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Delta Airlines 'Free Flight' Chain Letter
Netlore Archive:  Email hoax claims recipients will receive a free round-trip flight from Delta Airlines if they forward the message to 5 other people

Description:  Email hoax
Circulating since:  Oct. 2005
Status:  False
Analysis:  See below

Email example contributed by David G., 25 October 2005:

Share this info:

I contacted the Delta public relations office -


Due to the recent news regarding our Bankruptcy , the number of passengers flying Delta world-wide has fallen dramatically. We at Delta Airlines have launched an national media campaign which aims to fill our aircrafts once again. A part of this campaign is direct email advertising.

This is where YOU come in!

Delta Airlines, along with Microsoft are tracking this email, and for every 5 people you forward this to, you will receive a round trip flight to any destination in the continental U.S. Send this email to 10 people and you are eligible to fly ANYWHERE in the world round trip!

Simple as that!
However, that only catch is you MUST travel BEFORE December 31st 2005.

You will be contacted via email within 5 working days for your full contact information and booking details.

Note: one flight per person only.

Comments:  Hoax. Though Delta Airlines indeed declared bankruptcy in September 2005, the company is not so desperate or foolish as to try to increase its customer base by giving away free round-trip flights to folks who forward chain letters. Nobody does business that way.

For the progenitor of this hoax, look no further than the identically-worded British Airways "Free Flight" Hoax of 2003, not to mention the dozens of other phony freebie chain letters circulated on the Internet over the past 10 years.

Sources and further reading:

Delta and Northwest Airlines Both File for Bankruptcy
CNN, 15 September 2005

British Airways 'Free Flight' Hoax
Netlore Archive, 17 June 2003

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Last updated: 11/10/05

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