What to Do When Bumped

  • Airlines are back to overselling flights as demand spikes, and some flyers can expect to get bumped.
  • A man was on a flight from Minneapolis to Iceland and got $4,500 in credit to take the next flight.
  • Airlines will often give meal and hotel vouchers if travelers have to spend the night.
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Americans flying this summer will be faced with not only long lines but also oversold flights.

Airlines are back to filling flights to capacity, and then some, as travel demand spikes to its highest levels since the pandemic began. Flights are frequently oversold in hopes that not all passengers will show up.

The system often works itself out, as passengers miss flights for a host of reasons, and the airline gets to keep the extra revenue from selling more seats than they…

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