A 19-year-old aircraft ticket has been honoured by an airline

We’ve all develop into enraged to search out forgotten vouchers at home that are actually outdated, however one man from North Carolina was in luck when he found an airline voucher that was 19 years outdated. John Walker from Greensboro found a United Airlines voucher for $378 in a field beneath his mattress that was issued in March 1999, and was delighted when the airline agreed to honour it.

A buyer was delighted when United Airlines honoured his 19-year-old voucher (stock photograph); Image: Westend61/Getty Images

The voucher was issued after John was unable to take a flight from Nashville to Sacramento in December 1998 for his brother-in-law’s wedding ceremony. He requested a refund from United, and it despatched him a letter saying that though the ticket was non-refundable, the worth may very well be used in the direction of a future flight. John and his spouse and kids then moved home, and the ticket was buried in a field of paperwork that was saved beneath his mattress. He lately uncovered it whereas trying by way of the field for one thing else.

A passenger was turned away from a flight after carrying 10 layers of garments. Image: Julien McRoberts

“Over the years, this box has been under there, and I just never really thought about it,” Walker mentioned in an interview with WFMY News 2. “I put it away because at that point I didn’t have any plans to travel, and I completely forgot about it.” When he learn the print on the ticket, John noticed that it mentioned that “domestic wholly unused non-refundable ticket(s) can forever be applied toward the purchase of another domestic non-refundable ticket, for the customer named on the ticket.”

United Airlines has honoured a 19-year-old travel voucher. Image: United

He bought on to the airline’s customer support division to search out out if “forever” would nonetheless apply after which contacted them on Twitter. The finish end result was that United determined to honour the voucher, though the letter wasn’t legally binding as a result of the airline was absolved of all excellent money owed together with “forever” tickets when it went bankrupt in 2010.

John thinks the gesture was good customer support on its half, and is now fortunately awaiting receipt of his alternative voucher.

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