The True Cost and ROI of Business Travel
Harding—who was the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel in competition and a very athletic skater—wound up skittering all over the ice, missing jumps and failing to medal.
Clearly, she was not in the zone and I am sure that jet lag did her in.
Two Issues: How Do You Fly and Where Do You Stay?
A former client, the late Victor “I-liked-the-shaver-so-much-that-I-bought-the-company” Kiam of Remington Products, always flew coach. “The back of the plane arrives at the same time as the front of the plane,” he was quoted as saying.
At the other extreme is Warren Buffett, the world’s second richest man, who leads a very simple life in Omaha, Neb., with one exception: He always flies in private jets. (It helps that NetJets is a member of his Berkshire-Hathaway family of companies.) As a result, he does not have to get to the airport two hours early, wait in check-in lines, spend anxious time going through security and then wait for an hour or more to board.
On arrival, Buffett does not spend time in a passport line or suffering the angst of wondering where his baggage is.
Flying private jets allows Warrant Buffett to get back into the zone faster than ordinary stiffs like me.
A number of high-rolling execs agree. Around the corner from my row house is Philadelphia’s premiere caterer to private jets, Chef’s Market. Yesterday on my 5:30 a.m. dog walk, I counted seven Chef’s Market delivery vans parked on the street and saw 10 people through the plate glass window furiously preparing food.
Can Business- or First Class Help Prevent the Demons of Fatigue and Jet Lag?
I checked first-class tickets on British Air for a round-trip to Heathrow next week and the cost is $13,294, “excluding taxes, fees and charges.” If I book a flight on US Air first class, the round-trip cost to Gatwick is $7,358 per person—versus $418 for economy class.