Woman begs for airfare refund after being dropped from bridal party

A woman’s tweet asking an airline for a refund after being dropped from a bridal party has gone viral.

Courtney Duffy, from New Hampshire in the US, tweeted airline JetBlue on Saturday asking for a refund after she was asked “to relinquish her duties as a bridesmaid”. She included a copy of an email she received from the bride, Alexandra.

In the email, which Ms Duffy apparently received on her birthday, Alexandra wrote, while she’s happy the her friend had booked flights for the wedding, she has a “massive favour to ask”.

“I need to ask you to relinquish your duties as a bridesmaid,” the bride wrote.

“Come to the wedding, have a fabulous time, and travel in the time you need to without stressing about anything else!”

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Alexandra wrote she was hopeful Ms Duffy could be part of the bachelorette trip, weekend preparations and other events.

But due to “the whirlwind nature” of Ms Duffy’s travel, which means she can’t stay for the whole wedding, the bride asked for her to not only relinquish duties as a bridesmaid but also send back the bridesmaid dress so “someone else” can “step into the role” and presumably wear it.

“Please don’t feel you’re letting me down,” Alexandra wrote.

Ms Duffy tweeted she now wants to avoid the wedding at all costs.

Courtney Duffy shared an email asking for a refund from an airline after she was dropped from her bridal party. Source: Twitter/ Courtney Duffy
Courtney Duffy shared an email asking for a refund from an airline after she was dropped from her bridal party. Source: Twitter/ Courtney Duffy

Her tweet has since been liked more than 10,000 times and has more than 1300 re-tweets.

JetBlue also responded to the tweet.

“Hey Courtney, we’ve been thinking,” the airline tweeted.

“The jumpsuit may have been borrowed, but we’ll bring the (Jet)Blue. When you’re ready to patch things up, we’d like to help make your old friendship feel like new. A future girls’ weekend is on us!”

Alex’s email to Ms Duffy. Source: Twitter/ Courtney Duffy
Alex’s email to Ms Duffy. Source: Twitter/ Courtney Duffy

Ms Duffy later responded saying she didn’t expect the reactions of “well wishes, humour and even devil’s advocacy” to her tweet.

Many agreed with Ms Duffy, with some labelling the bride’s request as ridiculous.

“That chick is a princess and her life will be full of disappointment and terrible clothing choices,” one woman tweeted.

Another added Alexandra “sounds awful”.

However, some people sided with the bride, believing Ms Duffy shouldn’t be part of the bridal party if she hasn’t been around in the lead up to the big day.

“Ummm… She wasn’t being mean,” one woman tweeted.

“You weren’t being a bridesmaid so she did the right thing. Don’t say yes if you can’t fulfill the duties fully.”

Another agreed but said Alexandra’s approach might not have been the best way of asking