Oversold Flight? Bid on your compensation before giving up seat

Delta Auctions Off Flight Bumps To Lowest Bidders

A reader over at Marginal Revolution spotted Delta’s new system where when you check in at the kiosk it asks you to bid on what it would cost to get you to volunteer your seat. Below the entry box it says, “Delta accepts lower bids first.” Genius!

With this method the airline doesn’t have to guess what might be the lowest bid passengers might accept and then try to auction it off. Let the travelers underbid each other and do the hard work for you.

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3 comments for “Oversold Flight? Bid on your compensation before giving up seat

  1. January 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Brilliant!

  2. January 5, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    It really is! It’d be fun too. I’d love competing at the gate trying to under-bid.

  3. melanie
    January 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    minimum bid $900. c’mon everyone.

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