How I paid £300 for a flight but got £2,500 back | The Sun

A WOMAN has revealed how she paid just £300 for her flight – but managed to get £2500 back.

Megan Keaveny, 30, said she nabbed the huge cash amount after she boarded her flight to Florida.

A 30-year-old New York real estate broker was paid $3,000 (£2,800) by Delta to give up her seat on an overbooked flight just before it took off from LaGuardia Airport last week.

Megan paid $358 (£300) to fly Delta from LaGuardia to West Palm Beach, Florida, according to CNBC Make It.

She said: “While we were boarding, a gate agent announced, ‘We need 22 people to get off this flight. We’re offering $1,300 to any volunteers’."

She told her boyfriend and friends who were also boarding that she would be willing to give up her spot for no less than $2,000.

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Moments later, after she boarded the plane, the agent then said that the airline was willing to pay $2,500 to anyone ready to give up their seat.

After several passengers took up the offer and deplaned, the agent upped the offer to $3,000.

 “I almost broke my neck sprinting down the aisle,” Keaveny said.

She ended up flying to Fort Lauderdale on another flight and hired an Uber for $50 to drive her to West Palm Beach.

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Keaveny told CNBC Make It that she probably could have pocketed even more money for her rebooked flight to Fort Lauderdale, but declined because she was on a timeline.

“We could have done it again that day and made more money in LaGuardia,” Keaveny said.

Passengers on a recently overbooked flight were offered a whopping $10,000 (£8,200) if they went on to a later flight.

Passenger Jason Aten, who was onboard, tweeted: "On @Delta flight from GRR to MSP and they just offered $10,000 for people to give up their seats.… Ten. Thousand. Dollars."

It's not even the first time – a woman in 2018 said she was given a $10,000 travel voucher when she was taken off the plane due to it being overbooked.

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Attorney and personal finance expert Erika Kullberg revealed exactly what you should ask for when an airline bumps you from a flight.

While overbooked flights are less frequent in the UK, one couple recently said they were taken off their TUI flight to Greece because it was overbooked.

A version of this story was originally published by New York Post and has been reproduced with permission.

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