We all know that airlines are notorious for overbooking flights without enough seats for passengers.
And while they are typically able to get away with it by offering breadcrumb “travel vouchers” to guests – this time they were forced to pay a steeper price.
In a desperate last-minute attempt to get people to their destination, Delta flight attendants were begging passengers to give up their seats and offering $10,000 if they agreed – just wait until you hear the insane details.
You know things are bad in the travel industry when airlines are so desperate to have guests make their flight that they’ve resorted to offering $10,000 for fellow travelers to deboard.
Yes, you read that right…
… TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Passengers report that while waiting for their Delta flight to take off from Michigan to Minnesota – Delta flight attendants suddenly announced they were looking for volunteers to give up their seats – and that they’d be offered $10,000 to do so.
Jason Aten was one of the travelers that day who heard the offer – and while he didn’t end up taking it – he shared his firsthand account.
“On a recent Delta Air Lines flight, my family and I were traveling to Minneapolis to catch a flight to Alaska. As we sat on the plane waiting to leave the gate, the announcement overhead explained that the flight was apparently oversold and they were looking for eight volunteers.
In exchange for their seats, Delta was offering $10,000 cash. “If you have Apple Pay, you’ll even have the money right now,” the flight attendant said.”
Talk about insanity!
Apparently, flight attendants first offered $5,000 – but then upped the ante to a whopping $10,000.
We know travel is already bad… but if the airlines are so screwed up that they’re forced to offer $10,000 to eight seated guests each because they overbooked the flight – it sounds like someone needs to take over business operations.
Even though travelers have shown they are back with a vengeance – the airlines just can’t seem to get their act together.
We’ve seen airlines resort to other drastic measures due to poor planning – like actually removing seats from their planes or flying empty flights hoping to control the number of people at the airport.
In the past, we’ve given tips on what to do if you’ve missed your connecting flight or find yourself stranded at the airport – but what was once seen as an “unlucky day” of flying has now become common practice.
In today’s current travel reality – if passengers can actually catch their connecting flights or make it to and from their destination without delay, it’s applauded as something great – when it should be a guarantee.
Yes – the bar is really that low.
But hey – if airlines are going to fork over $10k per ticket for not being able to manage their own flights – we’ll take it.
What are your thoughts on Delta reportedly offering $10k to passengers to give up their seat?
Would you take the $10k if it was offered to you?
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