Oh United, the love of my life! I’m telling you, United is the most awesome airline in the world. I’m supposed to be on a redeye tonight to bid double EQM’s farewell, but alas, I’m not! I was on the later of the two SFO-IAD redeyes, both of which were zeroed out before departure. Just for fun (or to torture myself), I headed to the gate for the earlier flight to see whether or not they’d need volunteers. The answer was a resounding YES. I was angry at myself for not booking that flight, since it was an option but I thought I’d have a better shot on an A320 than a B767. They took several volunteers. It’s such torture watching them literally beg for volunteers when I’m not on the flight.
I headed to the gate for my flight right as the gate agent got there, and after a few minutes approached him and asked if he might need volunteers. He responded “Ah, you’re the guy on the list going to Tampa? You want me to bump you right now? No reason to make you stick around here for an hour.” I immediately accepted, of course. He started processing, and I nicely asked for travel credits. He said “sure,” and said “I can do $400.” I nudged him and asked if that’s the usual compensation, and he responded “No, it’s $300 usually but I’m doing $400 cause you’re a 1K.” I was so happy to take a bump and not be on a redeye that I accepted without pushing back. I got rebooked tomorrow afternoon, so I even get to sleep in.
The one downside? “Hmmm, not many hotels left. I can do either the Red Roof Inn, Best Western, or Comfort Suites. Which would you like?” EEEEEEEEEEEK! I’ll post a full review of that stay shortly, especially since they ticked me off and photocopied my ID at check-in.
Anyway, I’m still a happy camper. 🙂
PS: I’m posting this as the clock strikes midnight on the west coast. Farewell, double EQM’s. See you next year!