According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics Americans travel about 405 million miles in long-distance business trips every year. So how do you make the most of all those miles? Here are 5 tips for business travelers.
1) Hire a Car
Start your business trip out right, before you even get to the airport. Hire a comfortable SUV from Arrow Prestige Limousine and Coach to drop you off right at departures. You won’t have to drive through traffic, pay for parking, or trek through endless lots to get to ticketing and security.
2) Skip Security Lines
TSA offers a special program for frequent travelers called TSA Pre✓. You can apply to this program and pay a fee of $85 for five years and you will receive an expedited security screening process. You will not be required to remove laptops and liquids from your bag and you can keep on your shoes, jacket and belt. This line moves quickly and can save you a lot of time over the course of five years of business travel.
3) Customer Loyalty
There are a lot of ways to search for the best price, but sometimes sacrificing a few dollars to remain loyal to a particular hotel or airline can payoff. Many airlines and hotels offer loyalty points programs, but in addition to just points, often a familiar face is rewarded too. Hotels are more likely to give upgrades and special services to someone they know is a regular. In addition, you always know what to expect. If you are satisfied with the service and amenities, stick with it and your loyalty will pay off.
4) Make the Most of It
See what is going on in your destination city. Is there an educational event, trade conference or networking event happening while you are in town? Do you have contacts you would like to meet in person? Maximize your time away so that your travel accomplishes more than one goal.
5) Local Fare
Make your stay more fun by getting to know the area. Finding the best local food and hangouts is easier now than ever before. Use apps like Yelp or TripAdvisor to find the best food in your price range. Better yet, ask your local clients or contacts. They will be pleased to share their favorites with you.
Enjoy What You Do!
Business travel can be exhausting, but with the right attitude it can advance your work and be fun. Do what you can to get the most out of your travels so that you can enjoy it!