What to do if your flight is overbooked

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Here is nothing worse than having to deal with a plane being overbooked, and being bumped from the flight in favor of some else. This is a very real risk and one that plenty of frequent fliers have to face every single time they choose to fly. As the festive period is so busy, it’s important to come up with tips and techniques to help you in the event of the plane being overbooked.

This can be fairly traumatic and may cause a lot of undue stress and chaos for you. That’s why it’s so much easier to have a plan in place to help you deal with this. So, we’re going to look at why flights are sometimes overbooked, as well as what you can do in the event that your flight winds up being overbooked. Check out this great advice, and use it to try to make the most of your trip away this Christmas period.

Why do flights get overbooked?

If you’re lucky enough to never have been affected by overbooked flights, then you are very fortunate, because they are not a rare thing! What happens is that to account for no-shows, airlines will regularly book more than the allocated number of seats they have – that way the plane is still full even if some people don’t show up. The problem is, what if everybody shows up? Well, this is kind of the essence of the problem when it comes to flights getting overbooked. If you are facing this problem, you may well be offered incentives to give up a seat, such as being upgraded on the alternative flight.

What to do if your flight is overbooked

If you are unlucky enough that your flight does happen to be overbooked, and you are bumped, you need to understand that this is not that unusual. Try to remain calm about it, and try to not get too worked up. If you can, try to be understanding, and focus on using this to your advantage. The airline will be looking for volunteers to give up their seats and take the next flight, and there are perks that come with doing this. So, try to make sure you be flexible, and negotiate, this might be a great way of getting bumped to First Class if you’ve never had that experience before.

How to prevent overbookings

Now, there isn’t a huge amount you can do to prevent the airline from overbooking, but you can reduce the likelihood that you’ll get caught up in it. One of the first things you need to think about is when you book your flights. Off-peak flights are less likely to have overbooking issues for the simple fact that they are less busy. If you choose your airline and flight wisely, you will cut down on the risk of overbooking issues pretty significantly. And this, in turn, will help you to have a much more enjoyable and memorable trip.

Overbooking is an unfortunate part of airline travel these days, and, if you are a frequent flier, there’s a good chance it will affect you at some point. So, it’s useful to know a bit about what overbooking is, as well as how it comes about. You also need to be aware of what you should do and how to react in the event that it happens to you. The advice on this post should go a long way towards helping with that.

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