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How to Book Business Travel Better for 2018

You want to be ahead of the competition when it comes to your business, so why not the same for your corporate travel needs? Read on to discover some of the top travel booking trends to look out for in 2018 and beyond.

  • Use a specialist travel agent

Although there are many occasions when booking your business travel through a website is quick and convenient, if you have a large team with regular and complex travel requirements it could be worth using a specialist corporate travel agent. It may sound archaic, but using an agent could streamline your travel arrangements and keep the process hassle free, allowing you to focus on other areas of your business where you’re most needed. Some experts are even suggesting that apps utilizing sophisticated AI will be able to undertake some of the more nuanced aspects of travel advice very soon, but for now at least your best bet is still a human!

  • Use your social media contacts

Why not reach out to your peers via platforms such as Twitter or LinkedIn – you discuss business matters in this way, so why not also business travel? You might be surprised to find who knows whom, or who knows of a deal, to help you out with your travel plans. Advancements in technology have made this easier than ever before and these days it’s all about working your social media contacts where you can get the message out to a large group of people like never before.

  • Think outside the hotel box

In the past hotels were often the obvious option for business travel, but that’s not necessarily the case nowadays. Services such as Airbnb and HomeAway have soared in popularity over recent years, and although you might be more familiar with them for leisure travel, they can be a great option for business too. You can usually get a larger space which will allow you to work in comfort, and you will have access to a kitchen so you don’t need to go out every time you need to eat – something that can get seriously tiresome if you’re a regular business traveller. Airbnb have stated that 15% of their bookings in 2017 came from corporate travel and it hopes to increase that number to 30% in the coming years – watch this space for better deals and an increase in service level geared towards business travellers.

  • Book a reliable car service

Your company is valuable, and using the right ground transportation is imperative to ensure that you are staying on top of your business needs. Make sure you don’t take unnecessary risks and book our luxury Chicago car service in advance of your trip – you can rely on our professional chauffeurs to get you to that important meeting or to catch your flight with ease and comfort, so you can keep your whole focus on the needs of your business, rather than being distracted by the stress of transport.

 

Posted on Jan 03 2018

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