For years, the Ball & Chain has travelled during the week, amassing hundreds of thousands of air miles, and with it, Global Services status with United Airlines. As many of you know, it's tiring being on your own with two small children 24/7 and I often complained. The service we received when flying was nice, but since I didn't fly that much, I wasn't usually the recipient. It has meant however, that we often fly business class when going to England every summer.
For those not familiar with the air mile accummulation system, many airlines go the extra mile for customers who fly a lot with them. A few years ago the B&C and I were flying somewhere on our own (cannot for the life of me think what it was, and it's probably the only time we;ve done that). We arrived early at the gate and requested an earlier flight if possible. I saw the check in clerk sirruptitiously point to the Global Services status on our printed tickets, and we bumped a pilot who was dead-heading on the same flight. I felt a bit guilty, especially as he was standing right next to us and made it known that he wasn't happy, but the B&C's attitude was that he was the one spending all the money with the airline.
Global Services has its own check in desk - none of that standing in a long line. We don't even have to stand in the First Class line. We go to another place altogether and if there are any problems, they straighten them out too. We board planes first whether or not we're flying in the posh end. You have no idea how handy this is when flying with multiple kids, some of them small. The perks go on and on.
And now he tells me that he's no longer a member of that illustrious group. Of course I've contacted my lawyer to see whether this renders our marriage null and void. I mean what's the point of putting up with a loud Grape Nut cruncher, who can't carry a tune if there's no upside? I know I should be happy. After all, being booted out of Global Services is the result of him not flying nearly as much as he did; meaning that he spends a lot more time at home.
I broke it to the kids last night. They didn't register at first, until they realised that mom and dad probably weren't going to shell out for a trans-Atlantic business ticket and they might have to squash in with the hoi-polloi in seats that don't lie completely flat.