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Traveling surely makes for some interesting conversations and social situations. This is double true when irregular operations (IROPS) happens and flights are delayed and canceled. I saw a post over on Reddit’s Am I The A****** forum that I thought was interesting. This is a forum where people can post, asking about a particular situation and whether they handled it correctly.

AITA – Delta Bump Version

Here is what the original poster (OP) asked:

Delta gave me $2,000 to skip my flight. This is $2,000 that can be spent ANYWHERE. The flight looked like it was going to get canceled anyway. It did. So now I have $2,000 and a hotel stay but my fiancée is mad at me because I chose the money over coming home. But it looked like the flight was going to be canceled. Not to mention I called once and texted once to ask her opinion and she didn’t answer either so I had to make the decision by myself. She claims because shes been in a semi depressed state the last few days it is crazy of me to ever make that decision. She has not communicated to me well enough how “bad” she really is right now. Last night when we spoke and she seemed better.


Overwhelmingly, the commenters agreed with the original poster that he was Not the A******, and that what he did was reasonable. Here are a few of the comments I thought most interesting / funny:

You know what would make me feel better? My husband telling me he just earned $2000 in 24 hours. Hopefully, in a good relationship, it benefits both of you. NTA

I can live without my husband indefinitely for $2k/24 hours.

You for real? If I came home “early” instead of taking $2,000, my wife would send me back to try again.

The [solution] is clear – spend that 2k on mind reading lessons so this won’t happen again. NTA as you didn’t had an opportunity for those lessons before.

My Thoughts (And My Own Delta Bump Story)

I agree with all the posters that taking the bump was eminently reasonable. I actually have a fairly similar story – a few years ago I was at a work conference for 3 days, and Delta had oversold my flight home to Cincinnati. I ended up getting $1,000 (on a Visa gift card) and a hotel voucher to take a flight the next morning.

(SEE ALSO: Woman got a $10,000 United voucher – this is how she spent it)

In my case, I was able to get a hold of my wife and ask her what she thought. She told me to take the money 🙂

The Bottom Line

A reddit poster asked if he was correct in taking a $2,000 gift card to be bumped off a Delta flight and arrive the next day. His fiancee was furious that he took that due to the state of her mental health (even though the flight actually ended up being canceled anyways!)

Readers – what do you think? What would you do in that situation? Leave your thoughts in the comments below

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