Many companies today have put their heads in the sand and are ignoring how the sharing economy in the form of Airbnb has been creeping steadily into the corporate travel management world. At first blush, many people would casually ask, “What’s the big deal? Many vacation travelers love Airbnb so why not use it for business travelers? Are you crazy! Companies by law are responsible for the safety and security of their travelers when they are traveling for business. Think of the dozens of ways that using Airbnb could compromise the safety of corporate travelers. In a recent article by Asher and Lyric titled, “Is Airbnb Safe?” they reviewed 1021 horror stories to identify some of the major problems with renting Airbnb. The first thing they listed sent a shiver up my spine. Do you realize that “Airbnb doesn’t require any ID other than an email address and phone number? Basically, anyone could be your host. They don’t even require real names or profile photos.” This means your company travelers could end up staying with a convicted felon, a registered sex offender, a thief, or a conniving scam artist. WOW! Can you imagine the liability a company has if they allow their travelers to be exposed to this possible danger? CLICK HERE to read more about the Airbnb horror stories. I am not a lawyer, and can’t give you legal advice, but common sense says if you are responsible for the safety and security of your employees while they travel you should consider prohibiting them from using Airbnb for any company travel.
Unlimited Economy Plus annual subscriptions may be the best deal of the year for United flyers –
The United Airlines subscription program has a great feature that allows an annual subscription for you to receive upgrades to Economy Plus seating. Economy Plus provides up to 5 inches of extra seating and can be a lifesaver on long flights and especially international flights. The best deal is for an annual global subscription for $699 for one traveler, $899 for a traveler and a companion and $1099 for a traveler and up to 8 companions. If you take your family on one international flight you will save a lot of money compared to purchasing the upgrades on each leg of the trip. The domestic subscription is also reasonable for only $499. CLICK HERE to find out more.
United also offers monthly and annual subscription for Wi-Fi –
United Airlines is offering a pretty cool option for frequent travelers that want to take advantage of Wi-Fi to work while they are flying. The subscriptions come in the form of monthly or annual timelines. The cost for a monthly global pass is $69 while the annual global pass is $689. If you are a frequent traveler that flies 2 times a month on connecting flights you will be in 8 separate flights paying about $12 for each flight to connect up to Wi-Fi. That is about $98 compared to a $69 monthly subscription. More importantly, imagine having 8 to 16 hours of connection time in the sky and how much more work you can get done. P.S. You can also pay for the Wi-Fi subscription using United MileagePlus miles but it is not a good deal. CLICK HERE to read more.
Where can business travelers find the best hotel rates? –
Executive Travel took on the myth that Expedia offers the lowest hotel rates to see if Executive Travel negotiated hotel rates were competitive. Executive Travel compared hotel rates in 106 random cities and discovered that Executive Travel negotiated rates were lower than Expedia rates in 94 of the 106 cities by an average of $47.02. Finding the best prices for hotels for your next business trip is easy. Simply book your hotels with Executive Travel, the very best at negotiating hotel rates. CLICK HERE to see a short 60-second video with the results.
Most people will never fly enough to earn free airline tickets from an airline –
But, using the right credit cards can let most people fly free each year – A year ago I signed up for a very limited time offer for a Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card and earned 100,000 free miles that I can transfer to United or British Airways. That’s good for 2 or 4 domestic round-trip tickets or if I add another 25,000 miles to my United account I can have 125,000 miles which are enough for 2 free international coach ticket to Europe or 1 free business class ticket if I am flexible.
This Chase Sapphire Reserve Visa Card costs $450 annually but with it comes $300 in travel credit, free airport lounge access, free Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, and 50,000 miles. Today most travelers won’t earn enough airline miles to earn a free ticket every 5 years. Credit card points are where the action is today.
Attend our FREE Travel Night featuring the Nordic Countries and Alaska! –
Please join our FREE and exciting Travel Night next week. On Thursday, February 15th, at 6:30 PM, at The Harbor Coffeehouse (1265 S Cotner Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68510), we will feature two our most exciting journeys this year; the Nordic countries – Iceland, Norway, Sweden – and an amazing cruise to Alaska with a Denali National Park extension! Space is limited for this fun and free event, so make sure to RSVP by CLICKING HERE or call our friendly Group Department at 402-435-8888 to reserve your seat at The Harbor Coffeehouse next Thursday! We are looking forward to seeing you!
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