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As business-class ticket prices soar, CFOs face an unpopular choice: economy or bust

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Business class airline seats are becoming more attractive to everyday travelers who want to splurge on flights. As such, companies may need to increase their travel budgets in 2023.

Air France CEO said: luck Feature article. “The summer ‘luxury leisure’ traveler is a complicated matter for the true business traveler,” writes Walt. “As padded seats suddenly became the hottest ticket to travel, businessmen were forced to reroute, reschedule meetings or, frighteningly, fly economy class. .”

“as if hunger game If you need to travel last minute, hurry up,” Henry Harvelt, an industry analyst at Atmosphere Research Group, a global travel market research firm in San Francisco, told Walt. Even if you’re a businessman and don’t care about fares, you couldn’t get a last-minute ticket in business class,” Harteveldt said. “There were no seats available.

Some executives may not want to sit in the middle of the bus between two passengers in exchange for business class benefits. His Dhruv Sharma, a Sydney-based management consultant, told Bloomberg that he couldn’t stretch his budget for his business class, which is the usual option for bringing colleagues to a team gathering in Bangkok. Told. Sharma had to choose economy his ticket. As a result, he offers people to take a vacation when he returns to travel to Thailand. According to Bloomberg, “Yet he expects his 20% of his peers to drop out to become flying coaches.”

Business travel fares in North America are expected to surpass pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022, according to a report from travel management firm CWT and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). In 2022, premium class (business and first class fares) will rise by 45.2% globally. And by 2023, it will increase another 6.2%.

Anything that can strain corporate travel budgets can benefit the airline industry. “After two years of being devastated by a pandemic, the race for the best-priced seats is a huge boost for the industry as a whole,” Walt wrote to her. luck piece.

“Data are lacking on how much business and first class cabin bookings have increased because most airlines keep such details secret,” she wrote. In June, Delta said it came out of a pandemic slump and was “outweighed by a recovery in premium product revenues.” [the] Main cabin for all markets. Like other airlines, Delta makes a profit when passengers redeem their points for frequent flyer miles, and banks and credit card companies pay the airlines and offer benefits. The company announced in June that it made $1.4 billion from American Express in the last quarter. (You can read the full article here.)

CWT and GBTA reports say some companies are responding to rising ticket prices with “smarter, more purposeful travel policies” rather than restricting travel to the cheapest class to cut costs is starting to These companies see business travel as a strategy to achieve higher business goals, not just to meet clients and colleagues in person.

What is your approach to travel and cost savings?

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Cheryl Estrada

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