Johnny Jet wants to talk about the United Airlines fiasco and he says that there is a lot of misinformation going around about what happened. The Captain has the power to remove anyone from his plane, and that's how it should be. But Leo says that United made the mistake of bumping a passenger after they got on the plane and settled in. They should have done it before boarding. It was also not a United flight. It was Republic Airways, a subsidiary. In the end, it was bad customer relations and United is paying for it. Johnny Jet also says if you check in online 24 hours in advance and get a seat assignment, you are much less likely to be booted off the plane should the airline need to make room.
Johnny also says that Delta has made a change to allow gate agents to offer up to $2,000 dollars and supervisors up to nearly $10K to get passengers to volunteer. United will likely do that also. If you want to get bumped to make some extra money, Johnny suggests booking your flight during peak periods. Go to the gate agent and tell them you're willing to volunteer for a price. Be nice and negotiate for cash, lounge access, meal vouchers and even bonus mileage. After you tell the gate agent, tell the agent at the gate door and stay there. You can really cash in.