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

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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.

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