Delta Will Give Passengers Up To $10,000 To Leave An Overbooked Flight

Delta Airlines is reportedly bumping up the maximum amount it will offer passengers to give up their seats on overbooked flights.
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Delta Will Give Passengers Up To $10,000 To Leave An Overbooked Flight

If your travel plans include getting involuntarily bumped from an overbooked flight, make sure to fly Delta. You could be in for a major payout.

According to a memo obtained by the Associated Press, the airline is letting its employees offer passengers up to nearly $10,000 to vacate their seat on an overbooked flight.

Federal rules already demand that airlines compensate passengers who get bumped from a flight, but the maximum required payout is $1,350.

This rule change is no doubt in response to the storm of criticism United Airlines is weathering for forcibly removing a passenger who didn't want to take the compensation.

Delta actually has the industry's lowest rate of involuntary removal; only about 1 in every 100,000 passengers gets involuntarily bumped.