Bumped United Passenger Awarded $10K Travel Voucher

Bumped United Passenger Awarded $10K Travel Voucher

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.

United Airlines gave a $10,000 travel voucher to a Washington, D.C., woman who was bumped from a flight to Austin Thursday because of a broken seat on the plane.

Preiss tweeted all throughout the incident, giving details like the fact that she also got meal vouchers for the delay.

United confirmed in an email on Friday that "yes, we issued" Preiss "this voucher per our policy".

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Unlike the story that made headlines a year ago when a doctor was dragged from a flight after already taking his seat, Preise was removed from the boarding line before she made it onto the plane.

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

But when she got on the flight, she found out it was oversold.

"They are kicking me off this flight". If nobody bites, they will kick off the lowest fare passenger by pulling them out of the boarding line.

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And where is Preiss going to go with her $10,000 travel voucher? Instead, they offered her a huge sum of $10,000 worth of travel credit for her troubles.

However, United Airlines offered her $10,000 travel voucher and a seat in the next flight to give up her seat.

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