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London or Paris? United Airlines' $10000 voucher makes these dream vacations possible


A broken airplane seat has earned an American woman a US$10,000 (NZ$13,800) travel voucher - just for agreeing to be bumped off the flight.

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.

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.

In the case of an oversold flight, airlines will kick off the lowest fare passenger, unless there is a volunteer.

She also got two $10 meal vouchers, which she initially said she would use for a first-class dining experience at the airport Pizza Hut.


The $10,000 limit was implemented in April 2017, when United Airlines took a dip in stock after a bloodied passenger was violently dragged off a plane in viral video. "Sketchy af", she wrote on Twitter.

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. Then an agent offered a $10,000 voucher. Most recently, they caused a puppy to suffocate in an overheard bin and accidentally sent a different dog to Japan instead of its intended destination in Missouri.

United oversold the flight and asked Preiss, the lowest-fair passenger, to deboard.

Ms Preiss tweeted as the drama unfolded.

But alas, she didn't get access for a day to the airline lounge.

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