TV’s Kirstie Allsopp has revealed that she flies business class but puts leaves kids in economy in order to keep them grounded.
The Location, Location, Location presenter made the revelation to the Sun when discussing her family holidays.
Kirstie, 46, admitted that she happily leaves her boys Oscar and Bay to spend their family flights in the standard seating, while her and partner Ben Anderson enjoy the luxury flight away from them in the more pampered class.
She describes anything other than putting her kids in economy as an ‘absurd waste of money’, stating: ‘If I’m going to spend money, it’s on the holiday itself rather than the flights.’
‘When we fly as a family, the boys do fly separately from Ben and me if we’re not in economy together.
‘Obviously this wasn’t the case when they were little but now they are big enough to sit separately, they do, she revealed.
But it’s all about deserving to fly in a better class, she says, and that her kids neither need nor appreciate it: ‘Club Class should be a huge treat you’ve worked hard for.
‘If kids get used to it, what do they have to work towards? It seems like an absurd waste of money and very spoiling. I suspect Gordon Ramsay and I can’t be the only ones to think this.’
Only last year was foul-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsey criticised for doing the very same thing, when he flew first class and his children were lumped in standard.
Despite Gordon, 51, being worth an estimated £30 million, he was roundly criticised for saving around £15,000 on flight costs as a result of the choice.
Speaking after filming his show The F Word, he said: ‘I got sh*t last week from a major newspaper for not sitting my kids in first class.’
He defended his decision, which was similar to Kirstie’s, by saying it teaches his youngsters the value of money: ‘I did not fly on a f*cking plane until I was 19 years of age. And when I sat on the plane cramped for eight hours with food that was cooked three weeks ago I was just happy to take off and be in a plane.
‘The fact that I am going to sit a six year old in a first class seat for £15,000 to fly from LA to London… Fifteen thousand pounds!’ he exclaimed.
‘You can buy a f*cking car for that.
‘Why does my six year old need a big f*cking seat, a 10-course menu – with caviar – and champagne in first class?’