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Voluntary Denied Boarding - VDB/Bump Experiences on UA [2019]

Voluntary Denied Boarding - VDB/Bump Experiences on UA [2019]

Old Aug 12, 19, 2:47 pm
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Originally Posted by jjmoore View Post
There is the occasional oversale in J as UA likes to overbook by 1 and everyone shows up in some instances....
I thought that UA never overbooks premium cabins?
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Old Aug 12, 19, 2:54 pm
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Originally Posted by sexykitten7 View Post
I thought that UA never overbooks premium cabins?
They generally don't. However, there have been multiple instances of UA overbooking J by 1 on international long-haul flights, presumably on flights where they have a high expectation of a cancellation or mis-connect.
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Old Aug 12, 19, 3:32 pm
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Originally Posted by sexykitten7 View Post
I thought that UA never overbooks premium cabins?
I have been caught in this exact situation twice. Once on an LAX > LIH flight and once on an ORD > LHR flight. In both instances F/J was over by 1.
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Old Aug 12, 19, 5:57 pm
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Sometimes it may also be caused by aircraft change. Once heard gate agent offering $1000 to bump 4 first-class passengers after A320 swapped by A319.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 9:28 am
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BGR-ORD oversold by 1 yesterday. I volunteered when I checked in on the app, and when I arrived, the gate agent said she would probably need me. The initial offer was $500. I pretended to not really be interested and she bumped it to $800. I was rebooked on Delta on a CRJ-200 which was awful but it was worth the $800.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 2:59 pm
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EWR-BGR last Friday, 8/9. Oversold by 1, flight already delayed because of the weather cluster at EWR. Initial offer 2,500, bumped up to 3,000 in about 2 minutes. Got one interested party.

BGR-EWR return on 8/11 oversold by 1, some poor soul took a really low offer, something like $200.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 3:50 pm
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Originally Posted by aero219 View Post
EWR-BGR last Friday, 8/9. Oversold by 1, flight already delayed because of the weather cluster at EWR. Initial offer 2,500, bumped up to 3,000 in about 2 minutes. Got one interested party.

BGR-EWR return on 8/11 oversold by 1, some poor soul took a really low offer, something like $200.
Are we talking 2500 dollars or miles?!
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Old Aug 13, 19, 3:58 pm
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Originally Posted by TravelTheWorld66 View Post


Are we talking 2500 dollars or miles?!
in the age of post-Dao (even pre-Dao), no one is going to take 2,500 miles for a vdb.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 4:51 pm
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Originally Posted by TravelTheWorld66 View Post


Are we talking 2500 dollars or miles?!
Dollars. Legal US Tender. Cold. Hard. Cash.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by aero219 View Post
Dollars. Legal US Tender. Cold. Hard. Cash.
Are you absolutely sure? That would have had to have been for a travel voucher.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 5:15 pm
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In my haste I seem to have omitted the "*voucher towards a future United flight"
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Old Aug 14, 19, 1:24 pm
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Originally Posted by aero219 View Post
Dollars. Legal US Tender. Cold. Hard. Cash.
Holy crap, Iím gonna start flying to BGR more often.
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Old Aug 15, 19, 6:02 am
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Originally Posted by BThumme View Post
Are you absolutely sure? That would have had to have been for a travel voucher.
correct. These payouts are in the form of TCVA vouchers which are good for travel credit on UA and UAex. For people like me, they are as good as cash.

Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
They generally don't. However, there have been multiple instances of UA overbooking J by 1 on international long-haul flights, presumably on flights where they have a high expectation of a cancellation or mis-connect.
I posted a few months back regarding a TATL flight my parents were on that oversold J (on the 787-10) by 1, and immediately offered $10,000 TCVA for one volunteer to move back or switch to a different flight. I have also personally seen SFO-SIN on a couple occasions over by 1 in J, though missed connectiones rectified that situation. It happens, and the statisticians are certainly interested in ensuring maximum revenue in the J cabin, even if it means issuing some significant UA funny munny.
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Old Aug 15, 19, 7:13 am
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I saw the Same thing

ewr to ath oversold by one passenger negotiated $10000 AND a move back to an aisle in coach on same flight. Impressive
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Old Aug 15, 19, 8:55 am
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8/14 GVA to EWR, Coach was full and 2 on the standby list but Polaris business was only booked 8(+10) out of 30. When I was at the airport and checking the app, it gave me options to take a later flight with a confirmed seat for $350 ETC or put in a bid for those later flights. I put in $1500 for those 3 flights that showed. When I got to the gate and checked the app, my seat opened up so I thought they took my bid but they ended up bumping me up to Polaris business! Finally a free upgrade but i would've been ok for GVA-IAD-EWR for $1500...
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