Cabin Class Compliance is a policy that states which the highest permitted travel class employees may book when they are traveling on company business.
Historically, travel policies have discriminated between cabin classes by seniority affording those that have a higher standing within the company to benefit from perks such as business class. Increasingly the length of time in the air has become a factor and many policies now enable all travelers spending greater than 8, 6 or even 4 hours in the air to book higher-quality cabin classes.
Those that travel frequently for business, or road warriors, also are often afforded more generous rules when booking air travel.
There have been moves within some companies to tie the importance and ROI of a trip to the quality of travel whereby important sales trips or face-to-face negotiations that require an employee to be ‘on the top of their game’ can be booked in higher classes of travel.
As employee traveler well-being becomes an ever more important issue, combined with a reticence to resume travel following COVID-19, some companies are considering higher classes of travel across the board to improve their employee retention rates and reduce mental-health complications and show a higher duty of care than has historically been afforded.