10 Passengers Involuntarily Downgraded from Delta One to Coach?

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Delta Air Lines downgraded nearly a dozen passengers from Delta One to coach on a recent New York-JFK to Los Angeles (LAX) flight. Why and how did this happen — and what was the ultimate end-up?

Plus, Southwest Airlines is giving its pilots bonuses—days after the carrier’s union called for a strike.Those are some the day’s travel headlines I thought you, too, may find interesting.

Downgraded from Delta One to Coach

If you want first class, you should buy first class, right?

That’s what fellow Boarding Area blogger Takeoff to Travel did. He purchased a Delta One seat for a flight from JFK to LAX.

Except Delta downgraded him to coach.

Delta refunded him the difference between his Delta One ticket and a Main Cabin fare. They also offered him SkyMiles or an eCredit. What I found especially interesting is this: “It’s in line with what people on Reddit have shared with similar experiences to mine. Looks like Delta downgrades people quite often…yikes.”

A Southwest Airlines 737-700 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
A Southwest Airlines 737-700 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Here’s $4,500. Let’s Maybe Forget That Little Strike Authorization Vote?

Last week, Southwest’s pilots union called for a strike authorization vote to take place in May.

A few days later, Southwest apparently dished out $45 million to the union — a seemingly goodwill gesture for all the inconvenience of that pesky meltdown the airline suffered late last year.

I’m not saying Southwest is trying to encourage its pilots not to strike. (I don’t think $4,500 would make a darn bit of difference, especially in a negotiation that’s been going on for three years.) And as CNN reported, “The airline said it will also compensate other employee groups who worked through the period, although it did not immediately identify which employees or how much they’ll receive.”

But $45 million is a heck of a goodwill gesture — in addition to other compensation the pilots reportedly already received.

Star Wars Hotel is Cutting Prices

SFGATE’s Katie Dowd says Disney’s Star Wars hotel is chopping its rates after opening last year. I guess $5,000 a stay is a little rich for some people’s tastes.

“The Starcruiser is a luxury cruise ship in space, which means guest rooms are tiny and there are no windows to the outside world,” Ms. Dowd writes. “Some referred to the hotel as a ‘windowless bunker.’”

And people don’t want to pay five large for such accommodations?! Imagine that. (Given this is a “cruise ship in space,” I wonder if I could review it for Frequent Floaters?)

Elsewhere

Something tells me this is more than a rumor. MGM-Hyatt Status Match Could End Later This Year.

It’s going to get ugly at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) on Wednesday.

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