How is that possible you ask?
There are a few ways and this one doesn’t include points or miles, but it is because I got bumped essentially. So, I had to travel to earn it but putting yourself in the right position at the right time helps.
I booked a one way on Alaska Airlines with $50 voucher which made that $34. I booked coming back with Southwest using voucher for free flight.
How do you get bumped? By luck sometimes, but you can prepare yourself with a few steps.
- Check your flight as it gets closer to departure day and see how full it is
- When waiting at the gate, position yourself near the desk where the gate agent is. As soon s they ask for volunteers get your name on the list.
- Always ask your new departure and arrival time
- Always get clear information on what your perk will be
- You can fly at peak times when flights are full
Southwest-With Southwest I got in only an hour or two later so I got $100 plus my $66 back which is what I paid for the flight for a total of $166. Valid for one year.
United-I took an overnight bump with United and got $300 total, valid for one year. They gave me a voucher for a hotel and bought my dinner. Also, be aware of who else took bumps. I had noticed many were getting flown back early next where I got booked following night. I spent about an hour on the phone with United and they eventually corrected it. It was a mistake as they should put you on next available flight which that was not. It’s not worth getting back in line or arguing with a gate agent. You got your $300 and they are busy and stressed so just get on the phone and work it out if possible.
Alaska-This one was more pure luck. I got delayed leaving Chicago on Alaska Air by a couple hours and they sent me a discount code. Funny part was with United (different trip than above) flying to Chicago I was actually the same amount delayed and they didn’t even say sorry. Difference in airlines!
I always keep myself an extra day at least for coming back and have a deadline on when I want to get somewhere. It’s not for everyone, but a great way to build up free trips.