Friends and family all know that I am not a big fan of airplane flying. I do it out of necessity and I always say that it serves to always catch me up on my prayer life. As the old pulpit humor goes, there’s a reason that the Bible verse of Matthew 28:20 says, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”, and that’s a good reason why we shouldn’t fly so high!
The other night at dinner, a lady was telling me that she had just retired as a flight attendant. I told her that I sure wished that I could become as “flying courageous” as flight attendants, and could she give me any tips. She looked at me and smiled and said, “what do you mean? I don’t enjoy flying either”. That didn’t give me much to go on.
With the obligatory discussion of my fear of flying all behind us, I move to some flying advice for those who enjoy flying and have some upcoming vacation flights scheduled. Writer Krystal Steinmetz tells us that we don’t have to settle for a food voucher if we get bumped on our next flight.
According to TechCrunch, you could be owed up to $1300 if you get bumped because of an overbooked flight. So, the next time that you hear the P.A. offering a $20 food court voucher or a free flight because you are getting bumped; you might want to put the brakes on a quick acceptance of that offer, because you may be waiving a money claim.
There are businesses that specialize in helping travelers get their money damages, and they usually charge a percentage of the recovery. Apparently, they describe it as a “mountain of paperwork” to make you feel as though going at it alone is like filing for a patent.
According to Reuters, you are eligible for up to $825 if you are delayed up to three hours, or your flight is canceled. If you are bumped from a flight or you can’t reach your scheduled destination within two hours, you can potentially collect up to 400 percent of the cost of a one-way ticket. The link above gives more details on making claims. Just sending to think about when they try to send you for an Orange Julius.
DID YOU KNOW that Janis Joplin bequeathed $2500 in her will for her friends to “have a ball after I’m gone”.
And for pic o’ day, this seemed a bit on theme: