Why did they have such rules?

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> On Jun 22, 2015, at 3:27 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com> 
> wrote:
> Corporate rules required that we fly business class on any travel over 8 
> hours total air time.  That meant that any time I left the USA I was flying 
> business class.  I could also control who I booked on, so since most of my 
> travel was to Asia and the Middle East I stuck with Northwest and KLM - KLM 
> was a mandatory for security reasons, we couldn’t use any other carriers to 
> the Middle East with the exception of El Al, who, of course, had a limited 
> number of destinations in that part of the world.
> Since NWA and KLM code shared and were partners, I was able to corral my 
> miles into one big honking account.  This was also back in the day where NWA 
> issued a 20,000 mile voucher for every 20k you earned, good for one domestic 
> airfare in the US.  You could “stack” them to use for upgrades and 
> international travel as well.  Because they could be endorsed over, there was 
> a very brisk secondary market for them, too.
> I think I sold six or eight of them in a lump to a ticket broker the year we 
> built our house in Port Washingon, WI for something like $5,000.  They were 
> good for two first class trips to Europe at that amount, I believe.
> I made Platinum every year I flew, and back then getting first class upgrades 
> was pretty easy and automatic for Platinum members. I don’t think I flew 
> coach for 6-7 years straight.  My international travel kept me in first class 
> on all my domestic flights, which really made it nice.
> 747s were configured differently for different carriers.  NWA and KLM had 
> business class on the upper deck and first class in the nose.  That was nice, 
> as it kept all the riff-raff from wandering through the cabin and having to 
> have the flight attendants shoo them out.
> Dan who doesn’t care to travel at all now….
>> On Jun 22, 2015, at 4:06 PM, Rich Thomas via Mercedes 
>> <mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>> I paid for those upgrades many times.  It was interesting, when the small 
>> company I worked for opened an office near London some travel agent, I think 
>> an Indian guy the company owner knew, gave us 5 BA gold cards in exchange 
>> for booking flights through him.  I snagged one and that got me biz class 
>> one way, then I had to fly coach coming back which was ugly.
>> When I went to Lotus we could fly biz class internationally, so in


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