M and I are gearing up for a father-daughter bonding trip (while Jess takes H as we split the team). I’ve noticed that once again, as a dad, some long held principles of mine are falling apart.
I wrote awhile back about how I refused to pay for parking in Portland but how that was stupid (after which the comments proceeded to call me stupid, thanks all!).
This week I broke another principle of mine – I paid for seats on an AA flight. Yuck.
Basically, our flight was pretty full and there were no seats together available that were free. Now, I figured there was a 95% chance that they would be able to put us together at the gate/ticket counter, and an even better chance that some kind soul would be willing to switch.
However, I think the airline is within their rights to NOT seat us together (even though my daughter isn’t even three), and I was imagining a nightmare scenario where we couldn’t sit together. Super unlikely, but nonetheless it suckered me into paying $30 for seats for us.
Anyway, I’m not happy about it, but at least I don’t have to worry about it. On the way back, there aren’t even two seats together if I pay for them – AA said that they’ll put us together at the airport (I was on the phone with them adding an infant to Jess’ ticket). So hopefully that comes true.
But from now on, when I ask myself “Who would ever pay for those seats?”, I have my answer. When you don’t know who the sucker is, it’s you.
If people have surefire methods of ensuring we could have sat together without paying, I’m all ears.