The Alec Baldwin story comes to us from the New York Daily News so it’s a bit hyperbolic.
The lead is that Baldwin “was bumped to coach on a red-eye home from Sundance” although reading the story he appears to have had a first class ticket but he changed flights onto one without any first class seats available.
Baldwin had been booked on a Delta flight out of Salt Lake City International Airport to Kennedy with his pregnant wife Hilaria, and their 16-month-old baby, Carmen. But according to a source on the flight, the family – who were weighed down with lots of Louis Vuitton luggage – switched flights last minute and ran into problems.
Apparently Baldwin is not a fan of Delta’s revenue management procedures.
So he and Hilaria and the baby moved back to coach. He was pissed and was overheard saying he will never fly Delta again.
United tends to fill their first class cabin before upgrades are handled at the gate, whereas American tends to hold back first class seats. As an American flyer and a top tier elite I like this because it means when I waind up changing flights such as due to irregular operations I still frequently wind up upgraded.
The former Capital One pitchman may not have been pleased but his famous temper didn’t boil over. He flew coach overnight from Salt Lake to New York and lived to tell the tale.
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