Such corporate management decisions really point out why so few people stay
with a company these days. Instead, corporations spend huge sums to head
hunters to lure fresh victims into the "mismanagement fold" for a few short
years before they leave in disgust over such silly use of funds.

Somewhere, deep inside the 3 piece suit and wingtip shoes is the cave man
that says, "I risk my life to kill the beast which I bring back to the cave
for the clan and then I watch the incompetents spoil and waste it".

I'm pretty sure there is a special hand signal that is given when that
caveman leaves the corporation.. ... I'm pretty sure I got that part
right.. yep...

Some old country western song keeps running through my head.. can't quite
remember the words.. "Take this job and............... " Maybe you can
remember the rest.

On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 5:35 AM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <> wrote:

> Our corporate travel department was actually a separate business, so the
> more they sold the more money they made. I have no idea where the business
> class travel policy came from, but I know it was corporate-wide.
> I got into a big tiff with them once over some travel to Australia and New
> Zealand. I had a voucher from NWA for a $2000 business class round trip to
> Sydney that I wanted to use for a business trip Down Under. Corporate
> travel wouldn't let me use it because they had committed to United to use
> them for that route. The United fare was around $5,000, if I recall
> correctly. I know the difference was pretty substantial.
> "We get spiffs from the airlines for committing to book with them, which
> is why we have to use United," was Corporate Travel's reasoning for
> spending twice what it would otherwise cost.
> "How much of that "spiff" comes back to my department?" I asked.
> <crickets>
> Yeah, right. So I ended up going Down Under on United for twice what it
> would have cost me otherwise....
> Here's some more twisted corporate logic:
> The Company wanted to get its hands on frequent flyer miles, but since
> these were earned by the individual there was really no way for them to do
> it. Now maybe they could have by working something out with the airlines,
> but administering it in a company of +8,000 people would have been a real
> nightmare.
> So our head corporate counsel, who also happened to be the owner's wife,
> comes up with this plan:
> You accumulate frequent flyer miles. You use them to book business travel.
> When you do so, Corporate will reimburse you for the lowest published fare
> for that route.
> Oh, and yes, the reimbursement will be taxed as personal income.
> So I use my frequent flyer miles to fly to LA and back. This is probably
> worth maybe $500 booking normally using my miles. Corporate Travel combs
> through the prices from every possible carrier that flys the same route and
> finds a $99 fare. I get a reimbursement check for $99.00 less taxes. Good
> deal, eh?
> Needless to say, this policy died a pretty quick death.
> <head slap>
> Dan
> Sent from my iPad
> > On Jun 22, 2015, at 6:06 PM, G Mann via Mercedes <>
> wrote:
> >
> > 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 -
> >> 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 f
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