A TRAVELER has revealed how she got $2,400 just for waiting at the airport.
The traveler turned to TikTok after she and her friend were each paid over a thousand dollars for spending four more hours at the airport than originally planned.
While the travelers enjoyed their Starbucks drinks VideoText appeared on the screen that read, “POV: When you and your best friend give up your seats on the plane for $1,200 each.”
The TikToker Jazmonaee (@jazmonaeee), continued, “And all you have to do is stay at the airport for another 4 hours.”
“A win is a win,” Jazmonaee wrote in the video’s caption.
One way for travelers to get big bucks back at the airport is through delays.
While delays on a trip are usually seen as a setback, travelers can end up with a lot of cash in their wallets.
According to the law, the compensation rate airlines pay travelers ranges from $775 to $1,550. TIME reported in 2022.
This number may vary depending on the passenger’s ticket price and the length of the delay, depending on the point of sale.
Jazmonaee viewers were impressed with the deal she got and agreed it was a brilliant move.
“I probably got to my destination just in time for check-in anyway. Smart ladies,” wrote one TikTok user.
Another wrote: “Anytime they offer a good incentive I release the spot FAST. My house has no legs. It will be there when I come back.”
“Yes. I’m a professional seat giver,” chimed in a third.
Get the best bang for your buck
When a flight is overbooked, airlines may offer passengers the option to give up their seats for cash.
Willis Orlando, a senior flight expert at Scott’s Cheap Flights, shared some negotiating tips when it comes to getting kicked out of a flight.
If a gate agent or flight attendant offers passengers money for their seats, make sure you express interest quickly. However, that doesn’t mean you accept the airline’s launch offer.
“If you are flexible and want to put extra money in your pocket […] Run to the front and ask them what the last person gets,” Orlando said CNBC. “It’s always the sweetest offer.”
When you change your flight, Orlando says airlines are often willing to let you select a premium seat or area on the plane if you ask.
“They want guaranteed numbers […] almost no matter what,” Orlando said. “If you volunteer to get out, the bargaining ball is yours.”