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

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 woman has revealed how she nabbed thousands of pounds for her flightCredit: Instagram/@megkeav
She had booked the Delta flight from New York to Florida for $300


She had booked the Delta flight from New York to Florida for $300Credit: Reuters

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.

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.

The New Yorker said she held out to get the big cash amount with her boyfriend


The New Yorker said she held out to get the big cash amount with her boyfriendCredit: Instagram/@megkeav
Megan said that she easily made another flight to her destination


Megan said that she easily made another flight to her destinationCredit: Instagram/@megkeav

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

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