'Bumped' passenger gets $10000 travel voucher from United

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

She said United at first offered her a $2,000 voucher and the next available seat on a flight. "They are kicking me off this flight".

Preiss says she was trying to fly from Dulles Airport outside Washington to Austin, Texas, for a bachelorette party.

It was a happy ending for Preiss, who cracked wise about other recent publicized tales of United Airlines travel gone awry. Instead, they offered her a huge sum of $10,000 worth of travel credit for her troubles. It was only then that the $10,000 offer came up.

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"Yes", the airline said, "we issued this voucher per our policy". Preiss had paid the least amount of money for her seat and was told there was a broken seat on the plane so she had to catch the next flight to Austin. "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. TEN THOUSAND", tweeted Preiss, along with a photo of the voucher.

"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 ... which is nice", she said, referring to the pooch that died on a United flight this month after a flight attendant insisted that its carrier be put in an overhead compartment. "I am going to go INSANE at Pizza Hut", she tweeted.

When she declined, she was given a pamphlet explaining what she was entitled to under airline regulations and federal law.


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