It’s always awkward to fly in a different class of service than other people in your party.
Last summer I wrote about a supposed trend of husbands riding in business class while their wives sit in coach. There were lots of reasons offered for this.
- The husband gets a business class ticket from their employer but can only afford a coach ticket for their wife to come along.
- The husband is so insufferable to travel with that the wife wants him in a different cabin.
- The guy is just a rich jerk and only think the woman he travels with is ‘worth’ business class once she gets pregnant.
I’d give my wife my premium seat if we had only one. She’d want to sit back with me in coach. So I have to ensure we’re both up front.
Work trips are even more fraught. What do you do when you’re upgraded but your boss isn’t?
The first time I got an upgrade while traveling with a work colleague I was in just my second year of elite status and flying United Washington Dulles – Phoenix. I felt badly and brought my ice cream sundae back to my co-worker in coach. She lit up with joy at the surprise.
It seems I could have wound up arrested.
A woman on a Copa Airlines flight CM761 from Panama City to Lima gave her business class blanket to her son seated at the very front of economy but a flight attendant “told her that her youngest son could not use it and took it away.”
The passenger claims this flight attendant “verbally assaulted and pushed” her. The blanket was taken away from her son and police were called. She was threatened that they would remove her in handcuffs if she didn’t go willingly.
Copa of course is a Star Alliance partner of United and at one point United’s merger partner Continental owned a 51% stake in Copa. So it could have been worse…