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Check in ASAP to Keep Your Seat

If you're involuntarily bumped from a domestic flight and land two or more hours after your original arrival time, airlines owe you cash compensation up to $400. The New York Times suggests if you have time to spare and volunteer to hop on the next available flight, you should negotiate for the maximum in-flight vouchers.

Getting bumped doesn't sit well with all travelers, so for the best chance of keeping your seat, check in as early as possible. Discounted ticket holders are the first to be bumped from flights — the cheaper your seat, the less valuable you are to the airline. Keep in mind that if you are bumped and arrive within an hour of your original arrival time, or if a smaller plane flies in place of the original larger plane, the airline owes you nothing.

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RosaDilia RosaDilia 7 years
I always check in at least 2 hours before.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 7 years
I usually check in asap so that I get to pick our seats!!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i usually check in as soon as i'm able to online so i don't lose my seat - but there have been a few times that i've either considered giving up my seat or actually done it for the voucher. sometimes it just makes sense when you know that you're going to travel again, and your plans are flexible. for myself - there are most often times that i'd rather not be delayed anymore - but sometimes you know that you can put off arriving somewhere for an hour or 2 when you get money/voucher etc.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I travel a lot for work - I wish I could volunteer but that wouldn't be feasible. I always check in 24 hours to the T when I can - sometimes you may get a better line up number and it just saves time.
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