Let's say Acme Insurance purchases four round-trip tickets per month from HQ
in Cleveland to their satellite offices in Houston.
To make this as realistic as possible, they tickets will be departing on a Wednesday and returning on a Friday in January.
A flight on CO
will run you $366.50 in Coach.
The cheapest flight in First is backed by Delta, and involves a connection in ATL
(duh). That flight will run you $1,134.50.
1134.50 x 4 x 12 = $54,456.00
366.50 x 4 x 12 = $17,592.00
54456 - 17592 = $36,864.00
$36,000 a year is about what a claims adjuster is paid, right?
As for the deluxe hotel, I someone told you could fly First but had to stay in a Motel 6, or told you if you could take Economy and stay in the Mandarian Oriental, which would you choose? Two hours of being pampered, or a three days of it? I know which I would pick.
I think that $750 extra for seven inches more legroom, a powerport, a wide armrest and a free glass of wine in just stupid.
Just my two cents.