Let’s face it – corporate travel can sometimes be so much more of a hassle than it really should be. From jumping through the hoops with travel companies to hotel bookings, business travellers often do not have the patience to endure the trials of booking a stress-free corporate trip. Here are our top tips for overcoming a few inevitable and somewhat grating challenges of corporate travel!
I’d say one of the most frustrating things about any sort of travel, whether corporate or not, are the ever rising hotel prices. What goes up never seems to come down with regards to the price of accommodation these days. Not all travel management companies offer a wide range of hotel options that give you the most competitive hotel rates. As a result, you may end up going way above your spending limit. A great way to avoid this would be to look at booking corporate apartments instead of hotels. Corporate apartments provide you with all the luxuries of a hotel room, but for a much more reasonable price. Best part is, you can book an entire apartment instead of just one tiny hotel room!
Bravo! You have finally hit your 100k airline miles limit – this is great news because it entitles you to a myriad of perks and rewards. However, if you’re like many of us who happen to have those miles spread over a few carriers, this can be a problem. If you find yourself in such a situation, you should contact the airlines and enquire if they have a partnership with an airline that you have your miles racked up with. Alternatively, look for promotions and deals where you can use a portion of your miles to book separate round-trip flights. This would help you use up some of your miles to consolidate the number of airlines in which you have your miles spread out in.
No one enjoys sitting in a cramped economy class seat for hours and hours, let alone for long haul flights. No matter how tiny you are, it is never a great experience. Often when you decide to upgrade your seat to Business Class, you’ll be slapped in the face with an exorbitant and ridiculous upgrade bill. To get around this, try booking your flights during quieter times when demand is much lower. You may also be able to use your frequent flyer points to upgrade your seat as well, however, only certain tickets will be eligible for this option, so you’ll need to do your research.
Booking corporate travel can be an absolute pain if you do not have the right tools and system in place. If the technology or system that your company uses for travel bookings is outdated and just so yesterday, it’s time to have a chat with your key decision maker at work. Talk to them about the features that are necessary and offer up solutions that fit your corporate policy requirements.
Whilst corporate travel isn’t always the easiest or most fun experience, with a few ingenious hacks and tips, there are always ways to make your travel experience a little better. Whatever you do, make sure that it enables you to have the most enjoyable travel experience possible!