For Allison Preiss, a communications director from Washington who began tweeting Thursday morning from Dulles International Airport after she was asked to deboard, her travel experience ended much better than it began.
She tweeted a play-by-play, even providing a picture of the $10,000 travel credit voucher provided by the airline for bumping her. If nobody bites, they will kick off the lowest fare passenger by pulling them out of the boarding line.
While Preiss may have preferred cash, here are five trips she can now take - at no cost.
People stand in line at a United Airlines counter at LaGuardia Airport in NY. And we all remember what happened on that fateful day in April, after a doctor was dragged off a plane for refusing to give up his seat.
A seat on the plane was broken and nobody had volunteered to get on another flight, a company rep told her. "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".
In response, a United spokesperson released a statement saying it had "issued this voucher per our policy". At first the agent told her she could get a voucher worth $3,000 or $4,000. She wrote on Twitter, "I am going to go INSANE at Pizza Hut".
The airline also tossed in a perk, she said.