Originally Posted by FIREdreamer
PS: I find flying domestically or internationally really stressful and tiring. For me, the enjoyment only starts once I reach my final destination.
Same here, although if one is truly rich and can afford first class or business class for all travel, the flight wouldn't be so bad.
Most companies have the policy of allowing business class tickets for flights of certain distance or duration. Several airlines have abandoned the first class section and expanded the business class section. As the result, the business class seats now recline much further to be near flat.
In the most recent overseas trip (overwater leg of 12hrs duration and 7 time zones from the East Coast) I was able to sleep through most of the flight, and was able to work the next day with no jet lag. The domestic leg of 4 hrs was a bummer; back to coach, due to company policy! Ticket price due to such short notice: $5000 for roundtrip.
We have not paid our own dime for business class seats; all such travels have been paid by our megacorps or by upgrade. With the incredible shrinking portfolio, we would be happy to afford travel at all, leave alone such luxury.