GETTING paid almost $5000 to change your flight doesn’t sound like a bad deal does it?
But that’s just what one US Delta passenger has scored after she answered the call by the airline to forfeit her seat on an overbooked flight.
Possibly wanting to avoid scenes like when David Dao was infamously dragged off an overcrowded United Airlines in April — when the airline said it needed to urgently accommodate four staff members — Delta waved a very lucrative carrot to customers who didn’t mind waiting a few hours.
Viral videos of 69-year-old Mr Dao being dragged down the aisle and then chief executive Oscar Munoz’s handling of the incident unleashed public fury and sparked calls for new regulations of the airline industry.
Commentators have already said such occurrence are rare, but that hasn’t stopped airlines changing their policies and offering more generous compensation for bumping passengers.
She accepted US$4000 (A$4967) to give her seat up on a flight to Indiana. The plane was reportedly full of American football fans following their beloved Georgia Bulldogs to their interstate game with Notre Dame.
Delta kept upping the price in a bid to get someone who had already taken their seat to give it up so someone who had a confirmed reservation could take their seat on the overcrowded flight.
Ms Smith jumped in when it hit the $4000 mark.
Amazingly, she was offered a flight a few hours later that would mean she could still make the game — and pocket thousands of dollars in easy cash.
She live tweeted the experience, telling followers “$4000 was my magic number”.
The Georgia Bulldogs take on Notre Dame tomorrow morning Australian time which gives Ms Smith plenty of time. She said on Twitter this morning she was still waiting to be confirmed on the later flight.