United Airlines Gives All Employees $1,000 Bonus

United Airlines Gives All Employees $1,000 Bonus

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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?

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  1. Dave Guest

    This is not for ALL employees. Flight attendants are not included. Also now there are rules to the bonus like having to have an uploaded vaccination card on file. So flight attendants and those without an uploaded card get nothing. Go figure, let’s look better than we are with what we say.

  2. RAMPLIFE Guest

    I’m a current United employee & yes things were rough during the pandemic & our airline did offer several packages to avoid a furlough such as VPPL, early retirement for those who qualify & Another type of leave. I personally am thankful for that type of sacrifice a lot of my fellow coworkers did to allow us junior employees to keep our jobs. Now as for the vaccine mandate yes it was very crucial not...

    I’m a current United employee & yes things were rough during the pandemic & our airline did offer several packages to avoid a furlough such as VPPL, early retirement for those who qualify & Another type of leave. I personally am thankful for that type of sacrifice a lot of my fellow coworkers did to allow us junior employees to keep our jobs. Now as for the vaccine mandate yes it was very crucial not just for us as employees, but everyone to get the vaccine. I read someone blaming Biden, so let me ask if it were Trump or any other Republican president would you still be blaming the president or are you being politically biased? United worked short handed during the pandemic, we still were seeing many flights come in and out & we struggled planeside to keep these planes from either being delayed out of the gate & receiving aircrafts on arrival. For those who don’t truly understand what goes on planeside, let me give you a little short overview as to what goes on. It all starts with passengers & yes it’s true. Let’s start off with you arriving late to the airport. You may make it through TSA & to your gate on time but you bag still needs time to travel through our conveyors & if it goes to secondary inspection just keep in mind that it may be a while before your bag/bags do get inspected by & then sent back into the system until we receive them. I hear a lot of negatives from people & that goes for all airline passengers how their bag missed the flight & so on. That’s why you show up with enough time to avoid that type of mess. Now you say why don’t we wait for a bag, us a ramp service agent we have a time slot & if by 5 minutes before your departure your bag/bags aren’t off the conveyors there’s a huge possibility that they won’t make it. Every plane has a scheduled time slot to be pushed out of the gates & make it to the taxi way to the runway & that’s controlled by ground & air traffic control. Not the airline. So please keep that in mind for the future oh yes & one last thing if your bag doesn’t make it on the flight we do have a team that tries to find a different flight to place your bag on it & it will either get there before you arrive to your final destination & or a bit later. We do our best. Once again, please do your part to help out on any airline you may fly.

  3. Lilsin505 Guest

    Will this payment be for vendors like UGE United Ground express

  4. Raul Guest

    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.

  5. John Guest

    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.

  6. Paul Guest

    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.

    1. Jorge Guest

      On what date will this bonus will be given

  7. Bill Guest

    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.

  8. JetSetGo Guest

    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.

  9. Eric Guest

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

    1. Trolly Dolly Guest

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

  10. Eric Guest

    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.

  11. A.G. Guest

    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

  12. Leo Guam Guest

    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!

  13. D3kingg Guest

    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 Guest

      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 Guest

      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

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John Guest

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.

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Dave Guest

This is not for ALL employees. Flight attendants are not included. Also now there are rules to the bonus like having to have an uploaded vaccination card on file. So flight attendants and those without an uploaded card get nothing. Go figure, let’s look better than we are with what we say.

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Jorge Guest

On what date will this bonus will be given

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