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Have you flown American Airlines recently? Then you’ll know that they’re constantly hawking credit card applications inflight. It’s not uncommon to hear the offer upwards of four times during the flight, but you may wonder why.
Well, American Airlines Flight Attendants receive a $75 referral bonus until January 31, 2019 for anyone they can sign-up for the AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard during flight. We’re told that there is no limit to the amount you can earn with the new AAdvantage Cash program.
Additionally, there’s even a bonus tier for flight attendants as follows: 0-9 approvals: $0, 10-24 approvals: $20 each, 25+ approvals: $40 each
It’s an interesting philosophy to have flight attendants really pitching credit cards. After all, they’re supposedly there for the safety of the passengers, however now it’s turning into a sales role.
We recently shared how Frontier Airlines is adding tipping functionality for their flight attendants when it comes to their onboard sales, which received a lot of push back from fliers as they argued that they should be focused on safety rather than trying to get tips. The same can be said here when it comes to signing up for credit cards.
Have you flown American Airlines recently? Were you subjected to multiple credit card schpiels during flight? Feel free to share in the comments below.
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