Of course the employer pays for the bill for most business travel. But if you are in business for yourself or the employer isn’t footing the bill, it is important to look for travel savings. If you are a recreational traveler, the tips outlined here will be of equal benefit to you.
Foremost in trying to ensure travel savings is careful planning. Nothing expands the travel budget more than the unexpected. The choice of a hotel that is located near your destination can save money and all-important time during your trip.
Another feature to look for when booking a hotel is a free airport shuttle service. This can save around $50 just getting from and returning to the airport. Also remember a taxi to the airport is expensive, if you don’t have a spouse or friend with the time to drop you off and pick you up at the airport consider staying at an airport motel. Many motels at airport locations offer free parking for the length of your travel when you book a room. This is a method that saves both time and money.
Car rentals are still a cost effective alternative to airport limos or taxis. An economy car rental may be the least expensive way to get from the airport and may also be the most efficient. Look for discounts and promotions that are offered by car rental companies, airlines and credit card companies as incentives. Your airline may offer a discount on a car rental from a partner company in conjunction with you airline ticket. Check your credit card, airline carrier and other sources for money saving travel deals.
Just because this is a corporate style trip, you don’t have to eat every meal in a restaurant. Getting deli takeout or a pizza for one night not only results in savings but also often give you much needed relaxation to concentration on your presentation. Your hotel will probably have a coffee maker and supplies. Bring along some breakfast bars and fruit to start the day off with a quiet breakfast in your room. Along with being kind to your budget, this way of starting your day will give you time for one more look at that presentation and notes of questions you need to ask.
Use the Internet to compare flight prices to your destination and compare hotel rates. Making your own travel reservations can result in travel savings; many hotels and airlines offer additional discounts and specials for booking online.
This also holds true for car rentals. Booking directly and making your plans yourself will also give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your itinerary exactly. This allows you to choose travel at precisely the times that are convenient to you and direct flights. Any and all time spent waiting for a connection or killing time in-between flights is likely to cost you money.
Time on your hands usually results in buying and consuming things you don’t really want to pass the time. Doing a bit of work and careful planning will give you extra time to concentrate on the purpose for your business travel and end up in travel savings.