American Airlines just gave employees an incentive to get vaccinated after Marriott made a similar announcement yesterday.
American Airlines promotes vaccination for employees
American Airlines employees who receive the COVID-19 vaccine will get an extra day of vacation in 2022 and $ 50 in non-stop Thank You Credit Points. This incentive is available to all US-based principal and wholly-owned subsidiaries. Obviously, not everyone is eligible for the vaccine yet, so this is an opportunity that will continue to be available once the vaccine becomes available to everyone.
This was disclosed in a notice to employees of American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and American Airlines President Robert Isom, which read in part as follows:
“As we close the first week of March, we remain optimistic that 2021 will be a year of recovery for Americans. We still don’t know how quickly demand will return, but we do know that vaccines will be an important part of the recovery. For this reason, we strive to make the vaccination available to our team as quickly and comprehensively as possible. We strongly encourage all team members to get vaccinated whenever they have the opportunity. Our goal is to make this as easy as possible for you. “
American Airlines encourages employees to get vaccinated
Well done Americans!
Just like I said about Marriott yesterday, I think this concept is well thought out by Americans. We’ve seen a lot of travel brands talk about the importance of vaccinations, but we haven’t seen them create incentives for vaccinations.
For example, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby has stated that he would like vaccination to be mandatory for all employees. He stated that other companies would have to adopt a similar stance to do this or United would not be able to “get away” with it.
I think American is taking exactly the right approach here – they are giving employees an incentive to get vaccinated without forcing them first. Ultimately, it is important that employees in the travel industry are vaccinated – it’s not just about protecting them, it’s also about protecting travelers, as most early studies suggest that vaccinated people are less likely to spread coronavirus as well.
While this is a nice initiative on the part of the Americans, there are some airlines that have achieved more impressive milestones (ultimately due to vaccination progress in other countries).
Etihad Airways, based in Abu Dhabi, was recently the first major airline to vaccinate all pilots and flight attendants. The company has not mandated this, but has stated that those who fail to get vaccinated will not be entitled to sick leave or health insurance benefits from the company in the event they contract a coronavirus.
All Etihad pilots and flight attendants were vaccinated
A few days later, Israel-based EL AL was the first major airline to vaccinate all employees with customer contact. The United Arab Emirates and Israel were the top two countries in terms of vaccination per capita.
American Airlines is offering employees an incentive to vaccinate by offering an extra day of vacation in 2022 and a $ 50 reward. While the reward won’t be life changing, it’s a nice touch and more than we’ve seen from any other US carrier.
What do you think of America’s vaccination incentive?