Delta is taking advantage of United Airline’s awful publicity right now by announcing that the company is giving airport employees permission to offer passengers up to almost $10,000 in compensation to give up their seats on overbooked flights.
In an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press, Delta says gate agents can now offer up to $2,000 in compensation, up from a previous maximum of $800, and supervisors can offer up to $9,950, up from $1,350.
via ABC News:
Last year Delta got more passengers to give up their seats than any other U.S. airline, partly by paying more than most of the others.
As a result, it had the lowest rate among the largest U.S. airlines of bumping people off flights against their will — something that is legal but alienates customers and requires the airline to pay compensation of up to $1,350 per person.
Overselling flights is a fact of life in the airline business. Industry officials say that it is necessary because some passengers don’t show up, and that overbooking keeps fares down by reducing the number of empty seats.
How many of y’all are about to start buying up cheap flight tickets in HOPES of being asked to give up your seat?