Only stupid people book full fare F class, since business class is good enough to sleep, drink, eat and work, even during an 18 hour flight.
Really? As was pointed out, those people have had the sense to earn (or inherit
) their money. Let them spend it as they will. As for my parents, they just like to pamper themselves. The trip in itself becomes an experience.
I have also noticed a considerable difference in attitudes between our American friends and the rest of us. Domestically in the US, there is First and Monkey, no Biz (in most cases). But domestic First in the US is more like Biz in the rest of the world. No real huge space. Just wider seats and more legroom, plus free booze.
In Europe Biz means very little more than (depending on carrier) a wider seat and free champagne.
So when the Americans say their company pays for First over a certain number of hours, this would be equivalent of a Eurocompany paying for Biz.
Many European companies pay for Biz for trips over eight hours, conveniently putting New York within the Monkey Class range. Sneaky bastarts
For myself, my company pays Monkey Class no matter how far I fly. No matter, as often as I will get the upgrades soon enough.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots." - John Ringo