Did you know that even with the ever-evolving transitions in technology (such as video teleconferencing and Skype) that business travel still accounts for 2.3 million jobs and almost 250 billion dollars in spending in the United States alone?
Yep, that’s a lot of air miles, rental cars, hotel receipts, and expense reports. To add to that, there was an article last May in USA Today that stated that there are more and more business travelers that are paying for business-related expenses. This is because they don’t want to have to deal with the hassle of reporting the fees and waiting to be reimbursed.
If you are someone who can relate, it would probably help to have some money-saving tips to keep your business travel costs down, right? Here are five ways that can make going out on the road easier on your wallet by being less financially stressful for you.
Book travel way in advance.
If you’re someone who flies a lot, you can probably relate to how shocking it is to see a ticket price change based on when you book it. Without fail, a 21-day plane ticket looks vastly different than a 7-day one. So, if you know that you’re going to be traveling, try and book the ticket as far ahead as possible.
If you have a last-minute situation, either go with a travel agent or look on the internet via companies like Priceline, Expedia, and Orbitz. A lot of those companies have exclusive 24-48 hour deals.
Other than Southwest, there are very few airlines that do not charge you for checking in your baggage, and based upon the weight and amount of your luggage; the fees can be a bit on the pricey side. Try and pack as little as possible and when it comes to generic toiletries like toothpaste and soap, either purchase travel sizes, use what’s offered at the hotel, and purchase the items that you need once you arrive.
Join loyalty clubs.
Say that you needed transportation from CT to JFK airport and so you rented a car? If you had a loyalty club card, it would’ve saved you at least a few dollars.
From airline and rental car companies to hotels and gas stations, all kinds of businesses offer special discounts to people who are frequent users of the services that they provide. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill out a membership form, they’re usually free, and the benefits, more times than not, are well worth it.
A1. I personally like to earn points in programs that allow transfers to airline miles, and book business class flights
— Jason Steele (@realjasonsteele) November 30, 2017
Stay in an extended-stay hotel.
If you’re going on a business trip for more than a couple of days, opt to stay in an extended-stay hotel. These usually come with suites that have a refrigerator and stove/microwave so that you don’t have to spend a lot of money eating out at restaurants. You can stop by a grocery store, pick up a couple of items, and cook from the privacy of your room.
Watch the Monday and Friday travel. It’s not written in stone, but if you look at a lot of the airline and rental car company fees, the prices tend to be higher on the day right before the weekend (Friday) and the day following it (Monday). Also, tickets that are midday tend to be more expensive as well.
So, when it can be avoided, steer clear of Monday and Friday travel. Use those days to pack (or better yet, rest), instead. As by now, you’re aware of how to travel in a business class, where do you plan to go? Snorkeling in Hawaii seems just about right, isn’t it?