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How do I not get bumped off an overbooked flight?

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The best way to protect yourself is to buy early and to travel during off-peak periods. Airlines bump passengers off when a flight is overbooked. So planning and confirming your trips earlier will eliminate such chances. At the end of the day, the airlines or travel suppliers are running a business. So, those flights with especially low yields are usually the first to go, compared to those whose passengers book early or pay for full Economy or Business Class fares.

 



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Easiest way to ensure you'll not get bumped off a flight is to order a special meal. You'll get your meal served to you right before everyone gets their tray, and it is harder for them to re-scheudule that kosher meal you ordered if they put you on another flight. So go ahead, order something vegan or kosher and enjoy the flight, but a word of caution. When this happened to me, my buddy travelling on the same flight got bumped off and I had to travel alone.

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