Whew, I think it’s time I add some more people to my Christmas gift list. The folks at United inventory and revenue management are definitely getting a big basket of goodies this year for their liberal (and predictable) overbooking policies (if folks are interested I’d be happy to discuss in more details which fligths are always oversold).
Since I only had a 45 minute connection at ORD due to a delay on the inbound flight, I headed straight to the outbound flight’s gate. I asked if they might need volunteers, and it seemed clear they hadn’t even considered it. This was a 757 with five people on the “confirmed awaiting seats” list, so it wasn’t all that promising.
Nonetheless the gate agent keeps my boarding pass, and after a few minutes she asks for more volunteers. Sweet! Then, about half way through the boarding process she pages me. Sitting there for me is a free ticket and a seat on the evening flight from ORD to SFO, which is a three cabin 767 — in first class!
I was so excited about the prospect of trying the new first class product that I didn’t even ask about travel credits. Now that flight is all zeroes, though, so I’m trying to decide whether I’d (theoretically) take a bump on that flight, given that I’d be back in domestic first class, or whether I’d give up a bump to try the new first class.