Earlier today, I wrote about my oversold United redeye flight, where passengers were offered $2000 to take a flight the following morning. I’m still not understanding why there were not more takers.
First, I do acknowledge we are talking about airline vouchers, not cash. While I consider the two interchangeable, those who may not travel as much as I do understandably may not.
United began by offering passengers a $600 voucher for the flight. There was only one taker out of almost 200 passengers.
Isn’t $600 a good haul for a day’s work? Multiply that by five working days per week and 52 weeks per year and that comes to $156,000. That’s a decent income.
How about $1,000? At $1,000 per day, that’s $260,000 per year.
$2,000 voucher? Making $2,000/day is $520,000/year.
Now I realize that $2,000 is nothing to some people…I see that all the time at Award Expert.
But median per capita income in the USA is $31,099. $2K pays for a lot of trips…
Do people simply not do the math? What can possibly be so important in New York that there would not be dozens of people clamoring to take this offer? Is everyone on the plane so well paid that missing a day or work or being late to an appointment is not worth $2,000? That can’t be the case.
Over dinner in New York last night, I told my colleagues about what happened. All of them agreed I should have taken the $2K had it been offered to me (remember, I was on standby). I would have postponed my meeting for it. Why not? I’m not making $2K/day in my other businesses. At least not yet. More importantly, people are flexible and the bump itself makes great conversation.
Can anyone explain why people are so hesitant to take a bump, especially when guaranteed a seat less than seven hours later? Everyone cannot be going to funerals or weddings.