Besides multi-trip insurance and a great credit card with reward points
Businesses and entrepreneurs looking to save money usually look at multi-trip international medical insurance and which credit card has the best reward points, but in these days of cost-cutting, how else can you save when work forces you to take to the road or to the skies?
For some good tips, we’re republishing the link to the New York Times “Business on a Shoestring” Travel Guide below. Unlike travel for pleasure, business travelers often don’t have the choice of locations, airlines, off-peak season travel, or a number of other money-saving options. However whether you’re traveling to check on a field office, manufacturing quality control, training local staff or purchasing, you do have some options if you have a travel allowance or per diem.
- Consider hotels that include WiFi and breakfast, parking, office space, and meeting rooms in the nightly rate.
- Consider if you need to rent a car, or be as close to the factory, office, conference,…since sometimes you can save by choosing a hotel a mile or two farther away. If the company you are working with has a driver and can pick you up or if the conference has a shuttle service all the better.
- Consider doing your own laundry or taking it down the street to a dry cleaner yourself if you’re in town more than a week or two.
- Consider a hotel room with a kitchen or an extended stay hotel if you will be there longer. Not only will you eat cheaper but possibly better.
- Ask the concierge where the closest local market is and buy fruit, instant oatmeal, for snacking and late nights.
- If you are the one paying, consider lunch meetings instead of dinners out when entertaining.
- Have your assistant or travel agent purchase a full-fare coach seat (called a Y-Up fare) since they are eligible for automatic upgrades. that can be handy if you’re choosing to forego first class. Also check out ThePointsGuy’s guide to business airtravel at http://thepointsguy.com/2013/08/top-10-ways-to-get-a-better-economy-seat/
- Also, always check www.seatguru.com since better seats with more legroom may be available.
The New York Times “Business on a Shoestring” Travel Guide: