Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), twice Speaker of the House, flew from San Francisco to las Vegas for the Super Bowl. She was accompanied by her husband, Paul Pelosi, who seemingly has a nearly perfect stock-picking record. The pair have attended the Super Bowl every time the 49ers have been in the game.
The pair booked window and aisle seats. When a middle seat passenger showed up on the Saturday flight, Congresswoman Pelosi gave him the window seat. This is being touted in the media as offering that passenger an “upgrade” rather than “strategy.”
- The best experience in economy is to have an empty middle seat.
- Two people traveling together can book a window and aisle seat, and then there’s a shot at that empty middle.
- If someone shows up in the middle seat, the couple can still sit together if they want, just offer the middle seat passenger an “upgrade.”
On a flight to the Super Bowl the odds seem pretty low that this will work out. Indeed, flights are more full generally than they used to be. But middle seats usually also fill up last. You might as well try!
The sure-thing way to improve your space as a couple traveling in economy, though, is to book two aisle seats in the same row. You’re still seated beside each other, and can both lean into the extra space of the aisle. The only downside if you’ll both get hit by the drink cart as a flight attendant goes by, and by everyone heading up and down the aisle to use the lavatory.
With a net worth of over $100 million, the Pelosis might have considered flying private however without significant advance planning there was just nowhere to land at any of the airports near Las Vegas this weekend. There may not even have been any first class seats for sale. There really ought to be an aftermarket to resell tickets on sold out flights at a profit. The flight was less than 500 miles and 100 minutes, so coach is really no big deal and honestly even a middle seat is fine, but the pair are both in their 80s so why not be comfortable?
Surely the pair should have just gone ahead and bought that empty middle seat. Did you know you can buy an extra seat on a flight?