I used my points to upgrade my 13-year-old to business class on a long-haul flight – and I might regret it

by MMC
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I usually reserve these perks for me and my husband – we don’t share them with our children. But I made an exception one summer trip to Israel while I dreaded taking long-haul flights from San Antonio to Tel Aviv, Israel, and returning by coach.

Since I was only traveling with my 13-year-old, I used my saved miles to upgrade both of us to Delta One, which is essentially the airline’s business class.

Going to Israel was a unforgettable trip for us, but I think my son was just as excited to experience luxury in the air as he was to swim in the Dead Sea.

Having extra-large screens for watching movies, seats that converted into beds, and extremely attentive flight attendant service was a pretty cool experience to have with my son. We also enjoyed having great meals and special desserts in the sky. It made the trip with him and I even more special.

Bonding over a love of travel is awesome. Bonding over a love of travel And eating hot fudge sundaes at 37,000 feet was the icing on the cake – pun intended. I don’t regret having improved his seat.

My kids fly with us a lot, but this is the first time long-haul flight my son really remembers it. And I’m glad I was able to upgrade this time, but it won’t become a default for him.

If we had flown as a family of four, as we usually do, I would not have had enough points to cover Delta One for everyone, and the cash price for the upgrade would have been out of our budget, either thousands of dollars per person. .

My 13 year old son is old enough to understand that we don’t travel this way on every trip we take, but I’m sure he’ll miss business class when he’s in economy on his next international flight.

I hope that even if he feels like flying in front, he will learn to have the same balance as me. Even though I often travel in upgraded seats, I sometimes find myself stuck in the middle seat in the back of the plane. I don’t like it, but I also don’t think I have the right to sit in front or that the flying coach is below me.

Yet, I wonder. As we enjoyed our hot fudge sundaes in our slippers in business class, he said to me, “I wonder what the people in the back seat eat for dessert.” Probably not hand-dipped sundaes with custom toppings, kid.

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