For my first job out of college, I was never required to travel. Plenty of people I knew did, though, and at that time (over ten years ago) that company paid for business class for all international travel. Those were the days! I left that company several years ago, but found out that after I left they changed their travel policy and only paid for business class travel for VPs and above. My current company has the same policy—VPs and above. Alas, I am not a VP, so the only way I get business class (or first) is to use my points and pay the copay myself.
However, one of my best friends recently had to travel to Asia for work, and it turns out her company pays for not business, but first class for anyone who flies internationally. Wow. That got me wondering—what do most companies do? Pay for business class for all? Or a select few? Or no one?
Readers, what does your company do?