Birthday surprise?

Old Sep 13, 19, 2:39 pm
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Birthday surprise?

MIL is flying Delta first for her bday. This is the first time she is flying in first class in her life and it is for two flights that are less than 1,000 miles each.
She has told me about what she is expecting and it is not going to be what she gets(3 course meals, white table cloths etc.).
I know the flight she's on, is there anything I can do working with Delta to make it a little more special. Unfortunately, I don't have any status with them.
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Old Sep 13, 19, 2:47 pm
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At some airports, you could arrange to pay for lounge access or IIRC even a special escort in a couple places. Route?
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Old Sep 13, 19, 5:09 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
At some airports, you could arrange to pay for lounge access or IIRC even a special escort in a couple places. Route?
No, Delta doesn't offer anything like this. You're thinking of AA.
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Old Sep 13, 19, 5:18 pm
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Originally Posted by WWads View Post
No, Delta doesn't offer anything like this. You're thinking of AA.
I wasn't thinking specifically of making arrangements through DL but rather of some lounges that permit you to purchase a pass online in advance (such as some of the PP and Escape lounges) and airports that have special ground handling arrangements for a fee, including SIN and EZE to mention a few (although I realize that the person seems to be traveling domestic). I don't know whether DL SCs currently have any (such as GroupOn) lounge pass offers as I haven't heard about this recently.

It would be overkill and unnecessarily expensive, but if there's a nice hotel right at the airport (such as the Westin at DTW) one could certainly arrange to have champagne, flowers, chocolates, or some other (paid) amenity delivered to a room purchased on a day rate. You could also do a gift cert for a nice airport restaurant such as OFS at ATL.
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Old Sep 13, 19, 6:48 pm
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I think your MIL needs a wake-up call that Pan American doesn't exist anymore.

Domestic first is a bigger seat, drinks in real glasses, and an occasional low-quality meal. That's it.
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Old Sep 13, 19, 8:28 pm
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Perhaps you gently lower the expectations for this trip and then work with her to book F on *insert preferred airline (international) with good service* for her next trip!
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Old Sep 14, 19, 7:35 am
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Why not take the direct approach and give her a small wrapped gift (such as a small pretty box of Godiva chocolates, maybe four or even just two pieces) with orders that it is to be opened on the plane at the end of the meal? Of course, it would have to be TSA-proof.
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Old Sep 14, 19, 8:08 am
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Originally Posted by dez3b View Post
MIL is flying Delta first for her bday. This is the first time she is flying in first class in her life and it is for two flights that are less than 1,000 miles each.
She has told me about what she is expecting and it is not going to be what she gets(3 course meals, white table cloths etc.).
I know the flight she's on, is there anything I can do working with Delta to make it a little more special. Unfortunately, I don't have any status with them.
Without a status, why DL will do something ?

You can say her travel date here and departure & correspondence airport, and ask if a PAX want to invite her to the lounge ?
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Old Sep 14, 19, 9:22 am
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If she is flying in F, it is a domestic flight and she won't even have SC access.

Rather than making this into more than it is, why not go over what is provided (you can even show her on the website) and put it in a positive light. Even with SC access and being accompanied onto and off the aircraft, the things she is thinking of are not going to happen.
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Old Sep 15, 19, 2:48 pm
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Why not just have an honest conversation with her about what she WILL get? I'll generally take FC over Y most of the time but, perhaps too, this will underscore or inform for her that for the very many, very often, on a lot of airlines flying is not glamorous at all. May she have safe and enjoyable travels.
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Old Sep 15, 19, 4:02 pm
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She would be in for a huge surprise if she ended up taking two CRJ's or MD's. Might be better to build up her expectations to Etihad First class apartments that way we can enjoy a DYKWIA meltdown from another FT on the same flight.
Im kind of kidding, but it would be helpful to know the routes and or aircraft to help set her expectations.
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Old Sep 15, 19, 4:50 pm
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Originally Posted by WWads View Post
I think your MIL needs a wake-up call that Pan American doesn't exist anymore.
I do miss Pan Am.
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She would be in for a huge surprise if she ended up taking two CRJ's or MD's.
Ya, two CRJs would be a total bummer.
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Old Sep 16, 19, 2:39 pm
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Thank you all for the suggestions and comment. I will say that MIL flies once every 2 years or so. she thinks about first as though it's the movies and will be simply jaw dropping.
I have tried to gently explain to her what she will be getting, but I don't think it got through. I had been telling her and FIL that international is where you want to splurge and that I can help with that, but she just really wanted to do this and doesn't like the idea of leaving the country.
There isn't a long layover so lounge access isn't really needed, and their originating airport is small enough to not have a lounge at all, though it is a good idea.
MSPeconomist I really like this idea of creating something myself and maybe looking for an escort for the layover that would be special.
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Old Sep 16, 19, 3:15 pm
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One of my favorite things about flying business class is the Amenity Kit. I have maybe 6 of them under my bed in a bin. I don't even use them and am not sure why I save them. BUT you could buy a Delta one on eBay and give her that for her flight! It usually has some liquids in it so you need to make sure she pulls it out for TSA OR opens it before she goes through security. Or you could make one up yourself? Doesn't even have to be Delta if she doesn't fly much. Some of them are very nice!

(There's an unopened FIRST CLASS Delta one for $10 on there now, with free shipping!)
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