After grounding hundreds of flights to and from Minneapolis-St.Paul Airport, Delta Airlines has announced that, in lieu of cash, it will be refunding passengers with gift cards to Chili’s Grill and Bar.
“It pains us to cancel flights,” says Delta spokesperson Gabe Dente in a statement, “and we know it is painful for our passengers, many of whom can no longer visit their loved ones. But nothing soothes the pain of loneliness like an extra large Berry Blitzen ‘Rita® (not available at all locations)”.
Despite being one of the largest, most profitable airlines in the nation, Delta described the promotion of the Tex-Mex restaurant chain as a “win-win-win”.
“It’s a win for customers, who will be walking away with a sizzling plate of Mushroom Jack Chicken Fajitas®. And it is a win for Chili’s, a local small business who needs support more than ever” continued Dente. “And it just so happens to save us a shitload of money.”
Delta has indicated that members of it’s Skymiles program will receive gift cards with value up to $50, while regular customers will receive vouchers enough to buy a serving of Southwestern Egg Rolls®.
“We are grateful for loyalty of Skymiles members, who consistently travel with us,” added Dente, “And we think a free Beef Bacon Ranch Quesadilla® with a side of Loaded Mashed Potatoes® really sends that message of gratitude home.”
The move clearly made waves among Delta’s competitors. Within hours of Delta’s announcement, American Airlines announced it would be refunding it’s passengers with Denny’s gift cards. Meanwhile, Spirit announced any customer seeking a refund would receive a complimentary, “kick in the balls”.