To keep Corporate travel departments from stuffing you, the star salesman
or engineer, into the baggage compartment with Aunt Fluffies pet poodle,
because they could save .12 cents and look good.

Besides.. being pampered by a very attractive stewardess with a delightful
British accent for 11 hrs on BA first class flight built company loyalty
and good will which kept you from quitting at next job review cycle when
you only got a .3% raise despite having increased corporate earnings each
quarter you spent weeks away from your family.

Carrot on stick business perk..

On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 2:51 PM, Kaleb C. Striplin via Mercedes <> wrote:

> Why did they have such rules?
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Jun 22, 2015, at 3:27 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
>> 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 <
>> 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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