Are airlines bribing politicians with super elite status? 

Delta airlines recently gave Nathan Deal, the governor of Georgia, and his wife "Diamond medallion status," which, according to the AP, makes "them eligible for free seat upgrades, bonus frequent flier miles, priority check-in and boarding and fee waivers." The AP points out this occurred after Deal signed a bill "that gave the airline a partial exemption from the fuel sales tax, valued at $30 million."

The travel blog "View from the Wing," considers this incident among other special perks from this highly regulated and subsidized business, and sniffs out "crony capitalism.":

 It’s one thing when an airline or hotel chain offers status to important customers to sway business, or to leadership of firms they’re doing business with. It’s another thing entirely when they’re offering these perks to politicians and bureaucrats. Mind you, I don’t blame the travel provider one bit. It’s how business is done, especially in highly regulated industries. Politicians hold a great deal of sway over a company’s profitability. It’s called crony capitalism.

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