Something of a perk, plus some idea that one might actually do some work on the plane, and that one would arrive somewhat refreshed to do work. For example, flying to London the plane got in at like 5AM local. which was midnight at home, time to be in bed, and the idea was you would clear customs, go to the hotel maybe and wash up, put on work clothes, then go to the office or meetings, whatever. I always went to the hotel and took some nap for 3-4 hours, then rolled in about noon local, which was still "early" body time, but at least I got some sleep. The flights left at 5 or 6PM, so sleeping then getting up after a few hours did not work for me. I usually scheduled in an extra day on the front anyway to get acclimated a bit, so did not really miss anything. I could do emails and such at noon local, which was early back home, so it never looked like I was slacking, plus no one really cared anyway as we all had the experience of that kind of travel, and being lagged out. I found it worse coming back though.


On 6/22/15 5:51 PM, Kaleb C. Striplin via Mercedes wrote:
Why did they have such rules?

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On Jun 22, 2015, at 3:27 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <> 

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 <> 

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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