Delta Air Lines has launched a new and exciting program that would benefit the elderly population in the CNMI.
Walter Manglona, program coordinator for the Office on Aging, said yesterday that the airline company is offering a 12-percent discount on airline tickets valid for travel to Japan or anywhere in the United States.
The offer is available to senior citizens from Saipan, Tinian, and Rota who are at least 55 years old and have a senior citizen's discount card from the Office on Aging.
Manglona said that Delta Air Lines sales and marketing representatives Christopher A. Concepcion and Esther F. Sound visited them on Sept. 20 to inform them of the good news.
“Office on Aging director Rose DLG Mondala expressed her appreciation to Delta Air Lines and vowed to do her best to promote the ongoing promotion,” Manglona said.
Concepcion, in a phone interview, said the discount program is for senior citizens who meet the eligibility requirements in obtaining an ID card at the Office on Aging. He said the program is their way of helping the man'amko in these tough economic times.
“There are other big corporations and companies that give discounts to our senior citizens and we want to come up with our own little way to help them. We know that a lot of these seniors need to travel for personal, medical, or business reasons,” he told Saipan Tribune.
The 12-percent discount applies to regular published Economy and Business Class fares.
Concepcion said the discount program will be on a “test run” until March 31, 2013. After that, the program will be extended depending on how it is received by the elderly community. “If we see a need to continue the discount, then we will do that.
The discount will be valid for airline tickets purchased through any of the six authorized travel agencies on island: Wings Travel, Pacific Sky, Century Travel, World Tour, Mita Travel, and Interkam Travel; at the Delta Air Lines Saipan ticketing office; or by calling Delta Air Lines Sales Support Center for CNMI and Guam.
“Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer this discount program to all senior citizens in the CNMI who are holders of the Office on Aging ID card,” said Concepcion.
To obtain an ID card, visit the Office on Aging in Garapan near Gold's Gym. For more information about the discount program, visit Delta Air Lines Saipan ticketing office at the second floor of the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport or call the toll-free number of Delta Air Lines Sales Support Center for CNMI and Guam at 1-866-335-8268.