Man upgrades to business class while his wife sits in economy

Man upgrades to business class while his wife sits in economy

February 28, 2022

Husband is branded an ‘a*****e’ for upgrading HIS ticket on a 12-hour flight to business class and leaving his wife in economy (and is surprised that she’s upset!)

  • A man, believed to be from the US but living in Japan, took to the ‘Am I The A**hole?’ thread on Reddit after getting into a dilemma with his wife about flights
  • They were to go to the US for a month-long holiday and he got a free upgrade
  • He took the business class seat but didn’t pay to upgrade his wife in economy 

A man has been branded an ‘absolute a*****e’ after he upgraded his economy ticket to business class for a 12-hour flight – but left his wife in their original cabin.    

The anonymous man, 25, who lives in Japan, explained on Reddit that he and his wife, 24, were going to the US for a month for a holiday and originally booked to sit together. 

However he had the option of using air miles to upgrade his ticket to business class and took the opportunity. 

He seemed surprised that his wife was ‘upset’ by his decision and took to the online forum to ask if he was ‘being an a*****e’.   

A man has been branded an ‘absolute a*****e’ after he upgraded his economy ticket to business class for a 12-hour flight – but left his wife in their original cabin. Stock image 

The anonymous man, 25, who lives in Japan, explained on Reddit that he and his wife, 24, were going to the US for a month for a holiday and originally booked to sit together

He continued: ‘I told her that and she got upset because she thinks I chose business class over her and that’s rude apparently. I said to her that she’s just jealous (in a teasing joking way) and she got upset and told me to ask the airline to see if I can switch my seat back to economy.

‘I said hell no because I’m not going to miss my opportunity to sit in business class (which looks amazing btw, look up ANA the room). In my eyes, it’s just a 12 hour flight and it doesn’t matter if I sit next to my wife or not.

‘If it’s really bad though I still have a week before my flight to maybe get it changed. AITA [am I the a*****e]?’

The post was flooded with 2,200 comments responding to the original post, with the Reddit community in uproar and disbelief that the man couldn’t see how selfish it was to prioritise himself with the business class upgrade. 

Reddit users did not like his excuses and were quick to slam him for his selfish behaviour

One person wrote: ‘YTA [you’re the a*****e]. You literally ditched your wife and then mocked her. You are absolutely the a*****e here and she is completely right to be upset.

Another said: ‘I would be extraordinarily upset. ‘I’ll go enjoy my flight from this amazing seat, good luck back there cramped with strangers, lol! I’ll let you know how my drinks and full lounging chair are!’

‘For a TWELVE HOUR cross continental flight. What an AH [a*****e]. YTA [you’re the a*****e] and you’d better do some groveling here, or be prepared to pay for this down the line, because I guarantee you will.’

Another user was confused, as many were, as to why the 25-year-old husband would want to sit with strangers as opposed to his wife: ‘Why wouldn’t you want to cuddle, talk, and be with your wife too? Aren’t one of the perks of marriage never having to be alone on a plane again lol.’

Many Reddit users couldn’t believe that the man couldn’t see how selfish it was to prioritise himself with the business class upgrade

Another Reddit user put herself in the situation to demonstrate how she and her husband would have dealt with it: ‘If this happened with my hubby & I, he would have immediately paid to upgrade my seat. Then been like ‘babe we got 2 upgrades for the price of 1!’

‘OP [original poster] – I can’t believe you think you are right here. You even were bragging about the benefits you were getting in this post. I mean, if it’s only 12 hours, as you say, then what’s the big deal about the benefits?

‘Or why couldn’t you just use the upgrade for her seat? You know you’re being a hypocrite in your argument to your wife, you just don’t care because you’re selfishly making the decision about what’s best for you.’

One said he would always prioritise his wife: ‘If there’s only one upgrade my Mrs would be offered it first. Then she would knock it back bc she would prefer to be with me than comfortable alone.

‘Which is sort of what marrying someone is meant to mean, don’t you think? I wouldn’t cash in miles until there was enough to either. You don’t know how to be married at all.’ 

 

One husband said that by taking the seat for himself, he automatically tells his wife that he prioritises himself over his wife, sending her a clear message: ‘YTA [you’re the a**hole]. Business class comes with more space, better service, and a quieter atmosphere.

‘You’re sending a message to your wife that you deserve all that but she doesn’t. Why didn’t you upgrade both seats so you could both have the better experience?’

Another added onto the selfish string of comments: ‘YTA [you’re the a**hole]. Either upgrade both seats or neither, upgrading just yours comes across as very selfish.

”Just’ a 12 hour flight isn’t a sentence I hear that often, I’ve done 12 hour flights several times and they suck even when you have company you love. That flight is going to be even more awful for your wife if she’s stuck next to a stranger.

‘Whether you understand why or not your wife has made it clear how she feels and YTA if you ignore that.’

The original poster later updated and explained he had seen the error of his ways. 

He posted: ‘Edit: yeah I’m the AH [a**hole], I’m buying her the upgrade to sit next to me in business I offered to switch seats but she really wanted to sit next to me I guess.

‘Edit 2: since so many are asking, they were my miles and I couldn’t use them to upgrade her seat.’

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