Sure, if you're talking long distances. And it really depends on your particular situation..
Agreed. Ok? :-)
(It has become apparent that my jetsetter/snob remark could have used smilies; getting lots of confused feedback on that one. I'm not really a "jetsetter" like a 1950s movie star, and as for the snob remark, I refuse to move beyond the implied smiley!)
I'm really confused here. From your tone, it sounds like you're identifying as a "jetsetter," but then you say "NOW we see" only from the present story that overbooking is a serious thing?
It's not like I'm flying every week, like some people here. But I do it sometimes, and it's always gone fairly well; the worst reliability problem being a few hours lateness.
As it happens, I have never been bumped. I've gotten offers to get bumped, but always declined and watched people eagerly run up to the desk to volunteer. This particular story is the first time I ever heard of someone being bumped involuntarily. Maybe it happens often, but I hadn't heard of it.
Until this story, overbooking never presented itself as a reliability problem. So, it wasn't a "serious thing." It was merely an amusing game that certain people played with the airlines to get freebies.