Air Travel Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report Two bumps at ORD, $800 in travel credits

Jump to last reply

The airline is United, which has to be my favorite airline based on all the benefits I have gotten from it, although I collect on Air Canada Aeroplan.

This saga starts out January 4, when I took a bump in Mexico City and ended up getting business class on American Airlines, plus $300 in travel credits, and a quicker routing.

So back home with my $300 in travel credits, I purchased a $326 YVR-PHL ticket on United (an excellent deal). I then paid $6 for a roundtrip ticket to New York City. This was for May 20-26.

I had a great time in NYC, and an enjoyable time in Philly for the few hours I had available for it (I had a night there coming and going).

On May 26, I had to catch my PHL-ORD flight. I was traveling carry-on only, but being in Zone 4, I was forced to gate-check my carry-on, without too much thought about what was in it. On board, we were forced to wait for about 1.5 hours before we could fly, supposedly due to bad weather in Chicago.

I arrived in Chicago, and just missed my onward Vancouver connection. Rats! I did have to pay my own hotel that night, and I had to wait about 2 hours in line to be rebooked, for 3:40 PM the next day, May 27.

I made the best of it, and enjoyed the chance to just sit and watch TV, and be on the Internet, and work. Luckily I had brought my work laptop with me, a last-minute decision.

At the airport on May 27, I volunteered to be bumped. This time, I got a free stay at the Crowne Plaza, a $15 food voucher (not much really, of course), and $400 in travel credits. So I went to the Crowne Plaza, did some more work, enjoyed dinner, and took a taxi to Target (I was suffering from the lack of items in my carry-on).

I went to the airport on May 28 for my 9:40 AM flight. I again volunteered to be bumped, and was given a first-class seat on the 8:20 PM flight plus another $400 in travel credits, plus a $15 food voucher. I went back to the Crowne Plaza and stored my luggage, and went into Chicago. I had a great day with the Art Institute, the skyscrapers, Millennium Park, and the promenade along Lake Michigan. Back I went to the Crowne Plaza, got my luggage, got the priority screening line and access to the Red Carpet Club, and settled in to work a few hours. My flight was delayed a couple hours, but that just gave me a little more time.

Finally I got home. My gate-checked carry-on wasn't there, but I'm told it's coming today. Most likely my trip to Target will be covered.

6 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's Go List 2015 Has Been Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 19, 14 at 05:08 PM
View all Air Travel activity »
  1. 1 Oxford to Athens and back to London
  2. 2 Time needed between flights?
  3. 3 The beggining of the end of Airbus A380?
  4. 4 Air canada checking correct VISA
  5. 5 Health and Safety for time left sitting on the tarmac.
  6. 6 Using a "Fake" Location for Better Flight Prices???
  7. 7 Do we need a 3 hour layover at DFW if coming from overseas?
  8. 8 Anyone used webjet.com?
  9. 9 TAP Portuguese Air
  10. 10 Which One World Airline to Use: American, Cathay Pacific, JAL?
  11. 11 90 minute change at heathrow terminal 5
  12. 12 Unsealed pills ok for airlines?
  13. 13 Delta has changed my flight three times (so far)!
  14. 14 redeeming dividend miles
  15. 15 Keeping AA miles alive
  16. 16 Taxis at CDG......
  17. 17 why hasnt price of airfare dropped?
  18. 18 United/Lufthansa code share--can't reserve seats until departure??????
  19. 19 Trip Report KLM stinks
  20. 20 Driver's License Expired and TSA
  21. 21 Trip Report Gimpy Geezer and Wife Fly Air France A380 Premium Economy from DC to Europe
  22. 22 Please help: Singapore to Tahiti to Hawaii to Singapore
  23. 23 Name on passport differs from air ticket
  24. 24 Korean Air Executive Resigns Post After Halting Flight Over Snack Service
  25. 25 To select a seat or not>
View next 25 » Back to the top