We boarded the plane first and as the plane filled up, they announced that they had a need for three additional volunteers. We were seated toward the front of the plane so I rang the call button as the attendant walked by and asked about the offer. They again said they only needed three, but I told them if they took four, I was game. They discussed amongst themselves and said, “Gather your stuff.” By now the plane was full and we were applauded, to my daughter’s amazement, as we deplaned.
The deal was $400 each in travel vouchers and $12 each for meals as well as the next flight to Florida. The agent called another gate as there was trouble with passengers at a flight to Atlanta at 5 p.m. that we might be able to get on. We went to the gate with the agent and, after a few moments, we were not able to board the plane. But he told me we were on the next flight to Atlanta at 6 p.m. and then we were confirmed with four seats in first class from Atlanta to FLL. The girls were excited. He said we should grab a snack and see the gate agent to get our tickets.
So after all is said and done, here is where we stand:
Flight vouchers for first bump: $400 X 4 = $1,600
Food vouchers: $12 X 4 = $48 (basically enough for water in NYC)
Flight vouchers for second bump: $400 X 4 = $1,600
Food vouchers: $12 X 4 = $48 (more water, LOL!)
Hotel transportation: $15 value
Hotel: $179 value
Amount saved for room in Florida: $50 (Holiday Inn Express at the Entertainment Card rate)
Rental car saved: $50 for one day