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Your Business Travel Suffering From The Crisis?  
User currently offlineTmcn From Belgium, joined Jan 2009, 27 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4313 times:

Just wondering how many of you do already experience the effects of the global crisis on their business travel? I am not thinking of fewer trips because the business is suffering, but what about tighter budgets (e.g. economy instead of business), being asked to use your miles for business travel instead of holidays, no personal choice of preferred airliner but mandatory booking on cheapest carrier,...

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User currently offlineRoseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9511 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4287 times:

Yes our travel is restricted where I work. I haven't done any travel recently at all since we are tight on budget. It got me out of a trip to Greensboro North Carolina, so I'm ok with that.


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User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1003 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4230 times:



Quoting Tmcn (Thread starter):
I am not thinking of fewer trips because the business is suffering, but what about tighter budgets (e.g. economy instead of business... no personal choice of preferred airliner but mandatory booking on cheapest carrier,...

My company is kind of notorious for pinching pennies; we had those two rules before the economic crisis hit (at least for domestic travel; I've never had to travel internationally for work before so I'm not familiar with the rules for that). So about the only thing we can do is to take fewer trips, and we've been told that if we do absolutely have to travel to "be frugal."


User currently offlinePITingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1124 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4225 times:

No real change here. I've never worked at a company that allowed business class travel anyway. One or two pretended to allow it for sufficiently long flights, but in practice you could never get it approved anyway.

My current employer is trying to cut back travel a bit, with more telemeetings and such, but no oppressive mandatory rules about bookings yet; at least, nothing that wasn't already in place two years ago.



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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4197 times:

No - it's not unlikely that it'll actually expand...  Smile


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User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2598 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4157 times:

Not really. Our Brazilian owners already limited our business travel to the bare minimum and forbade J class travel within North America before the crisis struck.

User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22737 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4115 times:



Quoting Tmcn (Thread starter):
no personal choice of preferred airliner but mandatory booking on cheapest carrier,...

There's quite a lot of variability in these policies; many companies are going to tell you that if X and Y have a flight at the same time, you need to pick the cheaper one. Far fewer companies are going to tell you to wait around the airport 3 hours to save $50.



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User currently offlineTennis69 From Qatar, joined Apr 2007, 399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4058 times:
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User currently offlineEUROBUS From Spain, joined Nov 2004, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 3937 times:

I have lost my main business account  Sad An American company listed on the NYSE which global sales have dropped over a 60%, so there went my contract with them out the window. Travel throughout Southern Europe, London and MAD to America have come to an end.


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