$7000 oversold offer on UA 310, Mar 23

Old Mar 23, 19, 11:16 am
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$7000 oversold offer on UA 310, Mar 23

Iím on UA 310 from ORD-LAX, about to take off. After everyone was boarded, they announced they needed 1 volunteer to take a flight tomorrow, and they were offering $5000 + hotel. After that got no takers, they upped it to $7000. At that point one of other passengers in first class took it, leaving his wife and their lap child on the plane. As the wife said after he left, they can stand to be apart for a night in order to get their Christmas vacation paid for!

But seriously - has anyone ever heard of such a generous offer in an oversold situation? And what would motivate United to offer that?!?
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Old Mar 23, 19, 11:20 am
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Originally Posted by rowenb View Post
Iím on UA 310 from ORD-LAX, about to take off. After everyone was boarded, they announced they needed 1 volunteer to take a flight tomorrow, and they were offering $5000 + hotel. After that got no takers, they upped it to $7000. At that point one of other passengers in first class took it, leaving his wife and their lap child on the plane. As the wife said after he left, they can stand to be apart for a night in order to get their Christmas vacation paid for!

But seriously - has anyone ever heard of such a generous offer in an oversold situation? And what would motivate United to offer that?!?
No one took the $5000 offer? Wow.
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Old Mar 23, 19, 11:23 am
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Originally Posted by Bonehead View Post
No one took the $5000 offer? Wow.
Well, this is spring break week for Chicago schools, so that flight is chock full of families (mine included).
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Old Mar 23, 19, 11:35 am
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As far as what would motivate them to offer 7k, I suggest a YOUTUBE search for "David Dao United Airlines".
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And a new mythical creature is born. The 7000 dollar offer.
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Old Mar 23, 19, 12:17 pm
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Ugh, I would have jumped up so fast and ran to the front at $5k
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Old Mar 23, 19, 12:26 pm
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And you get a different experience on UAX. They ask for volunteers without stating a number and without stating that they have a hotel for you. Then when they have no volunteers they start screaming that the flight will be cancelled.
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Old Mar 23, 19, 12:29 pm
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Originally Posted by StuckinITH View Post
And you get a different experience on UAX. They ask for volunteers without stating a number
Last time I flew an oversold UX flight, they announced right off it was $800.
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Old Mar 23, 19, 12:37 pm
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Remember that it would have been a $5000/$7000 UA voucher, presumably expiring in a year, not actual money.

Is there some relevant basketball playoff game for the flight that would cause people to need to fly from ORD to LAX today?
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Old Mar 23, 19, 12:54 pm
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
Last time I flew an oversold UX flight, they announced right off it was $800.
Not long after the Dao incident I saw them do that at $700-800 a seat to get a dozen seats because of a downgauge. It was ORD-DTW - I would have considered it if I hadn't been up all night already. It was at the holidays and it might have been a while for an empty seat to show up, but it's not a long drive and a one-way rental car wouldn't have been too expensive.
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Old Mar 23, 19, 12:55 pm
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Dear Deity of Frequent Fliers, please, please, let this happen to me.

Thank you.
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Remember that it would have been a $5000/$7000 UA voucher, presumably expiring in a year, not actual money.

Is there some relevant basketball playoff game for the flight that would cause people to need to fly from ORD to LAX today?
Even so, $5K-$7K can get you anywhere between 1 to 3 (or more) roundtrip long-haul P fares.
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Old Mar 23, 19, 1:08 pm
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Dang I would've jumped on that in a heart beat - I feel like lately I've - at most - had app-based requests with GA deciding nothing is needed

Edit: ORD-LAX a route I take often too.
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Old Mar 23, 19, 1:09 pm
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
Last time I flew an oversold UX flight, they announced right off it was $800.
They did not on our flight from ORD. It was not oversold. It was a problem that they had put too much fuel and needed passengers out of the plane. As I said, no amount and no hotel and it was 10:00 PM. They would have said $800 and a hotel, my wife and I would have taken it. We were returning from HKG and were tired so did not feel like volunteering if everything was not spelled out. The threats of the flight cancelling started before they thought of stating an amount which was in the $300 range. It took them 20 more minutes before they mentioned a hotel was provided but not which hotel and how close. And it was many months after Oscar had said that passengers would be treated nicely under those circumstances.
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Old Mar 23, 19, 1:10 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Remember that it would have been a $5000/$7000 UA voucher, presumably expiring in a year, not actual money.

Is there some relevant basketball playoff game for the flight that would cause people to need to fly from ORD to LAX today?
hub with connections to beach destinations. IAH would likely be even worse as it has access to all the beach destination this side of 1/2 way across the Pacific
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