Do you know what to do next time a harried gate attendant asks if you’d be willing to be bumped from an overbooked flight? Lifehacker has you covered.
- Never accept the first offer. Airline employees will generally try to lowball you, and you can probably get more if you hold out.
- Ask for cash instead of vouchers. Vouchers come with expiration dates and other restrictions, while cash is king.
- Ask for a confirmed seat. If you don’t, you may be flying standby on the next flight and no closer to getting to your destination.
- Ask for hotel and food reimbursement. Base this on the length of the delay, but if you’re stuck for many hours or overnight, it’s perfectly reasonable to ask for compensation for food, housing and transportation.
- If you are involuntarily bumped. In this rare event, Department of Transportation rules are pretty clear. For domestic delays longer than two hours, the airlines must give you 200% of the price of a one-way fare (capped at $675.00). For domestic delays over two hours, you are entitled to 400% of a one-way fare (capped at $1,350.00).