United Airlines Ups the Ante to Entice More Crew to Exit Early

By Kurt Stolz on 17 June 2020
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United Airlines sweetened its offer to flight attendants as it attempted to get more of them to sign up for its voluntary exit packages amidst a significant downturn in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The airline notified employees of the better offer in a memorandum to employees that was reviewed by Frequent Business Traveler.

The airline also extended the deadline, which originally was June 18, 2020.

“While we’re seeing some glimmers of hope in the number of customers traveling, we know that we are still a very long way from returning to where demand was at the end of 2019,” the airline said in the memo.

The airline said that, while “thousand” have signed up, more were needed in order to avoid involuntary layoffs.

The improved offer would include a $1,500 health credit for each year worked, with a maximum of $45,000. The credit could be used to pay for various healthcare-related costs.  It was in addition to a variety of benefits including medical, retirement, and travel, that would be made available to volunteers.

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