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If you want to be "bumped" next time you have more time than money, make a reservation only if the flight is almost full.
Access software will allow a travel agent to see if the seat availability is limited to eight seats or less. If there are fewer than eight seats, it's a pretty good assumption the flight is heavily booked and some people will have to be bumped.
Look for flights on heavily traveled days, but on small-bodied aircraft, such as 727s and 737s.
Be aware, though, that bumping compensation rules don't apply to commuter airlines or charter flights.
Volunteers who are bumped are usually compensated anywhere from a $50 voucher to a 100% free ticket.