She’s Upstairs Biz, I’m Last Row: Flight Spousal Harmony

I don’t value business class enough for myself to pay the miles premium. I can handle a long flight and can shake it off.

However I DO VALUE the premium to achieve spousal harmony. If my wife is in a bad mood I can’t shrug it off.

We are winging it to Japan today, she is business class, upper deck, exit row on a 747.

I am last row on the plane, 63, hoping the other seats stay open and I have a makeshift lie-flat seat. If, not, at least I should be greeted with a faint smile when I deplane an hour later than her.

Happy family travels near and far this Thanksgiving!

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Agreed, rapidtravelchai and mommypoints, getting a business class seat for my husband is something I never regret. For us it is more that he doesn’t like taking short trips, partly because the travel can be exhausting. But in a better seat that’s not as much of an issue. So, we can travel more often. (well, assuming we have enough miles of course).


Ha ha I would do the same but put my husband in the biz seat. WAY too grumpy of a coach traveler. 😉

Rapid Travel Chai

I got the four seats in the end, had to worm around tge arm rests that only go up halfway.


Good for you. Although I much prefer having my husband next to me, but given the choice you had, you made the perfect decision!

The Weekly Flyer

What would have been even better, and to help visualize, is a picture of your coach seat vs your spouses 🙂

Good move on not putting her in the last row, haha.

Rapid Travel Chai

Did that pre-flight, will update, I got one pic of her seat, then she forgot to take pics.


Do you give husband lessons? I love mine lots but he would prefer me to fly coach too and our spousal harmony means I give in to him! Indeed, one of the reasons I am in this game is to have access to better flights/accommodations at coach prices! But I am not complaining. We are married going on 38 years and it is a give and take that works for us! Have a great trip.


You are a good man! Happy/safe travels!


Happy wife = happy life 🙂 Good luck!


she is lucky she is on the same airplane


She’s very lucky!!! Safe travels to both of you and happy thanksgiving! Hopefully the flight wasn’t full and that you got your own makeshift skycouch in economy.