A woman who was kicked off her United Airlines flight and ranted about it on Twitter has now been awarded a $10,000 flight voucher. Allison Preiss of Washington DC said, "It was the best flight delay ever." Preiss was handed the $10,000 flight voucher after she was kicked off a flight due to a broken seat.
When a seat was discovered to be broken aboard her flight, no passengers volunteered to take the next available flight and United Airlines policy mandates the passenger with the lowest fare gets the boot. Preiss had the cheapest ticket at just $160 and was forced to get off her flight headed from Dulles International Airport to Austin, Texas.
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"United is offering $1K in travel credit for an oversold flight. If nobody bites, they will kick off the lowest fare passenger by pulling them out of the boarding line. For a flight that THEY oversold. Unreal," Preiss vented on Twitter. I AM THE LOWEST FARE PASSENGER. @united IS THE WORST."
When the airline offered her $2,000 for the inconvenience she turned it down and asked for cash instead. "United tried to get me to sign a document that says I volunteered my seat on this plane when I was involuntarily denied boarding. Sketchy af," her rant continued.
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"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 added referring to a <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/20527-Dog-Placed-in-Overhead-Bin-Dies-Aboard-United-Airlines-Flight">a passenger's dog that died aboard a United Flight recently.</a> United eventually increased their offer to $10,000, the maximum the company is allowed to credit.
"They really do not want to give me cash. They just offered me $10,000 in travel credit. TEN THOUSAND," Preiss said on Twitter providing a photo of the voucher. United also threw in two $10 meal vouchers to sweeten the deal. The company justified the massive credit by saying it was because it oversold a flight.
United said in a statement, "We issued this voucher per our policy."
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