Advice for new frequent business traveler?
Page 1 of 7 12345 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 96
  1. #1
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 62,896, Level: 77
    Level completed: 78%, Points required for next Level: 354
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    4,195
    Points
    62,896
    Level
    77
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 177
    Given: 159

    Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    So I have accepted a new position at work where I will be traveling pretty much every week. Since I haven't traveled much for work in the past, looking for some advice/tips from those who travel often for work. Some details:

    1) Have to book all travel through company's online travel service using company issued credit card
    2) Live in Chicago burbs, so will be flying out of either airport
    3) Will travel to same location for ~3 months, then on to next location - repeat

    I assume I'll try to book air, car and hotel with same provider as much as possible to build points/miles. What else can others think of that would be helpful? Thanks in advance.



  2. #2
    Addict
    Points: 120,848, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 37.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience PointsSocial
    Cycsk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    9,844
    Points
    120,848
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 513
    Given: 460

    Re: Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    Join the club of your preferred airline so that you can get access to their private lounge. Well worth it for those long delays. Comfortable, quiet surroundings and only other pro travelers there. Once you experience it, you will cringe when you have to slum it at an airport without a private lounge.



  3. #3
    Hooper drives the boat, Chief
    Points: 607,866, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 37.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialYour first GroupVeteran50000 Experience PointsRecommendation Second Class
    Mr Janny's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    22,966
    Points
    607,866
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,792
    Given: 168

    Re: Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaCy View Post
    So I have accepted a new position at work where I will be traveling pretty much every week. Since I haven't traveled much for work in the past, looking for some advice/tips from those who travel often for work. Some details:

    1) Have to book all travel through company's online travel service using company issued credit card
    2) Live in Chicago burbs, so will be flying out of either airport
    3) Will travel to same location for ~3 months, then on to next location - repeat

    I assume I'll try to book air, car and hotel with same provider as much as possible to build points/miles. What else can others think of that would be helpful? Thanks in advance.
    Yep, try to stick with the same airline if possible, same family of hotels, same rental car place. United is a good bet, if you'll be flying out of O'Hare. O'Hare has a reputation for being a bad airport. From my experience, it's hard to disagree, but sometimes I wonder if it's because I was always flying on little puddle jumper flights to and from Des Moines. It might be better for other destinations.

    Learn to pack light. Even if your work is paying for your expenses, avoiding baggage handling and going with a carry-on only is much better. Save you a ton of time.


    "What a horrible night to have a curse."
    -Simon Belmont

    "Please bury me with all my stuff, because you know it's mine..."
    -Master Shake

    "Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood."
    -Lorem Ipsum

  4. #4
    Hooper drives the boat, Chief
    Points: 607,866, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 37.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialYour first GroupVeteran50000 Experience PointsRecommendation Second Class
    Mr Janny's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    22,966
    Points
    607,866
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,792
    Given: 168

    Re: Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    Join the club of your preferred airline so that you can get access to their private lounge. Well worth it for those long delays. Comfortable, quiet surroundings and only other pro travelers there. Once you experience it, you will cringe when you have to slum it at an airport without a private lounge.
    United's red carpet lounge is overrated. The best part is the agents inside the club. They never have lines, and you can change your flights a lot easier. Other than that, big whoop.


    "What a horrible night to have a curse."
    -Simon Belmont

    "Please bury me with all my stuff, because you know it's mine..."
    -Master Shake

    "Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood."
    -Lorem Ipsum

  5. #5
    Addict
    Points: 102,131, Level: 99
    Level completed: 55%, Points required for next Level: 919
    Overall activity: 19.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    JP4CY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Sommerset
    Posts
    6,647
    Points
    102,131
    Level
    99
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 580
    Given: 232

    Re: Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    Do you use the company credit card for everything on the road, or do you expense yours?
    There are a lot of companies that give great rewards on fuel, food, etc.



  6. #6
    Addict
    Points: 69,916, Level: 82
    Level completed: 10%, Points required for next Level: 1,534
    Overall activity: 13.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Northwest Arkansas
    Posts
    5,430
    Points
    69,916
    Level
    82
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 132
    Given: 128

    Re: Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    Hilton's frequent stay program Hilton Honors lets you gain points and airline miles on every stay.

    Flyertalk is a great forum for research.

    Find a good hotel in each town and stay at it each time, once you become a regular you will be more likely to get freebies or not be walked.

    Being walked from a hotel isn't a bad deal. Typically you can get some free points from it if you complain to them afterwards.



  7. #7
    Addict
    Points: 64,875, Level: 79
    Level completed: 2%, Points required for next Level: 1,575
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    5,200
    Points
    64,875
    Level
    79
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 251
    Given: 54

    Re: Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaCy View Post
    So I have accepted a new position at work where I will be traveling pretty much every week. Since I haven't traveled much for work in the past, looking for some advice/tips from those who travel often for work. Some details:

    1) Have to book all travel through company's online travel service using company issued credit card
    2) Live in Chicago burbs, so will be flying out of either airport
    3) Will travel to same location for ~3 months, then on to next location - repeat

    I assume I'll try to book air, car and hotel with same provider as much as possible to build points/miles. What else can others think of that would be helpful? Thanks in advance.
    The earlier the flight, the better, especially if you're flying out of O'Hare.



  8. #8
    Pro
    Points: 58,513, Level: 74
    Level completed: 98%, Points required for next Level: 37
    Overall activity: 6.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    intrepid27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Marion, IA
    Posts
    2,664
    Points
    58,513
    Level
    74
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 140
    Given: 171

    Re: Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    Invest in good luggage and travel smart clothes. Socks and underwear that dry overnight, wrinkle free shirts, pants, etc.



    "We don't have thugs." - Fran McCaffery

  9. #9
    square root(31) = 5.56776436
    Points: 505,444, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 10.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialYour first GroupVeteran50000 Experience PointsRecommendation Second Class
    Angie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    IA
    Posts
    17,776
    Points
    505,444
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 832
    Given: 3,434

    Re: Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    If possible, try and look for extended stay hotels or places where you can reliably get a fridge/microwave. It's a lot cheaper to get some food to keep at the hotel rather than go out to eat every night, even if you're given a per diem.

    Obviously join the hotel/airline frequency clubs. If you're using Hertz for your car most of the time, I'd really recommend the #1 club. Unlike the airline priority clubs, which I don't see as having a ton of practical perks, it's awesome to just be able to get to the rental pickup, see your name on a board, get in your car and go - much better than waiting in a long line to get your car.


    Last edited by Angie; 06-17-2014 at 11:36 AM.
    M 7/09

  10. #10
    All-Star
    Points: 32,725, Level: 55
    Level completed: 71%, Points required for next Level: 325
    Overall activity: 5.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    1,261
    Points
    32,725
    Level
    55
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 219
    Given: 13

    Re: Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    The worst reward program is one that gives you the opportunity to fly even more :-). Having traveled extensively over the years, the last thing I want to do is to go to an airport and spend more time there. Flying has become a real chore with all the changes in the last eight or ten years. Good luck and be sure not to let the job overtake your family life.



  11. #11
    All-Star
    Points: 25,863, Level: 49
    Level completed: 32%, Points required for next Level: 687
    Overall activity: 7.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points
    F5cy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Washington, D.C.
    Posts
    1,199
    Points
    25,863
    Level
    49
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 180
    Given: 77

    Re: Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    How many miles do you anticipate flying? There are some certain levels of flight miles for different programs that would be good to compare in advance so you can see which airline frequent flier program is best for you. Of course you may not have much of a choice if flying into smaller cities. Check flyertalk.com forums. Really good advice there




  12. #12
    Legend
    Points: 206,158, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 14.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    jbhtexas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Arlington, TX
    Posts
    11,083
    Points
    206,158
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 346
    Given: 249

    Re: Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    A few things I've noticed about carry-ons as of late...

    1) Airlines are getting more strict about the size, and on a couple of recent flights I've been on the agents were checking the size of all questionable bags. If the bag didn't fit in the bag gauge, it got tagged. And in at least a couple of cases, where somebody was trying to carry on a clearly oversized bag, they got charged a bag check fee. Not a pleasant scene, but fully warranted IMO.

    2) Overhead space usually fills up if the flight is close to full. If your travel service can't get you in an early boarding zone, there probably won't be room for your carry on, and it will get tagged at the door.

    3) If you need to use your computer on the flight, make sure your computer bag fits under the seat. See (2) above. I've got a Solo bag that has tons of room, yet has fit under every seat so far, including puddle jumpers.

    4) Some airlines (here's looking at you US Airways) are dreadful about getting your tagged carry-ons back up to the jetway in a timely manner. In a recent flight where my wife and I had a connection in Phoenix, we sat 30 minutes waiting for the gate, and then 20 minute in the jetway waiting for the checked carry-on to be brought up. We had to run across the airport to make the next flight. Same issue with the carry-on on the return trip connection in Phoenix.

    Not related to carry-ons, but it seems that there is a lot more waiting for gates after landing now, especially at ORD. You might consider this if having to make connections.

    You might also consider applying for the TSA Pre-Check program. At the security checkpoint, you don't have to remove belt, shoes, coat and laptop from your carry-on, and the Pre-Check lines are often shorter.

    Have fun!


    Last edited by jbhtexas; 06-17-2014 at 11:08 AM.
    "Don't worry Boss...they can't do nothin' 'til they're through sparklin'..."

    Avatar - America's new superhero...Cenex Guy

  13. #13
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 84,134, Level: 90
    Level completed: 22%, Points required for next Level: 1,416
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    3,626
    Points
    84,134
    Level
    90
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 26
    Given: 5

    Re: Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    Be nice and memorable to gate agents and flight attendants. When I flew a lot, especially through the same airports I would befriend the crews and agents on the ground to the point where we were on a true first name, how are the kids basis. The reason is if I needed things they usually were more helpful. I also have FAs that would grab me out of an economy seat and place me in first just based on friendliness.


    If you are on a per diem get a room with a fridge and microwave and if possible stove. Get the free breakfast as well. I could bank about $100 per week in excess per diem or more a lot of the time.



  14. #14
    Rookie
    Points: 16,380, Level: 38
    Level completed: 92%, Points required for next Level: 70
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points
    dtlantz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    573
    Points
    16,380
    Level
    38
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 13
    Given: 38

    Re: Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    Delta, Avis, and Marriott guy here.

    Invest in the TSA pre-check ASAP. Saves a lot of time. Air travel is the worst.



  15. #15
    Addict
    Points: 239,946, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 10.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsSocialVeteran

    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    9,252
    Points
    239,946
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 704
    Given: 503

    Re: Advice for new frequent business traveler?

    Get familiar with your expense reporting system. Learn what to do to make it as hassle-free as possible. Get organized with your receipts. You're going to have to spend time filing expense reports, might as well make it as simple as possible.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: Mediacom 22
  • HOOPS: Iowa State vs. Drake
  • December 20, 2014
  • 04:00 PM