Not First Class or Coach: the New Virtual Class


Unfortunately, there is some bad news for business travelers: according to a new survey on corporate travel from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), only 13 percent of business travel managers will reimburse employees for preferred seating fees. However, 21 percent will reimburse you for using your hotel's fitness center while only 9 percent will pay you back for availing yourself of the room's mini-bar. Apparently managers like their people sober and agile but not too comfortable.

If you require more comfort, consider opening up your wallet. You might just find the new virtual class is one fee worth paying.

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This work is the opinion of the columnist and does not reflect the opinion of ABC News.

Rick Seaney is one of the country's leading experts on airfare, giving interviews and analysis to news organizations that include ABC News, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, the Associated Press and Bloomberg. His website,, offers consumers free, new-generation software, combined with expert insider tips to find the best airline ticket deals.

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