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15 ways business travelers can save on their next business trip (and the benefits for them if they do)
Sure, it’s nice to be able to save your company money on business travel, but have you thought about why doing so may be in your own best interest?
American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), the world’s largest business travel agency, is strengthening its foothold in Finland as SMT starts using the name of its parent company on 29 October 2018. Finnish business travellers and business event organisers will not be forgotten, however; our local expertise will remain in place and be supplemented by the benefits brought about by international volume and service selection.
At work, we find it easier to do things ourselves, as delegating them feels more challenging. Why do we continue to do this, even though someone else could do the same thing better and quicker? This would also save your precious time for something more important.
So you may use surveys and other tools to learn more about the experiences of your travelers for inspiration on how to fine-tune the travel program, but today we’re turning the tables on all you travel managers (TM). After all, you are an essential ingredient in the success of the company’s travel program and what kind of manager you are sets the entire tone. So read the five types of TMs we’ve profiled below to see where you’re crushing it and where there’s room for improvement.
A contract is a shared promise. For travel services, it is the intention of both parties to engage in something larger. This intention needs to materialise in the correct manner. Good planning and flawless purchasing are no longer enough. What happens after the purchase has been made? Is it being implemented as planned? Who is tracking it?
Once again, it is that time of the year when budget proposals are floating on companies’ desks and competing with other critical deadlines. Does this grind your gears? We will give you a few tips that can save time while budgeting, controlling travel costs and arranging competitive bidding for service providers as well as catering to insurance companies’ needs, both now and in the future.
Increasing savings for many companies can be a long game strategy rather than an instantaneous win. This was true for one of our customers in Latin America, Grupo Alfa, who has more than 50 subsidiaries and 10,000 travelers. One way they wanted to increase their savings was by consolidating all of their subsidiary travel programs and adopting an online booking strategy to alleviate their onsite booking. Find out how they succeeded.
It’s one of the biggest compliance struggles travel managers have: getting their business travelers to book their overnight stays through the company-approved tools. With direct booking through hotel apps and online travel agencies gaining popularity, it’s been a hard battle to win. To help boost your hotel attachment rate, American Express Global Business Travel has identified five types of business travelers, what it is they are seeking from their hotel booking experience and how, together, we can best fulfill their needs. Find it out here
Of course, anyone who regularly travels for business or works in the travel department of a company knows how much the airline carriers look for clever ways to jack up prices. Hotels are no different, and they are earning a staggering amount of money doing so. Find out the eight hidden costs and how to avoid them.