Greetings all,

I'd like to take a moment of your time to reflect on the True Meaning of Thanksgiving. This is a momentous time of year, to be looked forward to with joy and excitement.

Thanksgiving is not a time to give thanks. Thanksgiving is a time to get bumped.

For where many see overcrowded airplanes and many more see traffic jams that legends and comparisons to Silicon Valley are made of, one can see pure opportunity if one steps back from the fray and reflects on the True Meaning of Thanksgiving. With a careful selection of flight schedules, plenty of reading material, a lot of food, and an understanding with all family that the obligatory Thanksgiving dinners are to be held on Friday, not Thursday, one can reap the greatest rewards of this special time of year--hundreds of dollars in free travel, courtesy of the overflowing and generous (or at least full) airlines.

This year, I have regained the Faith. A true follower of the Faith must fly America West Airlines, site of overbookings grander than anyone else can muster, as if they wish for more revenue than can possibly be had out of an airplane. Those other airlines are merely false idols. In dark times past, I flew the likes of United Airlines and Delta Airlines; they merely overbook rather than awesomely overstuff. I fell for the decadence of convenient airports and convenient schedules and airlines that aspire to adhere to schedule. To punish me for my errant ways, the Gods of Allocation and Yield Management ensured that I received no bounty for my travails. So now that the Light has become clear to me, I will follow it to the path of Redemption of many Denied Boarding Compensation vouchers.

Peace and profit,

..robert