United Airlines Gives All Employees $1,000 Bonus

United Airlines Gives All Employees $1,000 Bonus

14

This is a pleasant surprise for United Airlines employees…

United Airlines thanks employees with bonus

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby has this week announced that all active employees will receive a $1,000 bonus on their paycheck next month. This is intended to thank team members for their hard work during the pandemic.

Not only is this an awesome gesture, but $1,000 will make a big difference for many people. Maybe not a huge difference for a captain making $300K per year, but for some employees this could be a couple of weeks worth of pay.

United has over 80,000 employees, so that’s a minimum of $80 million in bonus payments. I guess those airline bailout funds have to be spent somehow. 😉

United’s in a good spot right now

As I’ve written about before, I’ve been impressed by United CEO Scott Kirby. I never thought I’d say that based on his time as Doug Parker’s right-hand man at American Airlines, US Airways, and America West, but he has taken a different approach at United, and has proven himself.

In particular:

  • At this point United is well positioned in terms of employee vaccination, which is proving a huge issue at other airlines
  • In the past several months, we’ve seen operational meltdowns at American, Delta, Southwest, and Spirit, though United’s operations have been incredibly stable, despite how short staffed airlines are
  • We’ve seen rumblings that some employees at American and Southwest will disrupt holiday travel to protest the vaccine mandate, so for those airlines the worst may still be ahead of them when it comes to operational issues; that’s not a problem at United anymore

While I think Kirby is doing a lot of the right things, I still think United’s biggest weakness is the general service culture. There’s no consistency to service at United, and employees range from great to awful. I wonder if these gestures, along with United generally not having quite the division we’re seeing at other airlines right now, could positively impact that in the long-run.

Bottom line

United Airlines is giving all employees a $1,000 bonus, to thank them for their hard work. This is a lovely gesture, and it’s quite a contrast to the general state of relations between management and employees at other airlines. Here’s to hoping that this continues to lead to an improved service culture at United.

What do you make of United’s bonus payment to employees, and the general service culture at the airline?

Conversations (14)
Newest comments are displayed first.

The comments on this page have not been provided, reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any advertiser, and it is not an advertiser's responsibility to ensure posts and/or questions are answered.

Type your response here.

If you'd like to participate in the discussion, please adhere to our commenting guidelines. Anyone can comment, and your email address will not be published. Register to save your unique username and earn special OMAAT reputation perks!

  1. Raul

    Yea, only if you're vaccinated. Not right I worked through almost the entire pandemic until March of this year when I took a package to leave and I'm sure I won't be included in that bonus although I worked almost the entire pandemic.

  2. John

    Recently retired after 32 years with Continental than United. While United has many outstanding employees, it has way too many marginal employees and supervisors who are clueless and could care less about running a world class customer friendly airline.

  3. Paul

    So we’re giving employees a bonus as thanks during this tough past year but you’re fired if you don’t get the shot. Talk about hypocrisy. Plus the pilots got a $3,500 incentive to get the shot.

  4. Bill

    Now we know where some of OUR BILLIONS are going. Now about those BILLIONS at WN and AA to retain staff for the return of air travel.

  5. JetSetGo

    Flew from west coast to Chicago recently and crew couldn’t have been nicer. Was extremely surprised how nice they were actually. Then flew from Chicago to Reykjavik. Got the typical United staff that we all knew so well…. Somewhat bitchy.

    With that said, I’m glad United is on the up and up while American and Southwest…, not so much. I feel this thousand dollar while probably peanuts for the readers of this blog, will...

    Flew from west coast to Chicago recently and crew couldn’t have been nicer. Was extremely surprised how nice they were actually. Then flew from Chicago to Reykjavik. Got the typical United staff that we all knew so well…. Somewhat bitchy.

    With that said, I’m glad United is on the up and up while American and Southwest…, not so much. I feel this thousand dollar while probably peanuts for the readers of this blog, will go a long way for the staff at United… a morale boost if you will. I’m much more incline to take United vs AA/ Southwest going forward.

  6. Eric

    Why!? Should be only for those who got vaccinated.

    1. Trolly Dolly

      with UA's "get jabbed or else" mandate, only the vaccinated remain to collect

  7. Eric

    Is United still at 80,000 employees? Thought they had downsized a bit because of the pandemic. Forget the timeline on that vis-a-vis the payroll support, etc.

  8. A.G.

    Being a player for the competition I think the $1000 bonus that might be quaint to some is actually the gesture the rest of the industry can take an example from. I applaud united on two fronts, having the backbone to mandate vaccination but also taking the time, while still in a recovery period, to appreciate the sacrifices and effort their agents have put forth, bravo to united

  9. Leo Guam

    IME, there’s been a noticeable improvement in cabin crew service at United.

    United isn’t the best at everything, but over COVID they’ve certainly been the best at acknowledging shortcomings and improving on them.

    Delta entered COVID in a position of strength, whereas United had the strongest unions and largest reliance on international flying.

    They might not have surpassed Delta, but they’re certainly on track. Bravo United!

  10. D3kingg

    We’ve seen rumblings that some employees at American and Southwest will disrupt holiday travel to protest the vaccine mandate, so for those airlines the worst may still be ahead of them when it comes to operational issues;

    No. Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate is what is disrupting the airline industry. The guy doesn’t even know what day it is.

    1. Kyle

      Lol a lot of other countries and other airlines domestically are handling it well

      Don’t like it? Fly lol catch up with the rest of the world buddy

    2. UA-NYC

      Yeah, it's definitely Biden's sensible mandate, and not AA/SW over-extending themselves w/scheduling and not enough pilots to fly that's the issue.

      #rightwinglogic

Featured Comments Load all 14 comments Most helpful comments ( as chosen by the OMAAT community ).

The comments on this page have not been provided, reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any advertiser, and it is not an advertiser's responsibility to ensure posts and/or questions are answered.

Raul

Yea, only if you're vaccinated. Not right I worked through almost the entire pandemic until March of this year when I took a package to leave and I'm sure I won't be included in that bonus although I worked almost the entire pandemic.

John

Recently retired after 32 years with Continental than United. While United has many outstanding employees, it has way too many marginal employees and supervisors who are clueless and could care less about running a world class customer friendly airline.

Paul

So we’re giving employees a bonus as thanks during this tough past year but you’re fired if you don’t get the shot. Talk about hypocrisy. Plus the pilots got a $3,500 incentive to get the shot.

Meet Ben Schlappig, OMAAT Founder
4,523,713 Miles Traveled

25,807,500 Words Written

28,675 Posts Published

Keep Exploring OMAAT