When you’re checking in at a flight airport and you notice a flight overbook, it’s a good idea to ask the cabin crew if you have a valid flight reservation, ABC News aviation expert Brian O’Leary said.
If you’re flying from a nonstop airport to a non-stop airport, you’ll be able to request a reservation for the next day.
You should also check your current itinerary for any extra flights that may be needed.
If the cabin is full, it can help you get a better understanding of the amount of time it will take to arrive at your flight, O’Brien said.
“You’ll get an idea of how much it’s going to cost to get to your flight.
You’ll get a sense of whether you can afford that.
It’s going be worth the time,” he said.
When you get an email from an airline stating your flight has been overbooking for more than 48 hours, the best thing you can do is call your airline directly and ask for an overbook.
“If the airlines doesn’t know the full extent of the situation, they should contact you to inform you of the current status of your flight,” O’Learysaid.
If your flight arrives early enough, the cabin staff may be able give you a different date of arrival to your reservation.
The next best thing to do is contact the airline that issued the reservation.
“The airlines may need to do a few things to accommodate you,” O’thellesaid.
For example, you may be asked to show your boarding pass or confirmation code, or if you’re already on the aircraft, they may need you to provide additional details, such as the flight number, time of departure and time of arrival.
Airlines often don’t offer an over-booking alert, which alerts them to your booking, so if you don’t get an overticket alert you may need another reservation.