You're sleep deprived and full of nerves as you wait at your gate for your next flight. You just had to battle a long line at security, paid a ridiculous price for a mediocre sandwich, and now you have to listen to the sound of screaming children as you wait to board your plane. All you want is to get to your destination, but fate is not on your side. The next thing you know, you've been bumped off your flight because the airline overbooked it and now there's no space for you.
Before you yell at your gate agent, go over your options. This major inconvenience may prove to be a blessing in disguise. Finance TikToker @nuhfinance explained in one of his recent videos how you can use this situation to your advantage.
It sounds too good to be true, but alas, it is true. The U.S. Department of Transportation does have rules for involuntary denied boarding or "bumping." This happens when there are not enough passengers who voluntarily give up their seats.
The factors that go into determining who gets bumped include check-in time and frequent flyer status. This is all perfectly legal as long as the basis for bumping someone doesn't have anything to do with race, gender or other identity-related reasons. In some cases, you can get extra money out of your predicament.
It's important to know your legal rights in these situations. Before your flight, research your airline and see what compensation you can get if you are bumped.