A while back, on a flight I got reimbursed for, I volunteered to be bumped, which meant I arrived just two hours later than than my original-but-delayed flight. So I got a free travel voucher. Which I just turned in for an $850 cross-country flight to see my family. And I almost used it on a $350 flight in March, but I got smart at the last minute and saved it for summer and higher fuel prices. (Holy moly, $850! Insanity!)

Admittedly, there is a red-eye involved, but I’ve decided that there are some advantages to being on the red-eye from Hub City to Hub City, rather than stressing about catching the last flight out from Hub City to SmallTown Airport, and being trapped overnight if I miss it.