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?