April 23, 2018

'Bumped' passenger gets $10000 travel voucher from United

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A United Airlines passenger bumped from a flight on walking away with a travel voucher isn't terribly surprising - except that hers was worth $10,000.

Sadly, not likely. While a United Airlines representative told Newsweek that the voucher is per the company's policy, it is the highest voucher available and is only issued in extreme circumstances.

In a series of tweets, Allison Preiss of Washington, D.C., described how she was rewarded after being asked to give up her seat on a Thursday flight. No one apparently did, and Preiss was apparently the passenger who'd paid the least, as she explained in a tweetstorm.

The agents raised the offer for volunteers one more time, to a $2,000 voucher, but when no one responded, Preiss was stopped from boarding the plane.

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"United is offering $1K in travel credit for an oversold flight". "They are kicking me off this flight", she posted. "Sketchy af", she wrote on Twitter. She said she was thinking about going to Hawaii with her voucher. United did not immediately say if any other passengers have received a $10,000 voucher.

Preiss asked for cash, and the airline offered her a larger voucher, and then another, eventually landing at a $10,000 travel voucher for future travel, along with two $10 vouchers for the airport food court where she promised to "go INSANE at Pizza Hut".

United Airlines has recently come under sharp criticism after a German shepherd was incorrectly sent from OR to Japan, instead of Kansas City.

Ms Preiss tweeted as the drama unfolded.

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