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Change Your Flight for Exclusive Rewards! (Nominal Travel Credit)

Change Your Flight for Exclusive Rewards! (Nominal Travel Credit)

Old Jun 22, 22, 11:14 am
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Uhm, yeah, $35 is not going to move the needle for me. I’d rather stay on my flight and hope for a BSG and 2500 rdm.
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Old Jun 22, 22, 11:17 am
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I usually book far enough in advance that I have a decent choice of seats. Finding a comparable seat on an alternate flight might be difficult. And I often have car rental reservations and/or hotel at the destination that isn’t easily changeable. They really need to sweeten the deal for me to consider helping them out in most cases I can think of.
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Old Jun 22, 22, 11:45 am
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The advantage of a "low" offer is that this is in advance so you can shift plans accordingly. At the airport people will have to make last minute changes to their plans so obviously the vouchers at the airport will be higher.

If I was a college student or someone on limited income getting this email I would absolutely take it vs risking a voucher at the airport
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Old Jun 22, 22, 1:36 pm
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You will be a much better offer at the gate when they are asking for volunteers.
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Old Jun 22, 22, 1:38 pm
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I'd try this approach: call them and say I got your exclusive offer - and - if you would be willing to move me to flight XXX on June 26 and up the offer to (a more reasonable figure like $100), then you got a deal!
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Old Jun 22, 22, 2:46 pm
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Originally Posted by downinit View Post
You will be a much better offer at the gate when they are asking for volunteers.
Flew UA the other day and they wanted one volunteer. They couldn't find one @ $1,000 and eventually a guy who had initially been amongst those who had passed got out with $1,500!
I'm admittedly still kicking myself, but I was worried about screwing up plans with family. Sigh.
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Old Jun 22, 22, 2:59 pm
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Originally Posted by mildfrequence View Post
Flew UA the other day and they wanted one volunteer. They couldn't find one @ $1,000 and eventually a guy who had initially been amongst those who had passed got out with $1,500!
I'm admittedly still kicking myself, but I was worried about screwing up plans with family. Sigh.
Was flying DCA and SFO and UA was offering $3K plus a light from IAD 3 hours later with taxi and food covered. They needed 8 ppl and no takers at $1, $1.5, got 2-3 at $2K and finally a ton of ppl jumped at $3K haha. Pretty amazing offer. AS flight I was on left with around 15-20 open seats.
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Old Jun 22, 22, 4:12 pm
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Originally Posted by olouie View Post
Whats really amazing is that even when AS knows they need to free up space they will still make changes incredibly difficult unless you get an offer. Heck even when they cancel you still get a lot of agents refusing to change more than +/- 1 day. Penny wise pound foolish given the state of flying.
For sure. I've had a moment last fall where I got an email about overbooking before it showed in the support system and the agent couldn't do a thing. They did call me back 10 minutes later and I happily took $600 to fly EWR instead of JFK, 10 minutes earlier. A decent proactive system would have saved them an easy $500 there.
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Old Jun 22, 22, 6:29 pm
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Originally Posted by olouie View Post
Was flying DCA and SFO and UA was offering $3K plus a light from IAD 3 hours later with taxi and food covered. They needed 8 ppl and no takers at $1, $1.5, got 2-3 at $2K and finally a ton of ppl jumped at $3K haha. Pretty amazing offer. AS flight I was on left with around 15-20 open seats.
I suppose I could also have mentioned that my anecdote referred to a 1hr 15 min flight!
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Old Jun 22, 22, 6:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Resplendent View Post
For a minimum 9 hour delay, that seems pretty cheap of them.
Alaska has always been super cheap at $200 for VDB but this takes the cake
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Old Jun 22, 22, 7:05 pm
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I've seen AS go into the 1k+ region on a flight from SFO-PVR during Christmas time ~5 years ago, started at 500 and after everyone boarded a couple took the offer at $1400 each. I had volunteered, but because they needed two, they decided to take the couple instead.
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Old Jun 22, 22, 7:17 pm
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Originally Posted by nomiiiii View Post
The advantage of a "low" offer is that this is in advance so you can shift plans accordingly. At the airport people will have to make last minute changes to their plans so obviously the vouchers at the airport will be higher.

If I was a college student or someone on limited income getting this email I would absolutely take it vs risking a voucher at the airport
Originally Posted by safari ari View Post
I've seen AS go into the 1k+ region on a flight from SFO-PVR during Christmas time ~5 years ago, started at 500 and after everyone boarded a couple took the offer at $1400 each. I had volunteered, but because they needed two, they decided to take the couple instead.
years ago when I was at college I’d book flights with the homes of getting bump offers. I got free money fir XC trips in the 90s

i had an AS flight from Chicago that wasn’t overbooked but had some special cargo on it. They had weight limits on a 737. Thry had 99 booked but only coukd allow 84 or so. They offered. I had to beat work the next day otherwise I would have taken it. I think they were offering $500+
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Old Jun 22, 22, 8:12 pm
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Originally Posted by CDKing View Post
Alaska has always been super cheap at $200 for VDB but this takes the cake
Do people generally take the offers or do they IDB a lot of people?

Because if enough people are taking the offers for $200 there's no reason to offer more.
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Old Jun 22, 22, 9:07 pm
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Originally Posted by CDKing View Post
Alaska has always been super cheap at $200 for VDB but this takes the cake
Was on an oversold flight x2 pax where the GA offered $1000 each flying SFO-DAL
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Old Jun 22, 22, 10:57 pm
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
Do people generally take the offers or do they IDB a lot of people?

Because if enough people are taking the offers for $200 there's no reason to offer more.
I think it is pretty rare. It is a stat that most airlines want to avoid. That's why the $$$ keeps going up.
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