Note: As announced in our UnRoadWarrior 2.0 post, we are starting a new series of posts called Expert Tips. This series will feature, short, to the point, no longer than a few sentences tips from us and experts we have learnt from. The idea is to create a whole set of tips on how to handle situations as you encounter them. Our eventual goal is that anytime you run into a new situation, you should be able to search this set of tips to get advice on how to handle it. Do leave a comment to let us know what you this of the idea behind this series.
Here is the first in this series.
Expert Tip #1: Never take a ‘Free Trip’ Voucher:
When flights are overbooked, airlines ask for volunteers who are willing to fly later, in exchange for a free round trip to anywhere in the domestic flight sector of the airline. In the US, this is the lower 48 states (all except Alaska and Hawaii). Our expert tip is to always ask for a cash value voucher of $300 or higher instead. There are two reason for this: First, the ‘free round trip’ voucher is usually restricted as to when it can be used. It cannot be used to pay for international trips. The trips you can use them for cannot be upgraded. Secondly, you earn no miles on the ‘free round trip’. A cash voucher usually does not have these restrictions AND you earn miles on the trip you use them for.
Also read my articles for more on vouchers:
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