Zeroes across the board today!

Now, I’m completely jinxing myself by writing about this beforehand, but it looks like it’ll be a fun day of flying. I’m headed from Seattle to Tampa via Washington Dulles this afternoon, and both flights are “zeroed out” (meaning the flights are booked out, no more seats are available for sale). The awful weather in the Northeast is certainly helping, though at a certain point it will likely have a negative impact on bump chances, as a travel waiver has been issued and many people traveling from the Northeast will probably misconnect in Washington Dulles.

To those of you in the Northeast that had year end mileage runs planned to requalify for a status level, well, my condolences!

This should be my last couple of flights of the year, at which point I can do the math as to just how much I’ve flown this year. It has definitely been a record year for me, though I’m not sure by how much. I believe I did well over 300,000 “butt-in-seat” miles, though.

Here’s to hoping next year will be a bit more slow paced!


  1. Come on! They are not selling seats because they are rebooking passengers from canceled flights on them. Also, because these flights might be canceled themselves. Did you fell from the moon? Or from FRA? 🙂

  2. @ al613 — I think you’re forgetting that today was one of the busiest travel days of the year. Both flights were actually oversold. In the end no volunteers were needed because there were no misconnects, but this was not a case of the flights being zeroed out due to weather. They were zeroed out long before the weather issues in the Northeast.

  3. This probably would be one situation where I would not take a bump, simply because of the chances to get home anytime soon. While there is no schedule, the thought of being stuck for days does not really excite me, especially getting stuck at IAD.

  4. I turned down a bump in OMA during the 2004 Christmas season. I was 1K on UA & they only offered a free ticket. The offer got increased to 2 tickets but I asked if I can have the bump in TC’s. ($1200 or $600+1 ticket). No go. The next flight they could protect me on (as a 1K) was 2 days later. At that time, I had a load of UA miles.

    If the bump offer was somewhere warm (Hawaii, Australia, etc), I may have taken their offer.

  5. Confused. You flew TPA-IAD-SEA? You said both flights were oversold but no volunteers were needed due to misconnects? But, wasn’t your TPA-IAD flight a morning flight (the 9 AM)? People misconnected the night before for your 9 AM?

  6. @ Rob Pereyda — They didn’t need volunteers, sadly. Oversold, but not overbooked because there were enough misconnects.

    @ Jim Simon — I use ExpertFlyer.

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