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Business Travel Tips and Corporate Travel News

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Before, During, and After: Preparing for GBTA 2017  - Boston

In the corporate travel industry, there are few annual conferences that can compete with the level of networking, education and industry participants provided by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). This year’s tradeshow and conference will be held in Boston, MA on July 15th – 19th.

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Topics: Travel Management

Risk Management and Communication - What Travel Managers Need to Know

Having a risk management provider and a managed travel provider that can work together seamlessly is something that is quite unique and difficult to attain. It's often up to corporate travel managers to help integrate both messages to be sure that travelers are receiving the highest level of security that is availalbe to them. 

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What to Expect When Your Accept a Job that Requires Business Travel

There are certain emotions that are sure to accompany everyone when they start a new job - excitement, nervousness and determination being just a few. When frequent business travel is also a part of this equation, those who are not experience road warriors may veer more on the side of nervousness than others. So what exactly can you expect when you begin a new position that will require corporate travel? Here are just a few things to get you started: 

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Topics: Travel Management

Corporate Travel Industry Insiders Discuss Their Favorite Travel Products

Frequent travel is tedious, There is a lot of packing and unpacking, thousands of hours spent in the airport and/or in the sky, living out of a small suitcase and of course making a home away from home in whatever city or hotel you're in the next few days. 

There are tons of ways to make travel easier - from the big picture things like partnering with a corporate travel agency to make planning travel easier to simply having the best travel products to make life easier on yourself during your next business trip. Here are a few things that our own experienced corporate travelers say are must-have items during their business travel adventures: 

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Topics: Travel Tips, Travel Lifestyle

3 Tips to Avoid Hidden Fees While Booking Corporate Travel

As a travel manager or a travel procurement specialist, you are typically responsible for ensuring that business travel costs align appropriately with a corporate travel program. The hardest part about implementing and maintaining a successful business travel program, however, is that there are so many moving parts that are all part of the equation.

From business travelers to baggage fees to hotel cancellation policies and more, hidden fees are everywhere. Thankfully there are ways to primariliy avoid these costs and keep your travel program on a prosperous route. 

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Topics: Travel Management

3 Reasons to NOT Book Outside Your Travel Management Company

Considering booking outside of a corporate travel policy? All road warriors have been there for some reason or another. Sometimes it's about needing the right flight time to make a meeting, but sometimes it's just about traveler preference.

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4 Tips to Best Utilize Your Corporate Travel Reporting Data

Those not invovled in the corporate travel industry oftentimes do not realize the various components that are necessary to create a streamlined, functional travel program. Obviously there is the travel itself, but beyond booking flights and maintaining traveler satisfaction, what exactly is there to do in the managed travel sector? 

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Topics: Travel Management

Finding Balance Between Corporate Travel Compliance Levels and Traveler Satisfaction

The world of corporate travel is an ever-evolving concept. Trends come almost as quickly as they go. Priorities shift to accommodate advancements that are more common than not, leading to intrinsic relationships with corporate travel agencies to keep business travel policies as effective as possible.

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Topics: Travel Management

Mobile App Helps Expedite Customs During Global Business Travel

Road warriors are always on the lookout for the next advantage to save them time and effort during their travels. From booking corporate travel directly through a customized online booking tool to checking into their flights and arriving at the airport early and more, there are so many ways to harness energy and simplify travel. 

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Topics: Travel Management, Travel Trends

Corporate Travel Tips: Business Class VS First Class

The lines between first and business class on airlines have been muddled in recent years. People often ask us what the difference between the two is and want advice on which fares to book for their VIP travelers. The truth is that the variations between business and first class ultimately depend on many factors. 

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Topics: Travel Management, Travel Tips

 

Corporate Travel Tips: How to Gain Protection from Overbooked Flights 

Recent events have brought to light the practice of airline’s overbooking flights to maintain fuller flights. The practice of overselling a flight is quite common, but because of people that miss their flights, the act of actually having to bump a traveler is far less common. This procedure also helps to keep airfare lower.

Regardless of the slim chances that you will be the “chosen” overbooked flight bumpee, there are a few things you can do as a passenger to reduce those possibilities even more. 

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Topics: Travel Tips, Travel Lifestyle, Travel Trends

Procurement Savings: Consolidating Global Corporate Travel

A true travel management company provides customized and individualized corporate travel solutions for companies of any size that have a gloval travel progam. Many factors go into a successful global program including having an experienced account management who are at the ready to ensure delivery of consistent services and having access to globally consolidated travel reporting, which ultimately improves vendor leverage and your corporate travel program's bottom line. That, of course, is true of consolidated global corporate managed travel programs. 

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Topics: Travel Management

Business Travel in St. Louis: What to Visit and What to Skip

St. Louis: the gateway to the west and an emerging and business technology hub, home to companies like Monsanto, Express Scripts and Peabody Energy. It's geographical location and easy navigation makes it a favored corporate travel destination to many. But unlike many of the larger cities that road warriors often frequent for business travel meetings, travelers may find themselves oblivious of what to do in STL should they have any free time during their visit. Here is a great list of what to visit and what to skip from a St. Louis native:

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Topics: Travel Fun, Travel Lifestyle

Why VIP Matters - Corporate Travel for C-Suite and Executives

While all corporate travel clients deserve to receive the highest levels of attention and service, there are times when travel managers require additional, customized service for the most discerning travelers. To make the life of every travel manager and travel procurement professional a little less stressful, having the resource of a highly experienced corporate travel agent to give your most important corporate travelers the white glove treatment they have come to expect is invaluable. 

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Topics: Travel Management

4 Ways to Help Avoid Corporate Travel Burnout

The “cost” of corporate travel to the travelers themselves can be high - business travel is often a very fine balancing act for frequent travelers and when push comes to shove, there does come time when something falls through the cracks.  

Whether it is general job duties that are difficult to perform while out of office or maintaining a proper work-life balance, sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. Here are a few tips to help try and restore some of the missing balance that often accompanies the road warrior lifestyle:

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Corporate Travel News: What You Need to Know About the Electronic Device Carry-On Ban

Effective Friday, there are new safety regulations that will greatly affect global corporate travel for those with business all over the Middle East. The soon-to-be implemented security measures will ban all electronic devices – with the exception of smart phones – from being carried on to planes on flights that fly directly from many Middle Eastern and North African counties to the United States. 

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Topics: Travel Management, Travel Trends

Corporate Travel Spotlight: Unused Ticket Management and Travel Leakage

In the days of yore, there were physical tickets issues for corporate travel. While it didn’t ensure that a tickets went unused, it sure helped having a material reminder. Nowadays, all tickets are electronic and while that convenience is invaluable, it also makes it quite a bit easier to overlook any unused airfare tickets.

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Topics: Travel Management

6 Ways To Keep Your Sanity Intact During Corporate Travel

Corporate travel can take a toll on most people but there are certainly things for travelers to do to ensure that the stress of being a road warrior is well-managed. 

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Topics: Travel Tips, Travel Lifestyle

Travel Managers: Are You Prioritizing Work-Life Balance for Corporate Travelers?

Did you know that maintaining a positive work-life balance is emerging as a leading priority for the modern day business traveler? With more millennials than ever entering and influencing the workforce, it’s time for travel managers and employers to take note of the growing trend of improving this balance without compromising corporate travel ROI. 

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Topics: Travel Management, Travel Tips, Travel Lifestyle

Corporate Travel News: LaGuardia Airport Construction Navigation Update

New York City’s LaGuardia Airport is in the process of undergoing extreme renovations that may cause some delays requiring work-arounds for corporate travelers.

Renovations Affect Rental Car Shuttles

Corporate travel will be affected by extensive construction at LaGuardia Airport through 2018. These renovations prevent car rental shuttles from picking up customers at their terminals. 

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Topics: Travel Management, Travel Tips

 

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