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Bumped flight? Outraged? Unfortunately, it's legal. Fortunately, you might be entitled to some compensation--compensation that one airline is making its customers bid for.
Being bumped from a flight is an all too common occurrence these days. But what people don't realize, is that, despite paying for a ticket in advance, the terms of purchase don't entitle you to a certain flight. They merely promise you transportation from one city to another.
Flying is already an ordeal unto itself, so when you add a bumped flight to the party, things just get even worse. Luckily, federal regulations require airlines to compensate you to make amends for the emotional distress caused by a bumped flight. The following is a list of rules to keep in mind should you be involuntarily bumped from a flight.
Going back to the first rule, Delta has implemented a new policy to determine how they choose who gets the honor of a bumped flight. Passengers who check in online or at kiosks can enter any dollar amount they'd be willing to take to be bumped from their flight, Business Insider reports. The lowest bidder is bumped. To avoid being the chosen one, one paper suggests that you never bid less than Delta's highest ticket.
The reason for the new policy? Cutting costs; people may bid less than they'd normally be entitled to. Don't let that be you.