United Airlines is considering a program that pays passengers to give up their booked seats so that the carrier can resell them for a higher price to other fliers.
The Chicago-based carrier is talking with Volantio, an Atlanta-based revenue optimizing company that is looking to work on similar projects with Alaska Airlines, Qantas and Tiger Airways, an Australia-based low-cost carrier.
United Airlines representatives say the carrier has been weighing the money-making idea, to be called the Flex-Schedule Program, since the beginning of the year. They say it has nothing to do with the controversy that erupted in April when a passenger was injured while being dragged from
A United Airlines jet taxis at O'Hare International Airport.