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An Important Question
A few weeks ago I wrote about how I redeemed Ultimate Rewards points to book my son and I in Business Class on a United flight to Stockholm, Sweden later this summer. As it turns out we are leaving two days before his 15th birthday and it is going to be a special father/son trip. (Jasmine and Baby Elizabeth are staying home.)
Being the joker that I am, I told my son that there was only one business class seat and that I would be taking it while he would have to suffer in coach. He is after all a lot younger and relatively shorter than me. I also am the one who earns these miles, so I deserve it gosh darn it!
If you have every had a teenager then you probably know how his reaction went. While he was more animated than I can accurately describe, his basic argument was all for one or one for all. He thinks I should have to suffer (and I do with my long legs) in coach with him even though he rarely converses with me during flights anymore.
First World Problems
Before I go any further, perhaps I should clarify this a bit for people who are new to the site. My son has probably taken over 150 flights in his life and has NEVER flown business class. Generally when we are traveling as a family we fly in coach to save miles. That is normal.
Thankfully, we have enough miles to be able to fly up front for this trip. I truly believe traveling is the priority and if we could only fly in coach we would. While the added comfort is nice, the “suffering” in coach is worth it in order to go new places and see new things.
A Discussion About Splitting Up
Tonight I was talking to my brother about the “joke” and he agreed that he would hypothetically fly up front while sticking my 15 year old in the back. My wife has an opposite view and wants to protect her son. Of course this is all hypothetical since he IS actually flying in business class. (He still doesn’t know that he is flying in business class. That will teach him that he should actually read my blog!)
Since people seem to be split on this topic, I thought it would be a good time for a poll. What do you think? In my hypothetical situation is it alright to leave my son in coach while I fly up front? Should families always stick together? Have you ever had a similar situation? What did you do?
Feel free to vote in the poll and elaborate in the comments! Have a great Saturday night!
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