The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and hell is what United Airlines employees raised following Friday's announcement that the quarterly bonus program would be replaced with a lottery. "Our intention was to introduce a better, more exciting program, but we misjudged how these changes would be received by many of you," said United Airlines President Scott Kirby on Monday in announcing a "pause" on implementing the new lottery, which was to give away $100,000, Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans, and other cash and vacation prizes.
The New York Times reports that in 2017, employees earned roughly $87 million in bonuses, though that includes amounts earned by executives; the lottery system, which would benefit just 1,361 winners out of roughly 86,000 employees, would have cost about $18 million, meaning United potentially stood to save millions. A comment from a United flight attendant picked up by the Chicago Business Journal suggested the savings would be about $32 million per year. (Read more United Airlines stories.)