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

It may seem impossible, but United Airlines gave one traveler a $10,000 travel voucher for bumping her off the flight due to a broken seat.

A spokesman for United Airlines confirmed Friday that a passenger got the big voucher, but he didn't name the person.

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Nothing is more frustrating than getting bumped off a flight-but a massive travel voucher may ease the pain. They first offered Preiss $2,000 but she said no, claiming she wanted a check instead.

When no one volunteered, United's staff removed the customer who had paid the least amount of money for his or her ticket.

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Then this: "I AM THE LOWEST FARE PASSENGER", Preiss tweeted. Her original flight from Reagan National Airport to Austin was canceled because of the winter snowstorm, as were thousands of other flights across the country, so she rebooked on the Dulles flight. For a flight that THEY oversold.

Preiss said flight attendants offered passengers a $1,000 travel credit, but since no one took the offer, they would be forced to kick the lowest fare passenger off the plane.

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Asked what she will do with the voucher, Preiss, who manages communications for a liberal advocacy group, told the AP, "Haven't decided yet but I'm thinking Hawaii". "Sketchy af", she wrote on Twitter. "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". The airline also awarded her two $10 meal vouchers. "I am going to go INSANE at Pizza Hut", she tweeted.