Delta Offers Up to $9,950 for Passengers Willing to Give Up Seats
You can now get almost $10,000 compensation if you are willing to give up your seat on your Delta flight.
This was a response from Delta Airlines over an overbooked scandal that happened earlier this week at United Airlines. Because of the incident where police officials violently dragged the 69-year-old Dr. David Dao off the aircraft due to an overbooked flight, United has lost $1 billion in cash the day after the outrage. This incident not only affected United alone, but the entire US airlines as well. Seeing the consequences and the negative response from people worldwide, airlines are now changing their policies and reviewing its compensation plans.
However, Delta Airlines managed to announce their new compensation policies over voluntary bumping much earlier than any other US airlines. Now, Delta gate employees can offer up to $2,000 (previously $800), and supervisor can offer up to $9,950 (previously $1,350) in exchange for seats.
Delta has always been the top-paying airlines when it comes to voluntary bumping off flights and return, the said airlines got more willing travelers to give up their seats. It also has the least angered passengers among all US airlines when it comes to giving up flights against their will.
Overbooked flights happen due to overselling of tickets. Airlines officials say they needed to do it because there are passengers who don’t show up and there would be empty seats. Worst of all, this act is legal and airlines would just offer compensation in case of forced bumping.
However, because of the dragging incident at United, United Continental Chairman Robert Milton said: “We need to use this regrettable event as a defining moment and pivot off it to craft friendly policies.”
And as a result of the scandalous incident at a United flight, it led to the attention of consumers and politicians to ban or suspend overbooking.
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