Can I travel by other than the lowest class of travel?
Generally, you must fly by coach class unless your agency approves a higher class based on circumstances justifying their use, such as when no coach-class accommodation is reasonably available, when use of other than coach class is necessary to accommodate a disability or other special medical need, or when required by agency mission considerations or exceptional security circumstances.

Travel by train is similar except that there is an additional exception when coach-class train accommodations on a foreign rail carrier do not provide adequate sanitation or health standards.

Generally, you are free to upgrade to a higher class of travel but the difference in cost is at your personal expense; you also can use frequent traveler credits or similar promotional benefits of programs you participate in personally to upgrade.

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