'Delta Paid Me $11,000 Not To Fly To Florida' [Watch]

New York Post

Getting bumped from an overbooked flight can be inconvenient at best and absolute mayhem at worst, as United Airlines showed this week. But for some travelers, it can potentially mean big bucks.

Such was the case for veteran traveler and media commentator Laura Begley Bloom, who made a cool $11,000 from volunteering to give up her family’s tickets on an overbooked flight from New York City to Florida last Friday.

“This weekend, my family and I profited from Delta’s travel woes — big time. We made $11k,” Bloom wrote for Forbes.

As a travel editor, Bloom admitted she had always “quietly scoffed” at travelers who would give up a seat on a flight in exchange for a voucher.

“Not my thing,” she said.

As you can probably guess, she is now a convert.

The saga unfolded at New York’s LaGuardia Airport after “epic” storm delays prompted Delta Airlines to offer money for volunteers to give up their tickets, with a whopping 60 standby passengers hoping to get a seat.

When the airline offered $900 a ticket in gift cards, Bloom’s husband convinced her to at least consider the offer. She thought a gift card incentive was too low to delay their visit to relatives in Florida, but was open to the idea of negotiating — which they did, for $1,350 cash per ticket, for herself, husband and daughter.

“Somehow, when an airline is offering you and your family $4,050, missing a flight doesn’t seem so bad,” Bloom said.

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