He Upgraded His Girlfriend’s Ticket to First Class and Left His Mother-In-Law in Coach, but When They Landed, She Accused Him of Leaving Her to Rot

A man recently reached out for some advice after his mother-in-law got mad that he treated his girlfriend to first-class plane tickets. Here’s what happened.

He needed more space

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A man knew that because of his size, he could never really be comfortable on a flight if he had to sit in coach; he needed more space.

He used to play sports

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The man said, “I was an NCAA Division II tight end. For non-Americans, think of the size of rugby players.”

He’d been injured

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The man had some injuries from his playing days. He had bad knees, and his lower back was often painful too.

He flew a lot

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Because of his job, the man had to travel by plane quite a bit, and his size and injuries meant that it could be an uncomfortable few hours.

He often upgraded

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Because of all this, he would often upgrade his seat after his job paid for the basic economy ticket.

It was usually just one level up

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The man said, “Thankfully, I make a decent enough living that most of the time, I spring for an upgrade to economy comfort or even business class.”

Sometimes it was first class

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However, sometimes the man would be all-out and pay for first class, but he’d only do that if it were a long-haul flight; otherwise, he’d save his money.

They went on vacation together

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The man’s in-laws decided that they, along with the man and his girlfriend, should all go on a trip together.

They paid their own way

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The man and his girlfriend paid for their tickets, while his in-laws paid for theirs.

He decided to upgrade

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The man knew that the flight would be around seven hours, so he decided to upgrade his ticket to business class. Everyone seemed fine with that.

He was planning a surprise

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However, the man hadn’t just upgraded his own ticket to business class; he’d upgraded both his and his girlfriend’s tickets to first class. He wanted to treat her to something special.

They called the first-class passengers

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The man managed to keep the secret right up to the last minute when the airline called all the first-class passengers to board the flight. He said, “I looked at my girlfriend and told her, ‘Let’s go.’”

She didn’t believe him

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The man’s girlfriend didn’t believe he’d really upgraded them until he showed her their boarding passes. She was ecstatic.

They reacted differently

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The man’s father-in-law smiled at the couple and at his daughter’s joy, but the man’s mother-in-law didn’t say anything and just looked mad.

They had a great time

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First class was everything the couple wanted it to be, and they had a great time during the flight.

She was fuming

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When they all got off the plane, the man’s good mood quickly disappeared. His mother-in-law was mad at him and accused him of not thinking of others because he hadn’t upgraded her and her husband.

Was he wrong?

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Was the man wrong to leave his parents-in-law in coach while he sat in first class, or did he do a nice thing for his girlfriend?

The internet responded

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One person said, “You paid your own way and have a right to fly any way you want.”

Another person commented, “Your mother-in-law is definitely jealous, and you’re under no obligation to pay for any part of their tickets.”

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