Live and Let’s Fly writes about a United flight where a father sat up in business class and left his 8 year old kid back in coach.
He thinks that was inappropriate, though notes that United allows unaccompanied minors to travel on international flights and that’s essentially what this is except that the father went back occasionally to check on the son.
United Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Economy
I think it’s absolutely appropriate and maybe even the right thing to do to fly business class and have your teenagers back in coach.
- When I was a kid I was certainly used to flying in back, I certainly hoped for an empty seat or even row on a long haul flight but that’s just how I flew. I didn’t know anything different.
- Once you fly in a premium cabin it’s harder to go back.
- Teaching kids to experience travel, and spend time with family is great but so is the need to work for what you have. I worry about eventually spoiling my own kids.
Still, leaving an 8 year old alone on a long flight seems a little more challenging.
A couple of years ago I wrote about a supposed trend of husbands flying up front while leaving their wives and girlfriends in coach.
- A husband travels business class for work. His wife comes along so they can have a holiday at the end of the trip. They aren’t going to pay out of their own pocket for her to travel business, but there’s a reason his employer is paying for business class — so he can go straight to meetings. That all seems pretty reasonable, until you learn it’s his company.
- A husband who is so insufferable to travel with, complaining so much about economy, that they only way they enjoy their trip is if they don’t fly together in the same cabin. The wife insists he fly business class so she can get some peace. And he feels guilty over it so he’s extra attentive while they’re on vacation.
- A guy who just seems like a jerk, with homes all over the world, he flies the woman he’s dating with him in coach while he flies up front — until she gets pregnant. While she’s carrying his child she gets premium cabin tickets. It seems how much he’d invest in her tickets depended on what he thought of her at the time.
American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Business Class
Before I got married I was given the cliched advice, “happy wife happy life.” And I’m fortunate to have plenty of miles.
It’s clear though that some couples simply don’t like each other and prefer not to be around each other.
‘It just didn’t work. I wanted to chat, while Arrun was totally preoccupied with his work. He had to ask me to be quiet. It felt very awkward.’
…’Even when we get off the plane we’re like strangers to each another. Arrun will have a chauffeur waiting for him. The car whisks him straight to meetings.
I have to find myself a taxi. At least he does text me to check I’m en route to our hotel.’
…Arrun is unashamed about his love for business class travel without his wife. ‘I love travelling this way. I dine well and always get a good night’s sleep,’ he says.
How would traveling in separate cabins work out in your family?