Given the rising cost of airline travel these days, its nice to be able to get a free flight every once in a while. But how does one go about getting free plane tickets, especially if a person isn’t signed up with a frequent-flyer program?
A few years ago, I was catching an early morning flight from Richmond, VA to Atlanta, GA. As I was sitting there waiting to board the plane, an announcement came over the P.A. system:
“Attention: this flight has been oversold. If you are willing to give up your seat and board the next flight, please come to the desk now.”
At first, I thought to myself: “NO way. I really want to get home. Not that I have anything I need to rush home for, but I don’t want to have to wait in the airport longer than I’ve already had to!”
But then, the announcement continued:
“If you are willing to give up your seat, you will receive a free round-trip ticket, good for flight anywhere in the Continental U.S. at any time.”
Suddenly, I didn’t need to get home as fast as I thought.
Instead, I RAN to the counter as fast as I could, slapped down my ticket, and said: “Here you go – now WHERE’S MY TICKET?!?”
Who knew the airport had such a cool policy? It’s nice to know I can manage to get a free ticket someplace simply by being a little patient with my time and giving up my seat. I’ve done this a few times since then, and they always end up coming in handy, especially if I need to make an emergency flight somewhere!
Ah, getting a free trip ticket for giving up your plane seat… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!
– Aaron P. Taylor