Bumped United passenger walks away with $10000 voucher

Bumped United passenger walks away with $10000 voucher

A United Airlines passenger received a travel voucher worth a staggering $10,000 when she walked away from the flight she was bumped from, according to the Daily Mail.

Allison Preiss, a communications director at a Washington think tank, was flying out of Dulles airport when she started tweeting that her flight was overbooked and that the lowest fare passenger was about to be bumped. "They are kicking me off this flight", she posted. They first offered Preiss $2,000 but she said no, claiming she wanted a check instead.

And that turned out to work in her favor.

Airlines usually offer some kind of make-good for people who are bumped off of flights, usually in the form of free travel, food vouchers or hotel stays, if necessary. She figured she could use it at the bachelorette weekend as they "tend to be pretty pricey", she wrote in an email.

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When no one volunteered, United's staff removed the customer who had paid the least amount of money for his or her ticket.

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The airline's policy changed to allow that amount to be offered after David Dao was dragged off a United flight past year and ended up bloody and injured.

A spokesman for United Airlines confirmed Friday that a passenger got the big voucher "per our company policy".

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"They really do not want to give me cash".

She took it. Along with two $10 meal vouchers.

When she declined, she was given a pamphlet explaining what she was entitled to under airline regulations and federal law. "I am going to go INSANE at Pizza Hut", she tweeted.