My flight this afternoon was oversold and they were seeking 3 volunteers to take a flight 4 hours later. Normally I do not take bumps because the exchange is worthless, but this time it was on Airtran and they were offering 2 r/t tickets to anywhere they fly. It was quite tempting and if the flight they were offering wasn’t 4 hours later I might have, but sometimes I just want to get to my destination.
I’m not sure how useful their bump vouchers are. On many airlines when they do the free* r/t ticket it’s very limited so the odds of using it limit its true value. United will give flight credit if asked. This is usually better b/c then you can book your own flight and even use it internationally. With this option the odds of getting a free trip are lower, but there are more options.
I just never get a good opportunity to bump. Either I want to get to my destination or I just don’t feel like waiting around that airport any longer.