Many companies don’t think they have the budget for business class, but with smart planning there are a variety of options to save.
San Bruno, CA (PRWEB) September 27, 2012
New research shows that being comfortable while traveling is a top priority among business travelers. The most common complaint from 32 percent of business travelers is that they sometimes miss their “normal routine,” results from a recent eRewards Opinion Panel survey states. Thirty-four percent of those surveyed said “being away from home” was the most difficult part of business travel. But there is lots that can be done to make life on the road more comfortable, according to Tim Gibson, a spokesman for Alpha Flight Guru, a travel agency that specializes in helping travelers redeem credit card points and frequent flier miles for discount business class tickets.
“Regularly traveling for business can take its toll on people,” Gibson said. “Business flights are one way to help make a trip more comfortable and productive for employees while they are away from home. Many companies don’t think they have the budget for business class, but with smart planning there are a variety of options to save.”
Alpha Flight Guru has released a white paper that shows businesses the best ways to earn and redeem frequent flier miles. The paper can be downloaded for free at alphaflightguru.com/cfo and CFO.com. The paper outlines a four-step process for choosing the best credit cards based on business spending and where employees travel most.
“With over $50 billion in rewards points and miles being given away by the airlines and hotels each year, smart businesses should be taking advantage of the opportunity to save as much as 5 percent on travel spending,” Gibson said. “Flying business and first class not only makes travel more comfortable, but also offers the highest return value on rewards points.”
Alpha Flight Guru had these other suggestions for making business travel more comfortable:
- Join an airport club with the airline most frequently used or get a credit card that offers airline club access. The Delta Sky Club, American Airlines Admirals Club and others offer comfortable places to work and relax during long layovers.
- When possible, pack everything for your trip in a carry-on bag to avoid the potential stress of lost luggage. This saves time at baggage claim and provides additional flexibility if a flight is canceled.
- Along with trying to stick to one airline alliance, also try to use just one hotel chain and car rental agency to gain elite status. Consistent loyalty to one company can bring a variety of perks, including travel upgrades.
With business travel continuing to increases, the eRewards Opinion Panel survey of more than 550 business travelers also found that about 73 percent of respondents believed that traveling for work was the most effective way of doing business. While a third of those surveyed said they made an “important business connection” while socializing on a business trip.
AlphaFlightGuru.com provides access to deeply discounted international luxury flights. Through a combination of contract and consolidator fares, and redeeming frequent flier miles for client companies, AlphaFlightGuru.com saves its clients millions of dollars each year on luxury flights. With more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry, and access to exclusive deals, AlphaFlightGuru.com saves its customers money and time, and helps them fly in luxury on the world's best airlines.