• twitter_icon
  • facbook_icon
  • social-icon
  • social-icon2

Author: Missy

Home/Articles Posted by Missy (Page 16)
plane seats

Airline Bumping: Voluntary vs Involuntary

plane seats

I can’t remember the last time I traveled and didn’t hear: This flight has been overbooked, we are looking for 10 people blah, blah, blah.

According to Delta.com the reason behind overbooked flights is that every major airline accepts more reservations for flights than it has seats available. This practice is known as overbooking. Flights are overbooked because a certain percentage of passengers are expected to be “no-shows.” This means they change their travel plans but do not cancel their reservations.

If airlines only booked reservations according to the number of seats on a plane, then flights would leave with empty seats and people who would have wanted those seats would be left having to find other options. To avoid this situation, the airline industry monitors no-show trends and books reservations to meet the expected passenger load. But even with the best forecasting techniques, sometimes more customers show up than were expected. The result is an oversold flight.

There is voluntary bumping and involuntary bumping and we are going to give you suggestions for both situations.

If you don’t want to be involuntarily bumped here are a few good tips on your best chance of securing your seat:

Get an advance seat assignment: Even if the airline only has a middle seat left to confirm, be sure you take it. Passengers with seat assignments are typically only bumped if they arrive late and their seat assignment is released.

If you do not have an advance seat assignment, or you want to change your seat assignment, check-in online. Most airlines allow you to check-in online within 24 hours of departure. Seat assignments that were not available at the time of ticketing may be available, including unblocked frequent flyer seats and seat assignments of flyers upgraded to first class. Many airlines automatically upgrade premium flyers within 24-72 hours of departure; at which point their coach seat assignments may be released for pre-assignment.

Get to the airport early: Some airlines reserve a portion of their seat assignment inventory for airport check-in. Also, make sure your name is placed on the “standby” seat assignment list. While your ticket may say “confirmed”, if you do not have a seat assignment, you will be treated by the airline as a “standby” customer. Seats that are held by no-show passengers or passengers that upgrade at check-in to first class are usually distributed to standby passengers in check-in order.

The DOT regulates compensation for involuntary bumping. You have rights when you are being involuntarily bumped:

The airline should arrange substitute transportation that is scheduled to get you to your final destination (including later connections) within one hour of your original scheduled arrival time, there is no compensation.

If the airline arranges substitute transportation that is scheduled to arrive at your destination between one and two hours after your original arrival time (between one and four hours on international flights), the airline must pay you an amount equal to 200% of your one-way fare to your final destination that day, with a $650 maximum.

If the substitute transportation is scheduled to get you to your destination more than two hours later (four hours internationally), or if the airline does not make any substitute travel arrangements for you, the compensation doubles (400% of your one-way fare, $1300 maximum).

If your ticket does not show a fare (for example, a frequent-flyer award ticket or a ticket issued by a consolidator), your denied boarding compensation is based on the lowest cash, check or credit card payment charged for a ticket in the same class of service (e.g., coach, first class) on that flight.

Voluntary bumping occurs when a passenger with a confirmed seat assignment agrees to give up his seat for negotiated compensation. This compensation is not regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT): The airlines give employees guidelines for bargaining with passengers, and they may select those volunteers willing to sell back their reservations for the lowest price.

Know what questions to ask before you volunteer to give up your seat:

*Can you confirm me on a later flight with a seat assignment and what is the schedule?
*Does the voucher or other compensation have an expiration date by when it must be used or redeemed?
*Are there any ‘blackout dates’, such as holidays, when I can not use the voucher/ticket?
*Can the voucher or other compensation be used for international travel?
*Can I make a reservation using the voucher and how far in advance can I make it?

This year I have several trips planned and I am going to voluntarily give up my seat and I will let you know how it works out.

Leave us a comment below and tell us about your flight bumping experiences and suggestions.

Our information comes from Delta, smartertravel.com and travelsense.org.

Smalleys

Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque 666 Wings Challenge (Video)

Smalley's Stillwater MN

If you have been following We’ve Tried It then you would know that we have been on a quest to break our friend Jenni with HOT food challenges. I swear she has a mouth of leather.

First we tried St. Croix Farms Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Salsa, then we moved on to St. Croix Farms 10X Ghost Pepper Salsa and now we are going all in with Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque 666 Wings.

Six of us tried the 666 wings: Jenni, Nicole, Lisa, Mary, Shirley and Missy. It didn’t workout so well for many of us. Watch the video to see what happened…

Who will get the 666 Wings Sauce in their eyes…

The service and food were amazing at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque and we highly recommend stopping in if you are in Stillwater, MN.

Update: Smalley’s is closing it’s doors and the last day to get their amazing food is January 13th, 2018. Our hopes are that they will be opening a new restaurant soon. They will be greatly missed by the community. You can get the full story here.

If you missed the other hot challenges with Jenni – check out our YouTube page and while you are there be sure to subscribe to our page.

Hair detangler

Using Fabric Softener to Tame Hard to Manage Hair

Before and after

Our friend Jenni sent the above photo to our Facebook page on how to detangle doll hair and asked if we could try this on her. We thought it was funny that she would compare her hair to a doll until I went over the following morning and saw her frizzy hair.

Frizzy hair

The above photo is the before fabric softener spray was applied. First I brushed it out and it was frizzy and dry looking. I sprayed her dry hair with the solution until it was wet all over. I then blew dry her hair and it looked like she had it professionally straightened.

Fabric Softener Hair

We didn’t really go by any directions because we were going off of the top doll photo. I looked into this process online and found that many people use fabric softener to tame their tresses.

Fabric softener can detangle your hard-to-manage hair, while leaving your hair conditioned and silky.

Instructions: Pour 3 cups of warm water into a clean spray bottle, Add 3 tbsp. liquid fabric softener. Replace the spray bottle’s cap and shake the bottle to combine the water and the fabric softener.

Get ready as you normally would, wash and condition your hair and then towel dry. Spray hair with the fabric softener spray solution, around 10 squirts for medium length hair. Comb hair with a wide-tooth comb and dry as usual.

We want to know if you have ever tried fabric softener on your hair and what the results were. Leave us a comment below.

Top photo credit: Pinterest

Fresh Flowers

How to Make Fresh Cut Flowers Last Longer

We hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day! If you received flowers from your loved ones we have some DIY tips on how to make them last longer.

Moss River Hudson, WI

Pop: Don’t throw away those last drops of your pop! Pour about 1/4 cup into the water in a vase full of cut flowers. The sugar in the pop will make the blossoms last longer. If you have a clear vase and want the water to remain clear, use a clear soda, like Sprite or 7-Up.

Hair Spray: Just as it preserves your hairstyle, a spritz of hair spray can help your cut flowers look fresh longer. Stand a foot away from the bouquet and give them a quick spray, just on the undersides of the leaves and petals.

Aspirin: It’s a tried-and-true way to keep roses and other cut flowers fresh longer. Put a crushed aspirin in the water before adding your flowers. Also, don’t forget to change the vase water every few days.

Moss River flowers

Bleach: In addition to the food, adding a tiny amount of bleach to the water — 1/4 tsp. per quart of water — will also help keep the water clean and clear and prevent harmful microorganisms from taking over. But please don’t use too much or you’ll damage the flower you’re trying so hard to preserve!

Listerine: Add 2 ounces of the mouthwash to every gallon of water will act as plant food and create a bacteria-fighting environment for the flowers. It’s also acidic like many of the other solutions, which helps water move up cut stems.

Thank you to our favorite flower shop: Moss Rivers Flower Studio in Hudson, WI for providing us with the beautiful photos. Check Moss Rivers out on Facebook and show some love!

Tips from Readers Digest

Mothers Day

Happy Mother’s Day Contest: $50 Target GC Giveaway

Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of all you wonderful mother’s we are giving away a $50 Target Gift Card on Weve Tried It Facebook page today (Facebook only.)

Mothers Day Contest

Rules: Must post a photo of you and your mother or you and your child/children in the comment section on our Facebook page under the contest photo only. Winner will be selected at 10pm (central time) tonight 5/11/2014.  The gift card will be awarded and mailed to whomever has the most likes on their posted photo. In the event that there is a tie, we will put the names in a hat and draw a winner.

To enter you must be following WTI on Facebook. Be sure to tell your friends and family to come over to our page and like your photo. GOOD LUCK and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Lindy Springs

Lindysprings Systems Pure Water for Your Home Review

We were thrilled to sit down with Craig (Jehtro) Lund the owner of Lindysprings Systems out of Hudson, WI to learn about our water and what we can do to make sure it is safe and healthy.

Lindysprings Systems understands the water challenges in this area and took the time to learn about my family’s particular water treatment needs. Craig recommend the most efficient, effective and economical water treatment solution custom fit for my home. So every time we turn on your tap, you know we are getting the best water.

You can feel the concern, care and knowledge as Craig speaks. This locally owned and operated business understands the importance of honesty and integrity in all of their business dealings.

They focus exclusively on everything having to do with water softeners and other water treatment products. They don’t get sidetracked with water heaters and other plumbing related products and services. Because of our dedication to their core expertise you will find that they are head and shoulders above any of their competitors.

Lindysprings Systems offers a full line of water softeners, whole house filters and reverse osmosis drinking water systems, so you can be confident we have a solution that’s right for you and your budget. And you can count on them being here for you now and in the future.

My family went with the LRR Series II Water Softener System and the SQC Series Reverse Osmosis System.

You can find Lindysprings Systems website here and be sure to like their Facebook page.

Update: Our Lindyspring System is installed and we are in love! Here is a note that I sent to Craig about how pleased we are:

Seriously, this has been one of the best investment we have made in a long time! After having Lindyspring Systems come to our home and and test our water, we immediately set up an installation date. With chlorine levels through the roof that alone made the decision easy.

Craig and Adam spent the time to educate us on water and our health. I can’t recommend this company enough.

In just a weeks time I have already noticed that our water no longer smells like chlorine, with the reverse osmosis system the water tastes amazing, we use 1/4 of the shampoo we were once using, soft skin and ice cubes are clear! One of the biggest benefits is that I no longer have a stomachache from drinking water.

If you have been thinking about getting a Lindyspring Systems in your home – Do It Today, you won’t be sorry!

Lindyspring Systems

Give Lindysprings a call today! 715-531-1067

Cleaning cell phones

How To Rid Your Smartphone of Bacteria

Germs and bacteria are everywhere, but you can imagine how many are on your cellphone! We set out to find the best way to rid your cell phone of any and all germs.

First we took a look at UV Sanitizers for your smartphone:

Violight UV Cellphone Sanitizer

Violight UV Cellphone Sanitizer, 14-Ounce: Uses proven germicidal UV light to safely destroy 99.9% of surface bacteria on your phone.
Dual UV Bulbs Eliminates up to 99.9% of Germs Strep, E.Coli, Salmonella, Listeria, and Pseudomonas. This product is about the size of a hand soap dispenser, the device sets up unobtrusively on a nightstand or desk.

Here’s the thing, this sounds great but unless you are able to test for bacteria afterwards – how would one ever know if it works. There are many different brands, models and prices and they can be fairly inexpensive. The one above is $65.22 on Amazon, we did find them as low as $20.

Can you use cleaning solutions:

Do you dare use cleaning spray on your device? Sanitizing your iPhone can kill the spread of germs but Apple warns that using cleaning fluids on the iPhone can cause permanent damage to the screen’s coating, which could void your phone’s warranty.

Apple suggests the following steps:

Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, and similar items may cause damage to the item.
Disconnect your Apple product from any external power sources.
Disconnect any external devices and other cabling from the product.
Keep liquids away from the product.
Don’t get moisture into any openings, and don’t use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives.
Do not spray cleaners directly onto the item.

We have read several sites that say if you are using a bacterial spray on your phone or iPad that you should spray it on a soft cloths, just enough to make it damp and then to wipe down your phone.

Finding the perfect case to protect your devices:

Otterbox Defender Series

Our home uses Otterbox Defender Series. One would have to imagine with the enclosed case that most of the germs would stay on the case. Meaning that you can take the case off your phone and disinfect it without having to worry about wrecking your phone.

Tell us how you clean your cellphone and tablet in the comment section below.

Batteries

How To Make AAA Batteries Work As AA

This is the best tip we have seen in a long time! If you run out of AA batteries but have some AAAs laying around and some tinfoil you’re in luck.

Wrap up a ball of foil and stuff it into the case of your device where the battery’s positive terminal connects (we read you can do it both ways, but we only tried positive.) As long as you have enough foil to fill in the gap and make it tight, it should work.

This of course isn’t a permanent fix but should get you through until you can get to the store.

Follow Us on Pinterest