A survey by Policygenius found American consumers absolutely hate getting bumped off their flights, and not much is going to make up for the inconvenience, the company said.
More than one in five people (20.7 percent) say no amount of money makes up for losing their seat on a flight. And if they do, more than half (55 percent) would require at least USD 5,000 (or wouldn´t be satisfied with any amount) of compensation.
Respondents are also more willing to accept compensation to sit next to a screaming baby on the plane than to lose their seat. Nearly 13 percent said they felt USD 250 made up for the crying, while only 3.5 percent said that same amount made up for being bumped.
Industry Trade Group Airlines for America is predicting the 2017 holiday season will be the busiest in recent years, with almost 30 million people expected to fly, a three percent increase from last year.
Jennifer Fitzgerald, Policygenius CEO and frequent flier, offers these tips.
Check in early. Every airline chooses its bump-ees differently, but quite a few at least consider who was last to the races, so check-in as early as possible for your flight.
Research airline departure performance. Take a look at your local airports´ track records. If the closer airport has a poor track record, you may want to sacrifice convenience for timely flights.
Sign up for a carrier´s frequent flyer program. It´s less of a failsafe than flying first-class, but elite status with an airline can keep you on the plane.
You can go here for more survey results and additional tips on avoiding a flight bump this holiday season.
Policygenius commissioned Google Consumer Surveys to survey a nationally representative sample of 1,500 adults ages 18 and older online from July 13 to July 15, 2017. The survey´s margin of error is between 3 percent and 5 percent.
Policygenius is an independent online insurance marketplace helping people get the coverage they need — and feel good about it.