A couple of our posts earned significant attention from people we deduce are Delta employees — or other airline employees.
Last week, René wrote a great post called “Possible Unintended Consequences of Delta Flight Attendants Getting Paid During Boarding Time.” He talked about Delta’s recent decision to pay flight attendants for the time spent while passengers board their planes. From a Medallion status holder standpoint, he addressed upgrades and pre-departure beverages.
Another post discussed non-revenue passengers (i.e., airline employees, their families, etc.) sitting in premium cabins when using their flight benefits. A reader flying an international trip on Delta wondered who all the standby passengers were that received Delta One seat assignments. After all, those seats aren’t available for complimentary upgrades (unless using Global Upgrade Certificates).
In that post, I recalled a trip during which a friend and I traveled from London Heathrow to Portland and sat in Comfort+. I asked one of the flight attendants if there were any empty Delta One seats — and, if so, what the chances were a Diamond Medallion (me) and his friend could sit in them once the door closed. She graciously played along and informed us that non-revs would occupy the unsold Delta One seats. Great. At least someone got to enjoy them! End of story.
(In the next paragraph, I wrote the flippant remark, “Who’s more deserving of Delta One upgrades: paying passengers or non-revs?” I’m sorry and appreciate the insight several people shared.)
People weighed in on both posts. And we love it when people respectfully contribute to the Comments sections and add their perspectives.
But both posts drew some passionate comments about elite status holders.
Here are some of the more memorable comments we received.
Someone by the name of “Anti-Entitled jags” said,
Interesting how you end with your snarky comment questioning whether or not employees of their own company deserve a perk of working for said company. I’d ask how many of your diamond and platinums have your status thanks to your company paying for your ticket (or reimbursing you) and allowing you to keep your miles. That’s the perk of your job, like getting a D1 seat that hasn’t been paid for is a perk of their job. You want that perk, go work for an airline and stop looking down on people who think are “less than” you. you guys are such entitled jags.
EntitledSOBs told us:
The entitlement I’m reading here is truly appalling lol. Bitching about free upgrades? Woof. No wonder this country is in the [toilet].
Someone using that same email address posed as “DumDumbPassengers” said:
I honestly wonder what goes through the general public’s head when I see [stuff] like this… that’s the dumbest take. And you know, when an aircraft is at the gate, it doesn’t mean that the crew is on it…you know that, right? Or do you think the crew just lives, breathes, eats and [poops] on the plane 24/7?
How about worry about your own seat, mind your business, and enjoy your flight! Platinum Stallion Medallion Scallion status means nothing in real life! Get over yourself.
I would consider if I were you not letting everyone on a flight know you are a medallion member because at the end of the day nobody really cares…
Derrik Johnson said,
None of you know anything. So much false information being spread.
Unfortunately, Derrik didn’t tell us which alleged false information is being spread.
Paco is buying the next round.
Non revs deserved you cry baby medallion holder. Next time I’ll make sure to send you drink from delta one
Virginia W (a former F/A) helpfully explained how flight benefits work — then offered this parting message:
I’m sorry if it angered you to see me — an undeserving peasant — sitting a seat that otherwise would have been empty.
Tj tell us:
Most medallion flyers are so insufferable.
You people are something else. I’ve seen some fits thrown when you don’t get your upgrade – something you haven’t even paid for. And… y’all stand right at that gate like you’re waiting to be fed.
We also received plenty of direct messages on social media and emails. To be fair, several other commenters said they work for Delta and appreciate Medallion members.
Please Tell Us: How Can Elite Flyers Be Better?
In the genuine interest of making travel a more pleasant experience for passengers and airline employees, I’d love to know what is so horrible about elite status holders.
For real. I’m not being snarky or challenging anyone to an argument.
Maybe some people annoy flight attendants or gate agents — but honestly don’t realize it. Their behavior and actions need to be pointed out.
Sure, some jerks think they’re better than everyone else. But that’s not limited to frequent flyers; we find them in everyday life. So, not everyone can necessarily be “cured.”
But would you please share some examples of specific behavior or actions of elite status members that indeed are problematic?
Calling people names and saying stuff like, “You’re all entitled brats who don’t pay for anything,” isn’t helpful. But offering something along the lines of, “I wish elites would realize…” could be.
I hope some airline employees share constructive criticism or suggestions — and readers take those comments to heart.
Please share in the Comments section below.
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