“Business Class” is the term used by many airlines to describe a premium class of airfare. Business class is often a step below first class, but in many cases has replaced first class altogether, particularly on long-haul, international flights.Business class amenities differ from airline to airline, but typically include enhanced food and beverage service, streamlined check-in procedures and wider seats with additional leg room and seat pitch. While the extra cost associated with executive class tickets might seem like an unnecessary luxury for some, for the frequent business traveler who spend long hours on airplanes, often arriving at international destinations only minutes before meetings, the workspace, meals and extra room to relax, rest and stay fresh is well worth the extra cost of a ticket.Additional amenities may include use of a private lounge at airport terminals, complimentary alcoholic beverages, a herringbone seating arrangement which gives each passenger access to an aisle and private television monitorsMany airlines have customized their business class service by applying a unique brand to it. A few examples include Air Canada, “Executive First (International),” Air New Zealand, “Business Premier, ” Air Pacific, “Tabua Class, ” Alitalia, “Classe Magnifica,” Korean Air, “Prestige Class,” and Thai Airways, “Royal Silk.”Because international flights can often be 10 hours or more in duration, one of the most important business class features is the ability to recline the seat into a flat or nearly flat position to facilitate sleep. A few airlines, which offer both first and business class airfare, reserve seats which lie fully flat for first class, to distinguish between the two classes. However, many international carriers offer only business class seating having eliminated first class altogether.Many travelers may question why, with so little distinction between first class and business class, are there two separate premium classes? It seems to be a question of marketing and one of perception. On short hop domestic flights, it sometimes makes sense to offer only one class: economy or coach. But along other, longer routes such as transcontinental routes in the United States, it is more profitable to offer several tiers of service with business class sandwiched between first class and economy. These flights often attract a greater diversity of travelers including wealthy travelers, business travelers, and tourists. The different levels of service attempt to maximize ticket prices for each type of traveler.Routes which must accommodate large numbers of business travelers tend to have eliminated first class. This may be due to a perception that first class travel is an unnecessary luxury, while bus. class is an expensive necessity. While corporation might find it difficult to justify first class travel to their shareholders, business class sounds more palatable.Furthermore, in a competitive international business climate, where multimillion dollar contracts are at stake, it’s hard to overestimate the value of having business executives and salesmen arrive at their destinations feeling well rested and sharp with additional time to prepare for presentations and meetings en route. As businesses and countries merge into an increasingly interconnected world marketplace, business travel will become more and more important for the business traveler, and more profitable for airlines.
As far as home-based business opportunities go, Global Travel Int’l. seems to stand on solid ground. The company was co-founded by its current chairman Randy Warren over 15 years ago and its reported annual income now exceeds $125 million. The internet business opportunity offered by this company is a merger of the travel agency business with online booking. With its tempting “free trial” offer and much touted opportunity to make money from a home-based business, many people are curious and want to know if this is the real deal.When you sign up with Global Travel International, you are actually providing a lead generation service. As a member, you receive your own website where potential customers can log in to book their tickets. You refer customers to Global Travel Int’l. for booking and you make money from the commissions off every ticket booked through you.As a Global Travel International travel agent, you enjoy discounts on air fare, hotels and car rentals. Many of those who join Global Travel business do so for this benefit and do not take part in sales. However, this membership discount might not be recognized in many establishments and you won’t get the discount you expect.Global Travel International reviews made by individuals who have actually tried this business opportunity assert that airline ticket sales only account for a small percentage in commissions. The main selling points are vacation deals, cruises and group bookings. This is where you find opportunities for big commissions.If you consider all the above points, you would say that this business is on the up and up. But why is it that some individuals and reviews claim that Global Travel International is a scam?Complaints are rampart that this company indulges in misleading advertising to get people to sign up. According to some reviews, they advertise a free trial period and then hit you with a one-time activation fee of $49.95 even before you agree to a membership. This fee is non-refundable and they charge you with this even if their terms and conditions imply that the activation fee is only applicable once you agree to a membership.If you do not return the information package within the free trial period, you will be charged a monthly membership fee of $29.95 for one whole year. They do have this information buried deep in the fine print, but very few people read this part in the terms and conditions. And the worst part is that you are forced to pay the activation fee of $49.95 during the free trial period and not when you actually sign up for membership.A reputable company should not have to resort to devious practices and misleading advertising to persuade customers to join. You may think Global Travel holds the key to financial success, but many are complaining about some of their unethical practices. The general consensus is that you should invest your time and money in a more worthwhile and trusted home-based business opportunity.
It is common knowledge that smoking kills, well it also steals your health and affects your fitness. Most of us are affected by smoke in one way or another, either we inhale it purposefully or we are passive smokers because a loved one insists on puffing away around us. This article takes a look at how health and fitness are affected by smoking and the seriousness of the impact it has on our lives.When you smoke the carbon monoxide from smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that gets absorbed into the blood. Carbon monoxide also lessens the level of oxygen that is released to the muscles from the blood. It also causes the mucous membranes in the lungs to swell, leading in turn to increased resistance in the airways.Cigarettes contain tar and the tar coats the lungs and causes the elasticity in the air sacs to reduce, which in turn reduces the absorption of oxygen. When you smoke the cleaning function of the lungs is greatly reduced, which allows pollutants to remain in the lungs and tubes, giving rise to various illnesses.Your heart has to work harder to make up for the lack of oxygen in the body due to the effects of carbon monoxide and the airways resistance. Nicotine increases the heart rate and blood pressure and causes a decrease in the flow of blood to the body.Smoking has a negative impact on physical endurance and increases fatigue especially during and after exercising because it reduces the intake of oxygen.The ill effects of smoking on health are numerous and quite scary. There is a definite association between smoking and cancers of the mouth, throat, bladder, pancreas, kidneys and lungs. Breathing difficulties and heart ailments caused by smoking tend to affect longevity negatively. When you smoke you can look forward to a thickening of the arteries, blood clots and heart trouble. Emphysema can kill and the reduction in stamina sets you up for a whole lot of other illnesses to invade the body.Passive smoking is also a killer and the sad part is we are killing the very people we love, every time we light up a cigarette and pollute the air.Smoking damages the environment and causes everything around us to stink. The burning question is why would we want to smoke when we know just how dangerously it can affect health and fitness?