Cheap Ways to Get Into an Airline Club
At SmartMoney: Increased consumer demand, overbooking and fewer flights have created a perfect storm for travelers, warns airline expert Terry Trippler, owner of TripplerTravel.com. "The system is wound so tightly that any delay or problem sparks a domino effect," he says.
If you're getting bumped, or volunteering to give up your seat, ask for access to the airline club as part of your compensation, Trippler suggests. "Sure, I'll take the airline voucher, but if the next flight doesn't leave for a few hours, I'll need a day pass to your club," he says.