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Delta Gifts Employees Travel Passes as Thank You

Delta Gifts Employees Travel Passes as Thank You

Old Nov 24, 20, 9:45 pm
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Delta Gifts Employees Travel Passes as Thank You

All Delta employees are getting two free positive space passes as a holiday thank you. They are transferrable, valid for any destination workdwide and do not expire. Not a cheap thing to do and proves Delta really does have priorities other than just controlling costs.

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/delta...anksgiving.amp
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Old Nov 24, 20, 10:17 pm
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Originally Posted by DLASflyer View Post
All Delta employees are getting two free positive space passes as a holiday thank you. They are transferrable, valid for any destination workdwide and do not expire. Not a cheap thing to do and proves Delta really does have priorities other than just controlling costs.

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/delta...anksgiving.amp
I know someone who works for DL and these tickets do have strict fare class restrictions (like companion certs) so they just canít be used anytime/anywhere. DL has given out some of these before in the past I believe after the NW merger and after the DL HQ server outage outage back in 2016.
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Old Nov 25, 20, 4:23 am
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Originally Posted by DLASflyer View Post
All Delta employees are getting two free positive space passes as a holiday thank you. They are transferrable, valid for any destination workdwide and do not expire. Not a cheap thing to do and proves Delta really does have priorities other than just controlling costs.

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/delta...anksgiving.amp
These really don't "cost" the company anything.
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Old Nov 25, 20, 5:58 am
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Originally Posted by flyerCO View Post
These really don't "cost" the company anything.
A standby ticket costs them little to nothing. A confirmed ticket does in fact reduce inventory and in theory can prevent other revenue from selling that space.
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Old Nov 25, 20, 6:21 am
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Originally Posted by xooz View Post
A standby ticket costs them little to nothing. A confirmed ticket does in fact reduce inventory and in theory can prevent other revenue from selling that space.
However in terms of true "cost" to the company the OP comment was off. Sure they will make an accounting item for this, but it's not actual money they're spending.

It's not as if DL is flying them on a plane they wouldn't otherwise being flying. Plus there's inventory restrictions at that.
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Old Nov 25, 20, 8:40 am
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Originally Posted by xooz View Post
A standby ticket costs them little to nothing. A confirmed ticket does in fact reduce inventory and in theory can prevent other revenue from selling that space.
Inventory that currently sees almost no limits. I mean, it's a gesture sure, but I'd struggle to call it a big gesture.
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Old Nov 25, 20, 9:34 am
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Didn't say it was some magnanimous gesture, just disagreed with the statement that it cost them "nothing".
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Old Nov 25, 20, 9:59 am
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Originally Posted by xooz View Post
Didn't say it was some magnanimous gesture, just disagreed with the statement that it cost them "nothing".
Meh, Iíd sort of equate this to a university offering free classes to its staff memebers. Nice, yeah, but in reality it essentially costs the company nothing. The lights are already on, the professor is already teaching, etc. Likewise, this is basically the same for Delta. The planes are flying, the pilots and FAs are getting paid regardless, the difference is a negligible amount of fuel and the cost of a Niagara and bag of Cheez-its.
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Old Nov 25, 20, 10:04 am
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It's a big gesture since there's no expiration date. They can be used later, when passenger counts and prices are much higher than they currently are. In fact, especially for anyone who travels overseas (or wants to do so), it would be much better to wait until all of the entry restrictions, quarantine requirements, and shutdowns are largely gone.

BTW, the TV news coverage I saw said that the free tickets are for all active employees plus those who have taken voluntary leaves, etc. (but apparently not those who resigned or accepted early retirement packages).
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Nice gesture. I think in better times DL also offers free Thanksgiving dinner to those working on the holiday.
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
It's a big gesture since there's no expiration date. They can be used later, when passenger counts and prices are much higher than they currently are. In fact, especially for anyone who travels overseas (or wants to do so), it would be much better to wait until all of the entry restrictions, quarantine requirements, and shutdowns are largely gone.

BTW, the TV news coverage I saw said that the free tickets are for all active employees plus those who have taken voluntary leaves, etc. (but apparently not those who resigned or accepted early retirement packages).
A nice gesture, yes. However it's not a major cost like OP attributed either.
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A nice gesture, yes. However it's not a major cost like OP attributed either.
Opportunity cost... they're forgoing potentially millions of dollars* in future revenue in an attempt to boost employee morale. Sounds like they're also offering that gift to some of those who have already left the company this year too, which they really didn't have to do.

*Note: Not a hyperbole. Napkin math: assume 50K employees use it and let's say that the average round-trip ticket price cost $300 - that's already $15 million.

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Opportunity cost... they're forgoing potentially millions of dollars* in future revenue in an attempt to boost employee morale. Sounds like they're also offering that gift to some of those who have already left the company this year too, which they really didn't have to do.

*Note: Not a hyperbole. Napkin math: assume 50K employees use it and let's say that the average round-trip ticket price cost $300 - that's already $15 million.
It could be a lot more if people use these tickets for international travel, although presumably they're coach class. It's also two tickets per employee.
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[QUOTE=ab2013;32843945]Nice gesture. I think in better times DL also offers free Thanksgiving dinner to those working on the holiday.[/QUOTE

Every station is different and employees normally have to bring in 90% of the food in our station. Happy Thanksgiving! Stay safe and best wishes to everyone along with your family!

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Old Nov 25, 20, 5:06 pm
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Originally Posted by ab2013 View Post
Opportunity cost... they're forgoing potentially millions of dollars* in future revenue in an attempt to boost employee morale. Sounds like they're also offering that gift to some of those who have already left the company this year too, which they really didn't have to do.

*Note: Not a hyperbole. Napkin math: assume 50K employees use it and let's say that the average round-trip ticket price cost $300 - that's already $15 million.
Absent the plane being full AND someone wanted to buy a ticket they're not missing out on any $. Again, plane takes off, crews get paid, meals get loaded, all regardless of if there's one passenger or 275.

This is unlike a company offering a free item of merchandise, say a TV. There is an actual cost, the cost of the TV. DL pays nothing here and loses nothing except in a very few rare cases.
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