John, a member of an airline’s loyalty club, faces backlash from his wife Sarah, after upgrading to first class without consulting her on a long overnight flight with their three young children.
He Was in the Loyalty Club
John, a 38-year-old man, his wife Sarah, 39, and their three kids were on vacation, travelling on a long overnight flight in economy class. John was a member of the airline’s loyalty club, which offered perks like lounge access, points, and other benefits.
He Was Offered an Upgrade
About 20-25 minutes before boarding, John’s tier of the loyalty club was called, and he was offered an upgrade to first class for $500. John was excited about the opportunity to experience a better flight, and he used some of his points to pay for the upgrade, bringing the cost down to $150.
She Was Not Happy
However, when John told Sarah about the upgrade, she was unhappy and felt that he should have consulted her before making the decision. She was worried about managing their three kids, including an infant, alone in economy class.
She Refused to Talk to Him
John went back to the desk to see if the upgrade could be changed back, but he was informed that it was not possible. Throughout the flight, Sarah was distant and refused to talk to John. She felt that he had made a unilateral decision that affected the entire family without consulting them.
He Had Been Selfish
When they landed, Sarah told John that they needed to have a serious discussion about the situation. She felt that John had been selfish and had not considered the needs of the family as a whole. She also felt that he had undermined her authority as a parent by making a decision without consulting her.
Straight to the Internet
John felt caught in the middle. He had wanted to experience the benefits of the loyalty club and the first-class upgrade, but he had not intended to upset his wife or cause any problems for the family. Because of this, John decided to seek advice from a popular internet forum for answers.
The Internet Responds
One person writes, “Why didn’t he swap seats with her when he truly felt bad? Or at least mid-flight? Because he was happy to not sit with the children in economy. I bet as soon as he sat in his first-class seat, he high-fived himself and slept extra well while thinking that his wife mostly won’t get a wink of sleep.”
Another Commentor Responds
Another person comments, “There is no way he’s not a gigantic jerk. That sort of behaviour would have me speaking to a divorce lawyer when we returned from holiday. Seriously, he thought she’d be fine, flying, with 3 kids, on her own, while he chilled out in first class. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the sort of husband who thinks unloading the dishwasher was the same as “giving her the day off from her responsibilities”.”
A Final Comment
A third person puts, “I travelled with three young kids alone due to my husband’s work schedule a few times. And it’s exhausting, even with well-behaved children. One has to go to the toilet, the other is hungry, and the baby is overwhelmed. Or one wants to read a book, the other wants to color, and the baby needs to be fed etc… You’ll manage somehow but it’s a lot easier if two people/parents take care of the kids. I would be mad if my husband would go to first class and leave me alone with our kids. (My husband wouldn’t).”
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