In the midst of the United Airlines fiasco — which originated with a video that went viral of a passenger being dragged off a flight— airlines are now sweetening incentive deals for customers who switch flights.
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Delta will pay you nearly $10K to give up your seat
According to several reports, Delta has changed its policy regarding how much the airline will offer passengers for giving up their seat on a fully booked flight.
A company spokesperson told CNNMoney, “supervisors were previously only able to offer up to $1,350, but Delta notified them on Friday that they’ll now be able to offer up to $9,950 in compensation.”
On top of that, gate agents have been given more flexibility as well — they’re now authorized to offer up to $2,000, up from $800.
On the now infamous United flight, agents offered passengers $800 to give up their seats in order to accommodate four airline employees. But when the airline couldn’t get enough volunteers, it decided to begin randomly bumping passengers from the flight — leading to the incident that involved a man being forcibly removed from the plane, bloodied and screaming.
Despite United’s mishandling of the situation, it is legal for an airline to bump passengers from a flight without them volunteering — and according to the Department of Transportation, customers can receive up to $1,350.
While the maximum amount passengers can receive is now a lot higher, don’t expect to see that offer every time you’re on an overbooked flight. However, if you do get bumped involuntarily, make sure to know your rights — including how much you should receive from the airline in this situation!
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