Delta passengers who give up seats can get up to $9950

Troy Powers
April 15, 2017

United Airlines, now experiencing a public relations disaster following a viral video that showed a passenger being violently removed from one of its flights, is reviewing its own procedures with an announcement of proposed changes expected before April 30.

It looks like Delta has seen what happened with United Airlines' overbooked passenger fiasco and is making some serious changes to its compensation policies - serious as in way more cash monies to entice volunteers to give up their seats on oversold flights. Dao had refused to leave his seat after he was randomly selected to be bumped from the flight so United could provide seats to a flight crew deadheading to Louisville.

None would describe their limits on paying passengers.

When flights are overbooked, the airlines generally conduct auctions to get passengers to give up their seats voluntarily.

Does this mean that passengers will actually received higher compensation when they are bumped from flights on Delta or other airlines?

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"United must be measured by more than this one incident on a single United Express flight", says the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) United master executive council in a statement on 13 April.

"In light of recent events, American has updated its conditions of carriage, which states that we will not involuntarily remove a revenue passenger, who has already boarded, in order to give a seat to another passenger", Feinstein said. United CEO Oscar Munoz has apologized and the airline expects to complete its review by the end of the month. On Friday, company Chairman Robert Milton said the board supported Munoz. But the memo that Delta sent its workers reinforced the company's priority for reaching an agreement with passengers voluntarily over missing a flight, rather than involuntarily denying boarding.

In an internal memo, Delta says gate agents can offer up to $2,000 in compensation, up from a previous maximum of $800, and supervisors can offer up to $9,950, up from $1,350.

The almost five-figure compensation plan at Delta sounds generous, but tickets occasionally get that pricey.

After the incident in Chicago, critics questioned why United didn't offer more when no passengers accepted the airline's $800 offer for volunteers to give up their seats.