it out.
What have you found in your travels? Any other reasons you think that an oversold flight may just work out? Please leave a comment below; Like and share with your fellow passriders.