Woman bumped from overbooked United flight walks away with $10K

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A passenger who was bumped off a full United Airlines flight has scored the maximum prize - a $10,000 travel voucher.

'United is offering $1K in travel credit for an oversold flight. "They are kicking me off this flight", she posted.

But the move enraged Preiss, a communications director, who went on Twitter to vent to her 2,215 followers.


The United Airlines terminal is viewed at Newark Liberty Airport on July 8, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey.

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

"On the upside, I wasn't physically dragged off the plane and my dog wasn't killed on board, so I've got that going for me", she tweeted. "In that case, a good negotiation strategy is to start off by insisting on cash compensation, because the airline would rather offer you a larger amount in travel vouchers than in cash". So United was about to settle and write her a check for $650 but an overeager attendant panicked and cut her a deal for a whopping $10,000 voucher.


A spokesman for United Airlines confirmed Friday that a passenger got the big voucher "per our company policy". At first the agent told her she could get a voucher worth $3,000 or $4,000. "TEN THOUSAND", tweeted Preiss, along with a photo of the voucher.

It's also important to be aware of any connections between different airlines during the trip, Passman said, as carriers don't interline pets, meaning the owner would have to collect and recheck the animal when switching carriers.

"I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty pumped", Preiss told NBC.


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