Potential Shenanigans to honor a MM flyer

Old Aug 20, 13, 10:12 pm
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And I think its great that Delta recognized this guy. Im sure if someone was bumped from 1st class to accommodate this guy, they were compensated. More than likely just someone who was going to get a free upgrade anyway.
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Old Aug 20, 13, 10:19 pm
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Originally Posted by Delta Points View Post
Thanks but not me really on this one. I may have had 5% input but this is all Delta doing it right. I have not, other than MR board, been part of FT anymore and 1/2 of the comment here make me want to get an air sickness bag out and fill it! The other 1/2 make me proud of FF'ers. I commented on the post that I would at anytime as a DM (and should make double DM this year) give up my upgrade, if a fellow flyer, after 18 years of flying, for a MM crossing 1MM first time. I would also for anyone making 2MM or 3MM and on and on. That is way to much time in any class of seat not to get a perk for that day. On my last flight from AMS to DTW I had a great seat in biz and took the worst one on a 777 as the head purser, who I knew well, asked me to move for a MMer. I could have said go pound sand but was happy to move (still in biz but still) as I care about Delta. I wish more of the "Angry's" did as well.
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Old Aug 20, 13, 11:42 pm
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Do not equate Discretionary Authority with a Shenanigan

I believe that there are rules for a reason. And then reason is applied to rules.

There are waivers, exemptions, and variances that are allowed for "good cause." I believe that this was a "good cause" and that C.E. Woolman would have been proud of the extraordinary service afforded by his Staff for this achievement. I only wish that they would do it routinely because it matters to the loyal client and it should matter even more to DL; fixing that recognition event is probably higher on the priority list than fixing the award calendar problems, but I digress.

It certainly would have been my pleasure to honor a newly minted 1MM at the expense of an upgrade; in the scheme of things, I found that one of many doesn't matter all that much, but one of a rare few may. On many occasions I happily gave my "rightful" upgrade to others fighting for a noble cause (those in service for our country). Whether it is the soldier's last comfortable seat before going into theater or her/his first coming back, the DL crew routinely overlooked my clear violation of the DL upgrade rules. Did someone not get upgraded because I gave mine away? If so, who cared that much to complain? Furthermore, who had the audacity?

Good luck to the 1MMs in their quest for 2MM. Elite Plus for "life" (at least annually) is sweet (it was a goal before I retired), but I do miss being a DM when I do have to travel. Just cut the DL crew some slack when it comes to recognizing loyalty. They understand that individual Kettles do not bring in enough revenue to make the operation profitable. FOs, GMs, PMs, DMs, and MMs matter to them as much as it matters to us; if only Virginia Avenue thought the same way . . .
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Old Aug 21, 13, 1:15 am
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Originally Posted by GRALISTAIR View Post
Well I think it is great and I would have given up my upgrade for him.
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Old Aug 21, 13, 5:31 am
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Originally Posted by RFDMinnesota View Post
And If you get mad about missing an ATL-TPA UG I feel zero sympathy for you. I'm sure you can handle the little hop in your free EC seat
Don't feel sorry, you are missing the point... I know people who do nothing but TPA - ATL flghts and then catch TATL/TPAC flights and/or TPA - ATL flights then barbie jets and don't see any upgrades... A friend (DM) did TPA - ATL - BAL RT last week and got upgraded on one leg out of four Pretty much the story for PM and often DM in TPA...

Originally Posted by readywhenyouare View Post
Only one upgrade per year? Something is very wrong if a PM is only getting upgraded once a year. I've only missed six upgrades (out of 48 flights) this entire year. I'll hit PM next month but I'm not sure I want it if my upgrade % goes out the window.
Oops... Two upgrades so far this year and they were both on the (occasional) ATL-JFK legs of a TATL flight back in March.... I haven't gotten any on the TPA - ATL flights. I have done about 25 or so TPA - ATL this year. I flew next to a DM last Thursday and she said that she gets about 20 - 25 percent on the ATL - TPA legs. She does that route weekly...

Please don't feel that I am against someone getting an upgrade when they hit MM, but just think that it should be part of a published benefit that everybody gets....
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Old Aug 21, 13, 7:36 am
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Hard for me to feel sorry for some DM possibly missing out on an UG that was given as an "unpublished benefit" to this MMer crossing the milestone when DMs get unpublished benefits all the time - perhaps benefits that have cost me an upgrade or two over the years where they might not have otherwise been on my flight had some agent not "bent the rules" for them due to their being a DM.
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Old Aug 21, 13, 7:51 am
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Originally Posted by readywhenyouare View Post
Only one upgrade per year? Something is very wrong if a PM is only getting upgraded once a year. I've only missed six upgrades (out of 48 flights) this entire year. I'll hit PM next month but I'm not sure I want it if my upgrade % goes out the window.
I was thinking the same thing. I'm on the ATL-TPA-ATL about 5-10 times a year and never missed an UG (maybe once in an IROP). But I book these months in advance, so maybe that gives me a leg-up. So to speak
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Old Aug 21, 13, 8:09 am
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as very well stated by BravoZulu,

the sign of REAL customer service is to be able to have employees in place to make discretionary decisions for high value customers.

Those who call foul on such a concept, usually have no REAL idea of what customer service is.

Customer service, is not a computer making all the decisions, and the employees responding as robots.

It's all about human connection and decision making. Yes, perhaps, a percentage of the decisions might be suspect; I still rather see a corporate culture where people operate with their brains, instead of just referring the manual.

In my own business, I've done some mega-crazy things for high value customers; and that's what has kept them loyal (and less price sensitive) to my services.

In my "leisure world," that's the way the entire casino compensation scheme works. Actually, I give casinos much credit in this regard, since every customer is assigned a value (and a 6 month value, and a lifetime value).
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Old Aug 21, 13, 8:18 am
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Old Aug 21, 13, 8:30 am
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Originally Posted by localady View Post

Please don't feel that I am against someone getting an upgrade when they hit MM, but just think that it should be part of a published benefit that everybody gets....
I dislike Shena as much as the next person, but I'm pretty astonished by this attitude. Do you see no feel-good aspect to this story? Not just for the person who unexpectedly got the UG, but also for the DL staff who put it together. And you would prefer this be yet another entitlement that DL staff will do by training rather than good will and people will complain about if it doesn't happen?
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Old Aug 21, 13, 8:39 am
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Wish I had thought of this before my flight last Sunday when I finally hit the 1MM mark!
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Old Aug 21, 13, 10:42 am
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Now everyone's going to be tweeting Delta and doing this and that to make their 1MM experience special... and some will be given more special treatment than others... and those who feel slighted will come here to complain that they didn't get what they feel they deserved...
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Old Aug 21, 13, 10:49 am
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Originally Posted by biostatistician View Post
Now everyone's going to be tweeting Delta and doing this and that to make their 1MM experience special... and some will be given more special treatment than others... and those who feel slighted will come here to complain that they didn't get what they feel they deserved...

Time to start the The Definitive "I Just Reached MM on DL and All I Got Was..." thread.
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Old Aug 21, 13, 11:04 am
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Originally Posted by plagwate View Post
Time to start the The Definitive "I Just Reached MM on DL and All I Got Was..." thread.
I got to MM 14-15 years ago and all I got was a lousy Hartmann portfolio and some pre-printed MM stationery.
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Old Aug 21, 13, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Singleflyer View Post
I agree 100% with your statement.

I also feel cheated that nothing special took place when I hit a million miles, but then again I keep a low profile and did not announce it to Delta assist.
Same for me at 1mm, 2mm and 3mm.
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