Interesting - so now they have you bid (at least on some routes). I am sure some would bid $200 or even $100. I wonder if there is an option to bid for a free W ticket, or if the rules of the voucher are explained during OLCI.
Right now there is one P seat available on that flight. I wonder how it will end up.
I bid $300, for NW 480, the last flight DTW-TPA on a Sunday night. Did I bid too high? Too low?
Last time I took this flight was sunday may 4th and it was pretty oversold. They were offering flights to RSW that night, catch was you were finding your own way to Tampa which is about a 125 mile drive. Additonally I believe they offered $300 compensation. Other option was $300 and the first flight to TPA the next morning. A bunch of people jumped at the offers, I wasn't able to and that was that. I've taken this flight a number of times the last year, from my memory the've been looking for volunteers more often than not with this flight.
AFAIK, this bidding is pretty new. They pretty much used to give $300 ECV or free flight requiring W (sometimes K) availability. If they only need a couple of pax to take a VDB, I'd say $300 was probably high, but it also really depends on how many pax can/are willing to take a VDB from that flight as well. I took a VDB a few years ago where they were looking for volunteers for the last DTW-PHL flight on a Friday. They only got two volunteers (I was one of them) and had to IDB about another ten pax.
Currently they are still showing one B2PBF ticket for sale at $929.50 on that flight or From $1,153.00 Roundtrip, including that flight.
The bidding process for bumps started sometime in early June, with two big changes for volunteers. First, now only credt vouchers are offered. No more free round trip tickets. Second, if needed the volunteers are chosen by lowest bid, not first to volunteer. Supposedly this new system will be a cost saver for NW, and for domestic flights the maximum bid is $300.
If no passengers submit bids via online checkin, the gate agent still needs to solicit for volunteers. You should get the $300 that way.
If our founding fathers were as selfish and stubborn as people are today, we wouldn't have a constitution!
Seems to me that W space ticket was much better value than the $300 voucher.
What happens if there are no takers at $300 ... do they invol bump or raise the anty?
W or K availability free RT tix, depending on your normal flying, weren't all that great a value. With the $300 ECV, I used to get at least two RTs for most of my ECVs and you could get EQM and RDM that the free tix didn't have and UGs (which at least the K availability free tix didn't have). I usually ended up doing a MR to reach SE, so if I had gotten free tix, I would still have had to do MR(s) on my own dime, besides only getting one RT for each VDB.
I don't particularly like the bidding deal, at best you still only get the $300 ECV they used to give you.
So let's say, if I take the bump for $200 when check in the kiosk, and get approve or whatever for it. When I come to the gate, I find out that the offer goes up to $300. So can I go to the GA and get the $300 or I'm stuck with the $200? Cause some airlines, if you find a better offer, you have the right to get it too, or some tips over farecompare when volunteered for a bump. Any one has an answer for that?