I get the same feeling writing about this topic as I did when I wrote about the opening of the new Penthouse Club in San Francisco: a little dirty.
But this story’s got a Delta angle. Plus, sex and money sell well when it comes to frequent travel, so here goes.
According to a survey by the website SeekingArrangement.com, you have the best chance of meeting a millionaire when flying on Delta Air Lines. The most generous millionaires fly American. The highest-net-worth millionaires fly United, and the cheapest millionaires fly Southwest.
The survey further reveals that 74% of wealthy men frequent airline lounges, 78% are top tier elite level members of airline frequent flyer programs, and 83% fly business class frequently.
Delta declined to comment to The TICKET on the survey results.
The website says that that 50,000 millionaires participated via a survey engine built into its website. (According to the Wall Street Journal, there are about three million millionaires in the US.)
“Besides an online dating website, traveling by air is one of the easiest ways to meet a rich boyfriend or sugar daddy,” said a press release announcing survey results. (There’s no mention, I might add, of those seeking rich girlfriends or sugar mammas.)
I have to admit I was skeptical when I first read this press release, so I contacted the site’s CEO, Brandon Wade, and asked how he got 50,000 millionaires to participate. He said, “When members who fall into the demographic we are trying to poll log into the site, they are asked to provide us answers to a number of short questions relating to a subject.” The average net worth of those participating in this survey ranged from $3 million to $5 million.
Wade, billed as a “serial online dating entrepreneur” on the press release, says that he started SeekingArrangements.com in San Francisco in 2006, but has since moved operations to Las Vegas (natch!). The website claims to have 1.5 million members worldwide.
The site has a Google rank of 5. Compete.com shows that it gets about 100K unique visits per month. (Wade frequently appears as an online dating expert on national television and news shows….see his personal website here.)
So what do you think? Is the airplane cabin a happy hunting ground for gold diggers? Does Delta feel like a “richer” airline than others? Please leave your comments below.