I am scheduled to fly from Ontario, CA (ONT)-SFO-ORD-PHL later today and am hoping that I will get the opportunity to give up my seat on one of the flights. Unfortunately, it looks like my best shot is ONT-SFO even though a call to United Reservations revealed that the flight is actually booked even and NOT oversold.
First, take a look at afternoon/evening flights out of Southern California today on United:
Looks promising. My flight is #6 on the list above:
My connection to ORD has 9+ seats avaialble in both F and Y so I doubt I will get a VDB chance on this flight:
The other redeyes to ORD (three planes, including a 777, leaving in the 2300 hour for ORD!) are not zeroed out either:
My final flight to PHL is F2, Y2, but in my experience, there is always quite a few no-shows for 0600 flights.
It will be interesting to see what happens now. Although I am not expecting a bump today, it wouldn’t surprise me if I get up to SFO fine but have a VDB opportunity there, despite the F9/Y9 availability right now, especially with the chance of snow in the forecast for tomorrow in good ol’ Chicagoland.
I’ll let you know what happened tomorrow.