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Reduce the chance of being bumped from a flight

Be sure to get to the airport early—the first passengers involuntarily
cut are those who checked in last. When possible, book your flight well
in advance (two to six months), choose your seat online, and print your
boarding pass at home; airlines are less likely to bump you if your
reservations are long-established. If you haven’t already joined
frequent-flier programs on the airlines you fly the most, do so—you’ll
almost certainly get preferential treatment. And steer clear of peak
travel times (such as Monday mornings), when flights are more likely to
be overbooked.

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