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Layover Blues? No Way!

On a trip to Kauai, we had a brief layover in Los Angeles. As we were waiting in the boarding area, they made an announcement that the flight was overbooked and they were looking for volunteers to take the next flight in exchange for a $500 travel voucher!

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We practically sprinted to the ticket counter to inquire more. They informed us that if we gave up our seats on the current flight, they could get us on the next direct flight leaving in less than an hour. This was perfect for several reasons:

  1. Our original flight included a 3 hour layover in Honolulu, but the new flight was non-stop to Lihue!
  2. We ended up getting in 2 hours before our originally scheduled flight, so we actually beat our luggage (that was already loaded on the original plane), “forcing” us to grab a few cocktails at a local beach front bar while waiting for our luggage to arrive. Bummer, right?!
  3. We were provided seats in First Class, when we were originally booked in Coach. And finally, we were rewarded with $1,000 (USD) in travel vouchers ($500 each) for future travel on United Airlines.

Lesson Learned: If your plane is overbooked and they are looking for volunteers, AND if it doesn’t negatively impact your travel plans on the other end, GO FOR IT…and get rewarded!

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  1. I’ve never even considered all these benefits of giving up a seat on a flight! Normally I wouldn’t be interested but now that we are travelling full time we’ve got all the time in the world to hang around at airports!

    Now if only someone would ask….

    • I know, right?! Most times when we’re able to give up seats, the opportunity doesn’t present itself and other times when it’s offered, we’re kicking ourselves for our inability to be flexible!

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