Is it Wrong to Take a 1st Class Upgrade When…..

I have a bit of a conundrum and can’t seem to shake the feeling that maybe… just maybe… I shouldn’t be taking my Medallion upgrade (already confirmed) on my Delta flight to Florida tomorrow.

 

Before you dismiss me as having gone completely crazy, let me explain. I mean really, why the heck would anyone in there right mind ask to have their upgrade downgraded back to coach!!??

 

So here’s the deal, and I’m hoping for some reader input and thoughts. My father, my wife, and I are heading down to Florida tomorrow to visit my grandfather and my dad had asked me to handle all the arrangements. I booked the flights a few weeks ago and requested my Medallion upgrades when I booked the flights. Of course, I am just a lowly FO with Delta being I only recently switched to Delta so my chances of upgrade were slim.

 

I’m getting a little ahead of myself so let me just give you a little background on my dad. My father has flown once in his life that I know of and absolutely hates it. He is a bit of a homebody and if he absolutely has to travel he would much rather drive. But never-the-less he decided to fly down after doctors gave his father a terminal diagnosis.

 

Well, lo and behold my upgrade from MSP-MCO cleared yesterday and the companion upgrade for my wife cleared tonight. Now we are no longer all sitting together for the flight, but rather I just left the one who is terrified of flying by himself back in coach.

 

I told him on the phone tonight and he played it off but I could tell by his voice he was extremely bummed and now nervous about flying by himself… Oh yeah, and did I mention that he emailed me just a couple of days ago and mentioned that he was glad Jen and I were flying down with him…

 

So what do you think? Am I a jerk for allowing my wife and I to be upgraded and leaving him behind? Honestly the thought has even crossed my mind to have Delta move us back to coach.. If I had been thinking ahead when I booked the flights, I wouldn’t have requested the upgrades at all.

 

Problem is my father is the type who would refuse to take one of our seats. I suggested it on the phone and he quickly changed the subject. Maybe Delta will actually switch the seats and put my fathers name on the 1st class ticket and mine on coach? Then he couldn’t refuse to sit in his assigned seat!

 

What are you thoughts? What would you do?

 

 

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6 Responses to Is it Wrong to Take a 1st Class Upgrade When…..

  1. twa44 says:

    People are the most important, so put your dad ahead of an upgrade. Your dad is facing the sad truth that his father is terminally ill, and he dislikes flying. I think it is much more important for someone to be with him during the flight than for you to see what a Delta upgrade is like.

    Any chance that Delta will allow you to give one of the upgraded front seats to your dad, and let you or your wife fly in coach?

    • The Points Traveler says:

      I completely agree, family is more important to me than anything. I wish I had been thinking ahead when I booked the flights and selected to request my upgrades.

      Problem is my father is the type who would refuse to take one of our seats. I suggested it on the phone and he quickly changed the subject. Maybe Delta will actually switch the seats and put my fathers name on the 1st class ticket and mine on coach? Then he couldn’t refuse to sit in his assigned seat!

  2. StevenTravel says:

    I solved your problem, put your Dad and Wife up in the front and you go in coach. Problem solved. Your bill is in the mail 🙂

  3. cruisingflying4life says:

    Tough call, but I would let my dad and the wife go upfront. It’s a sacrifice, but worth the comfort for everyone considering your father’s situation.

    • The Points Traveler says:

      I forgot to mention in the post, but I don’t think I can convince him to take the upgrade otherwise that certainly would be an easy fix, but I’ll try.

  4. De says:

    Have the gate/front line agent put his name on the seat assignment with your wife up front. If a no go, sit next to dad in steerage with the rest of us unwashed.

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