Written by Intern || @micahkimberley
That’s right, you read that correctly…
A New York family who attempted to make their way to Florida for vacation, earned over $11,000 from Delta Airlines on Sunday after not flying with the airline.
According to Consumerist, Delta had to cancel over 3,000 flights last week that continued throughout the weekend due to hazardous storms.
The airline reportedly still has four cancelations and 117 delays, and continues to apologize for these conveniences via Twitter.
However, the numerous amount flight cancelations and delaysresulted in airport pizza parties sponsored by the airline which sufficed for some families, but not for travel editor, Laura Begley Bloom’s.
The editor wrote about her family’s experience in an article for Forbes, but admits she felt guilty for swimming in profit after negotiating with airline.
At first, they weren’t tempted enough to give up their trip to Florida, but when the compensation jumped to $900 a ticket in retail gift cards, she began thinking of taking the option.
They eventually negotiated a price of $1,350 per ticket to give up their seats on the flight — a total of $4,050 — and headed home for the night after rebooking for Saturday.
When they returned Saturday, they found the flight was already delayed and the airline was offering compensation for those willing to give up their seats. The family once again played the waiting game, that is until Delta offered $1,300 per ticket. When you include the $15/each for lunch, and a $50 roundtrip taxi ride, the family made about $4,000 on Saturday alone.
Rebooking for Sunday, however, became a problem. With the family drained, they asked if they could just forgo the trip altogether. This garnered them another $1,000 per person, plus the original cost of the three tickets.
I guess forfeiting a vacation isn’t all that bad when you leave with racks at the end of your attempt.