As I checked into my flight home from Arizona I noticed that I was not automatically placed on the First Class Upgrade list. As an Executive Platiunum member of American Airlines this should happen for any flight that has a first class cabin based on availability. I must admit I was a bit put off by the fact that I was not even on the list.
Heading to the Admirals Club to hang out before my flight, I asked the customer service rep if she could check on my status. I mentioned that while I highly doubted the probability of an upgrade, it felt good just to be considered. She immediately looked at me and said, “you just need to believe.”
Anyone who knows me well, knows that is my mantra. In my home and in my office you will see many examples of this faith. I know that if you don’t believe in something, it will never happen.
She quickly informed me that there was in fact a glitch in the system and that I was now listed as 3rd out of 16 for the upgrade. So much for my chances on a sold out flight.
As I settled into my aisle seat, I was ready for my nearly five hour flight. Just as boarding was completed an elderly couple approached my row. It became obvious that they were not seated together and asked If I would trade my aisle seat for the window so that they could sit together. I always take the aisle seat. So as not to feel like a total ass the entire trip, I agreed. Hastily I gathered my belongings and moved to window.
Looking out the window I thought to myself, it was nice that someone got the seats they wanted today. Just then I heard my name being called from behind. I quickly identified myself to the attendant a bit confused as to why she was calling my name. She apologized for not getting to me sooner and that I had been moved up front! Seriously, I got the first class upgrade after all.
Smiling all the way to Philadelphia … was it Karma? Was it just reminder from the universe? Either way the lesson was learned.