Scheduled to fly with his in-laws for a family vacation, he decided to treat his girlfriend to her very first first-class experience. The girlfriend was thrilled! The mother-in-law? Not so much. Here’s what happened…
OP Often Upgrades Flights
The Original Poster (OP) describes himself as a big guy with health issues that make it difficult to travel comfortably in cramped economy plane seats. As a frequent flier due to his work, he often pays out of pocket for a business-class seat or economy comfort. Sometimes, he’ll even fork out to fly first-class, but only for long flights…
His In-Laws Invited Them on Vacation
OP’s in-laws recently invited him and his girlfriend to go on vacation with them. They accepted, but it was a seven-hour flight to their destination, so OP let everyone know he’d upgrade to business class for the above reasons. Everyone was fine with it, including the in-laws. However, OP had a surprise in mind…
He Planned a Romantic Gesture
While OP had flown first class fairly often, his girlfriend had never done it before. As a result, he decided to surprise her with a first-class upgrade for them both. Meanwhile, OP’s father and mother-in-law were still booked into economy seats – a fact that came back to bite him later…
The Day of the Flight
The big day finally came and OP couldn’t wait for his girlfriend’s reaction. When the boarding for first-class passengers was announced, he turned to his girlfriend and said, “Let’s go.” His girlfriend thought he’d made a mistake until he told her to look closer at her boarding pass…
There Were Mixed Reactions
When the penny finally dropped, she couldn’t believe it. She was thrilled! OP’s father-in-law chuckled and shook his head. The only person who didn’t seem happy was his mother-in-law.
His Girlfriend Was Over the Moon
The flight was as amazing as OP had hoped, though. His girlfriend loved the surprise and wouldn’t stop thanking OP for it. Her only concern? Next time, she said, she’d like more of a heads-up so she could “dress more bougie.” Unfortunately, not everybody was so pleased…
After the flight, it became instantly clear that OP’s mother-in-law was furious. She expressed her anger at OP for leaving her and his father-in-law behind to “rot in coach” while OP and his girlfriend enjoyed all the perks of first-class.
She Thought He’d Been Unfair
Since it was a trip the four of them were taking together, OP’s mother-in-law thought it was only fair that they traveled together. She said that on family trips, it “wasn’t a good look” to travel in different classes – he should have paid for them all to fly first-class or none of them. She then called him selfish, saying he could have at least put them in business or economy comfort…
OP’s Father-In-Law Was on His Side
While the mother-in-law was fuming, OP’s father-in-law didn’t seem to care. Apparently, he’d slept the whole way anyway and, he said, he’d have done the same as OP if he had the money.
OP’s Girlfriend Weighed In
Following the events of the day, OP chatted about it with his girlfriend. She expressed that, while she loved the experience, in hindsight it may have been best if OP had saved the gesture for a trip with just the two of them. From OP’s perspective, it really wasn’t a big deal. But he turned to Reddit for a second opinion anyway. Was he in the wrong here?
Reddit Was on OP’s Side
The majority of the comments on OP’s post came out in his favor. One read, “You were all paying your own way. You don’t have to travel as a herd. MIL is just jealous! MIL could have paid to be in first class, but she thinks that she is entitled to have you pay for it. Nope! Not gonna happen.”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on the matter? Who do you think was right – OP or his mother-in-law? Do you think there is a possibility that the mother-in-law felt jealous of the couple? Comment below to let us know.
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