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Travel within Europe – economy / standard class only. Business class air fares or first class rail fares must be justified, eg cheaper than economy.
Long haul travel – executives are allowed two first class fares per year, all other travel in business.
Staff who rarely travel long haul normally fly economy, unless they are expected to work within 24 hours of landing, in which case business class is allowed.
Once again travelling in higher classes is allowed if costs are lower.
In all these cases you can fly with whichever airline you choose, within reason, and are not limited to the cheapest.
The travel policy for staff who regularly fly long haul, such as myself, is a little more complicated. We are expected to remain within ‘a typical budget for such a trip’ – don’t ask how that is calculated! This means balancing air fares, hotel costs, and any travel or food costs while abroad. It is normally enough to cover business class travel and an average 4 star hotel.
The travel policy for all staff also mentions that purchasing fully flexible tickets is not permitted unless specifically instructed to do so, or is justifiable due to cost, or a lack of availability of lower fare classes.