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

United quickly moved from an initial offer of a $1,000 voucher to a $10,000

United quickly moved from an initial offer of a $1,000 voucher to a $10,000

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. The airline also awarded her two $10 meal vouchers.

The airline confirmed they issued the voucher in a statement.

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.

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.


But when she got on the flight, she found out it was oversold. If nobody bites, they will kick off the lowest fare passenger by pulling them out of the boarding line. Preiss said she was asked to "sign a document stating that I volunteered my seat".

Passengers queue for flights at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport in January.

"On the upside, I wasn't physically dragged off the plane and my dog wasn't killed on board", she wrote. They just offered me $10,000 in travel credit.

Washington Dulles International gate agents originally offered her $1,000 in travel credits, but bumped her voucher up to $10,000 when she asked for cash, Priess told NBC. "I am going to go INSANE at Pizza Hut". United did not immediately say if any other passengers have received a $10,000 voucher.

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