delta747tlv wrote:jumbojet wrote:Looks like DL is charging its own employees to fly on one of these farewell flights. At a discount and all proceeds go to charity. United didn't do that. United had a bidding process but didn't charge. Thoughts on this?
New process announced today, seats will be distributed to active employees and retirees through an expression of interest.
That almost seems like a bigger slap in the face to me than making employees pay for the employee appreciation flights. Sorry, but if you announce to me that I can buy a confirmed seat at this time on this day, I damn well expect the company to follow through on that. Expression of interest? What kind of garbage is that? Who wouldn't put in an expression of interest, and how will hey decide who has the most "interest"? I sense that there will be a lot of upset employees/retirees over this.
Honestly, in my opinion, I think doing it solely by either random selection (which, let's be honest... That is what expression of interest will end up being. Oh, and they'll still have to purchase them) or having employees purchase on a certain date is wrong. I believe for the final flight/flights they should have reserved a number of seats to give away for their "expression of interest" employees. And the rest of them could have been sold to employees who didn't want to risk the expression of interest. That way, you don't shut people out who really want to get on it.
I know the OP will throw a fit for me even mentioning United in his thread, but that is what United dd. For their employee hub tour, they gave away, for free, seats on a special farewell flight at each hub to lucky employees. For the final flight, they gave away 50 seats to lucky employees. The rest of the seats were open to anyone to purchase any way they wanted to. Employees could use their employee discount and get a confirmed seat, customers could buy a seat with miles or cash. Plus, they also had a few miles auctions for people wanting to do it that way as well. My point is, they didn't limit it to one way of getting on the flight. It was truly open to anyone before selkling out. I just think Delta should have done something a little more inclusive to both their customers and also their employees.