I received an invite for an onsite interview for a corporate development focusing on acquisitions/investment from a global, well known company. It's definitely an interesting role and the brand is there, but I was told that I would have to eat the cost to fly out. Flight costs aren't cheap unless you book a few weeks in advance and it will quickly surpass 1K mark if they ask me to come in for a subsequent rounds of interviews.
I could push the interview date to as far as I could to get the cheapest flight possible, but then I just feel like I have more to lose than gain as I feel they may not want to foot the bill because I'm not their top tier candidate but want to see me nonetheless to confirm their belief. The company isn't doing bad at all either from financial perspective.
Am I missing out if I were to decline the interview solely on the fact that they want to remain risk-free in this process? How common is it for a company to not reimburse its candidates?