Business Travel Tips
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Business travel is almost inevitable at some point or another. You may have to fly to meet a new client or drive to meet a distributor. Whatever the reason that you are traveling for business, it can be more expensive for the small business owner. Owning your own small business is not a small task, but you also don’t have an expansive expense account to fall back onto. Most small business travelers have to pay for their expenses out of their own pocket. In response to this, several businesses have made it more affordable for business owners to travel inexpensively without having to compromise luxury. Here are few tips to travel nicely without breaking the bank.

1. Don’t Stress About Flight Prices: Fares go up every year, but if you stick to the competitive airlines, they are going to be offering low fares on popular flights. Also, if you see a good fare, grab it before it’s too late.

2. The Internet is Great for Car Rentals, but Better Deals Can be Found on the Good Ole’ Telephone: Many car rental companies have great Internet rates, but there are often special car rates available to callers. Also, don’t purchase gas from the car rental; it’s rip-off. Also, don’t over insure yourself either.

3. Watch for Extra Hotel Fees: The extra fees are popping up all over the place. From $10 to connect to the Internet to $50 early arrival fees. If your hotel tries to charge fees without forewarning you, you can often talk your way out of paying them.

4. Don’t Book Your Room Just Yet: Hotel rooms are considered “perishable” commodities. Consider looking at websites that offer rates below the published rate or call the hotel direct at the last minute.

5. Bring Your Own Lunch: Airlines are getting stingy with on flight meals and even their pillows. Bring your own little pillow instead of paying the airline for it.

6. Watch for Falling Airlines: Watch out for the little airlines that are going under. If you are going to book a flight, be sure it’s in the near future.

7. Always Check the Airline Websites: Airlines are offering great Internet deals. Pay attention to your email alerts, they can save you a bundle.

8. Find Business Travel Friendly Hotels: There are several hotels that are changing their faces. They are seeking the business of business travelers by making it more convenient for you to stay there. Take advantage of everything they have to offer the business traveler.

9. Request a Room next to the Nearest Router: If you are like most business travelers you depend on your wireless Internet connection. To ensure you get the best connection possible, request a room that is close to their nearest router, this ensures you can take advantage of their wireless Internet service.

10. Request GPS: Many rental car companies are installing GPS systems into their cars. This is a great service and well worth the additional fee. Save yourself a lot of headache traveling in foreign cities by taking advantage of this new inexpensive service.

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