Ex Praised for Dumping Boyfriend After Mother-in-Law Made Them Fly Coach

A Redditor has been praised online for refusing to get on a flight with their boyfriend and his family after they were left with a coach ticket while the other seven members of the party were sat in first class.

The story was shared on Sunday by Reddit user NoTGoingThank, and now has more than 26,000 upvotes and thousands of comments.

In the post, the Redditor explained: "My boyfriend's parents paid for them, my boyfriend's siblings, and their significant others to all go on a flight to Cabo for spring break. Becky, his mom, hasn't seemed to like me for some reason, she always makes snide remarks about my parent's blue-collar jobs and my field is nursing.

"We get to the airport and Becky got seven other people first-class tickets and me one coach ticket. She told me I was used to it and she had a free coach ticket so I should be grateful for going. They all did their express check-ins and left me in the long line to think about what the heck is going on."

Confused by the ordeal, the poster said that they had to keep from crying while in line, and when they got up to the counter they were told they needed to pay a baggage fee too.

"My boyfriend never once helped me through the coach line or said anything to his mom," wrote the Redditor. "I looked over at his mom's smug face as I was about to pay the checked baggage fee and I let out all of my frustrations on the attendant and started crying."

The kind flight attendant told the poster not to go away with that family, telling them that: "They don't appreciate you." The Redditor got out of line with the check-in woman and started crying on their boyfriend about how his mother was treating them.

"I broke up with him at the airport and his mother was so embarrassed. I told her what a bitch she was. My boyfriend has been blowing up my phone saying how could I do that to his mother and just back out of a vacation at the very last minute, wasting everyone's time and money," the Redditor said.

According to a recent study by ValuePenguin examining the cost of airline travel, the average airfare is still almost 20 percent lower than it was before the COVID-19 pandemic. The average cost of a ticket at the end of 2019 was $373.34, while according to the latest available data the average cost in the second quarter of 2021 was $299.93.

But for many flights, including to Hawaii's Kahului and California's Long Beach, prices had recovered and often increased from their pre-pandemic levels, suggesting that as pandemic restrictions continue to ease and confidence in travel grows, airline costs will go back to expected levels.

Shocked by the story, Redditors on the popular r/AmITheA**hole forum overwhelmingly sided with the poster—confirming that they agreed with her course of action.

"NTA," wrote one commenter. "The check-in lady was correct. If you would have got on the plane, you would have been treated like this for the entire vacation. It was absolutely the right decision to stand up for yourself."

Another reply said: "You got out of a really miserable situation. His mother would likely continue to treat you like second-class scum, and he would defend her and allow her to do so. Breaking up with him was the best thing you could have done for the peace and happiness of your future self."

"Repeat after me," said another comment. "Cash (or plane tickets) does not buy someone the right to be cruel, abusive, or controlling."

"You dodged a bullet, OP," said one user. "Good riddance to that weak a** boyfriend and his horrendous mom."

Newsweek has reached out to NoTGoingThank for comment.

Check-in queue at the airport
A file photo of people at a check-in queue at the airport. The internet has praised a Redditor after they shared the story of refusing to get on a flight when they were singled out by their boyfriend's mother. Getty Images/ilona titova