Richard Branson announces free cruise for some passengers onboard Delta flight

  • Richard Branson recently gifted free cruise tickets onboard a Delta flight
  • The flight was heading directly from Atlanta to San Juan in Puerto Rico
  • Branson announced any adult Delta SkyMiles member who was on the flight would be given the chance to sail on his Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Lady ship which is set to make its debut in San Juan later this year

Published on Mar 07, 2024 at 9:17 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Mar 08, 2024 at 8:03 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Richard Branson left some lucky passengers onboard a Delta Air Lines incredibly excited recently after gifting them a free cruise.

The Virgin Group founder gifted every Delta SkyMiles member over 18 years old on the flight from Atlanta to San Juan, Puerto Rico, the opportunity to sale on one of his ships.

To be precise, they’ve been given the chance to sail on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Lady during the ship’s inaugural season in San Juan later this year.

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To be fair, Richard Branson is no stranger to pulling eccentric stunts.

This time, though, he gifted the travelers the trip personally in celebration of Resilient Lady’s new homeport in San Juan.

“The Caribbean has been my home for many years, and I’m very excited to welcome Resilient Lady as she sails from San Juan to visit the region’s most beautiful destinations,” the British billionaire said.

“My excitement clearly couldn’t be contained, so we came up with a way to celebrate with a personal invitation and surprise for some unsuspecting guests on a Delta flight to San Juan,” he added. 

The surprises started before passengers boarded the flight, when Virgin Voyages hosted a party at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport gate.

The party featured a prize wheel and all guests were invited to spin.

Prized included Delta and Virgin Atlantic flights, Virgin Hotel stays, a Virgin Voyages cruise, Delta Vacations package, and gift cards.

On social media, many users have reacted to the act of generosity.

“One day I’ll be this lucky haha,” one wrote.

“This guy is awesome on so many levels,” another commented.

“Impressive, giving back to the community,” a third posted.

Who knows, maybe those taking up the free tickets will decide to sell everything to live on a cruise ship, like this couple who said it changed their lives.

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Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.