How Many People Used The Delta NRA Discount That Was Banned Last Week?

Submitted by: muert 6 months ago in News & Politics


It's gotta be worth the $40 million tax break Delta got last year, right?

Actually, the correct answer is... 13. Thirteen NRA members used their NRA discount

An excerpt from USA Today:

The Georgia legislature removed a jet-fuel tax break from a larger tax package Thursday. Lawmakers were upset that Delta, which is headquartered in Atlanta, dropped the National Rifle Association from a discount-fare program in an effort to appear neutral on gun policy.

After the firestorm, Delta will review all its marketing programs to avoid those that might become political, CEO Ed Bastian announced Friday.

But the airline said only 13 passengers ever bought tickets with an NRA discount. That translates into each discount costing the airline about $3 million in tax breaks.

“We are in the process of a review to end group discounts for any group of a politically divisive nature,” Bastian said in a note to employees.

The legislative flight played out against the Republican primary campaign to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal, who supported the jet-fuel tax break before it was removed.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, one of the primary candidates, gained attention by tweeting Monday that he would kill any tax break for Delta.


There are 27 comments:
Male 777
This is great except it took some perceived insult to the NRA to get the GOP to stop propping up Delta. Now if only they could stick to their conservative roots and stop picking winners and let the free market work the way it should.
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Male 5,116
13 people? And they were praised for standing up to the big, bad NRA as if they had really done something meaningful. 
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Male 899
trimble Considering it cost them $40million, it is not inconsequential.  Had the NRA and the GOP come back with "Oh no, 13 of our members might have to pay $7 more.  Whatever will we do? <insert fart noises>" and ignored them they would have cut the legs off this issue.

Instead the GOP turned around and hit back /way/ harder, which turned it from "symbolic action" to "fighting the power."
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Male 906
muert I thought the end of the tax break was coincidental to the announcement of the NRA discount discontinuation. 
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Male 2,603
This is what happens when you push half the population to far. Delta can't just up and leave, Atlanta is one of the largest and busiest airports in the country, it takes years to build this up and its business depends on it being able to match its flights with other flights of its own and other airlines, to get there passengers where they want to go.
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Male 8,662
casaledana Would you really describe discontinuing a discount "pushing half the population too far"? A discount that only 13--thirteen--people ever bothered to use? If LensCrafters discontinues a 5% discount on frames to AAA members, will they have pushed half the country too far? Would it be an outrage?
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Male 2,603
squrlz4ever  This was a political move on Deltas part. If only 13 people used it than it was of no financial or probably political lose or gain to them and done in an effort to kowtow to the anti gun crowd. The bill is an effort by The Georgia legislature  to show that the use of financial or political force would not be acceptable. 
  As far as I know lenscrafters or AAA have not pushed political motives in there operations. But if LensCrafters decided to bar discounts to AAA members because there core product (car usage) killed more people than guns that would be with in there prerogative, and must be ready to accept any political and financial fall out.  Besides nether the owning of cars or the use of glasses are protected by the Constitution of the United States unlike gun ownership.
  (Side note I realize that squiz4eveer has seen fit to leave this sight and will miss his input and wimsey. But could not, not respond to his response to my thread) 
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Male 899
casaledana What if we frame it a different way.  What if California offered Southwestern a 40million tax break if Southwestern would give a discount to planned parenthood?
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Male 2,603
muert Go for it it's their prerogative. And if you were trying to get my goat because I'm a conservative you missed the mark I'm I'm pro abortion.
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Male 899
casaledana Not trying to bait you with Planned Parenthood.  Mostly juts building an equivalent situation that still pisses me off (Despite my support of Planned Parenthood).
IMO the government shouldn't being spending money to compel other companies to do activism on their behalf.
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Male 9,901
Quite frankly, 99% of NRA members were unaware of this discount offering. Mainly because they don't join NRA for the discounts.

Delta shot itself in the foot by falling for the mania pushed by Soros-funded organizatoins, and in an attempt to 'cleans its halo' managed to give the NRA discount 1000% more publicity that it ever had AND lose millions in tax breaks. 
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Male 1,709
megrendel Most expensive virtue signaling ever.
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Male 5,900
megrendel why do people join the nra. the chicks?
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Female 6,165
rumham I joined because it offers insurance on my firearms, legal representation if something happens that involves me and my firearms, the NRA is my voice politically, and I get a discount on the entrance fee to sponsored gun shows.
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Male 213
melcervini Same here
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Male 4,086
melcervini i just heard about this on last week tonight with john oliver, and im kind of afraid to ask, but you dont watch nra tv do you mel?
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Female 6,165
robthelurker I didn't even know about NRA tv until the other day LOL  I DO follow this guy on facebook/Twitter, because I love his instructional videos, but wasn't aware he had a show because I cut my cable off a while back.
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Male 5,900
melcervini sounds gay
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Male 6,723
megrendel OR Delta could threaten to move their HQ anywhere.  Im sure tons of cities/states would happily give Delta Tax breaks for the promise of X jobs being brought there.

The way municipalities whore themselves out for the promise of companies bringing in new jobs, its a pretty easy ride for corporations these days.
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Male 9,901
daegog OR Delta could threaten to move their HQ anywhere.

Of course they can.

And Georgia would help them pack.
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Male 6,723
megrendel Spoken like a person that doesn't rely on Delta being headquarted in Atlanta for livelihood.  It is amazingly easy to be brave with other peoples jobs.
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Male 1,612
megrendel considering how much Georgia has given delta to keep their HQ there?  Why do you think Atlanta is an airline hub?  It ain't geography
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Male 17,666
punko the tax break represents only about 0.1% of annual profits so it's no big deal. VA and NY are courting DAL, but they won't move because the cost to move would be huge. After all, they just signed a 20 year lease extension two years ago and the break clause would be bonkers expensive.

However.... it may affect Amazon's decision to base their future HQ2 in Atlanta and that would have brought lots of jobs to the city/state, so legislators just shot their state in the foot scoring petty points for their lobbyists.
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6,393
good to know
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Male 1,548
dm2754 Something tells me you don't leave your country very often...
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6,393
doiknowyou no, just once a year but what the hell is your point
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Male 1,548
dm2754 Your general attitude towards others and intolerance to difference whether it be gender, race, culture or creed leave me to believe that you aren't the kind of person who would intentionally want to step out of your comfort zone. That being said, i doubt it would be "good to know" that you were eligible for such a discount...
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