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Your Business Travel Suffering From The Crisis?

Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:30 pm

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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RE: Your Business Travel Suffering From The Crisis

Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:55 pm

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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RE: Your Business Travel Suffering From The Crisis

Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:49 am



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."
 
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RE: Your Business Travel Suffering From The Crisis

Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:42 am

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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RE: Your Business Travel Suffering From The Crisis

Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:08 am

No - it's not unlikely that it'll actually expand...  Smile
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RE: Your Business Travel Suffering From The Crisis

Mon Feb 23, 2009 3:10 am

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.
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RE: Your Business Travel Suffering From The Crisis

Mon Feb 23, 2009 3:58 pm



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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RE: Your Business Travel Suffering From The Crisis

Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:04 pm

It's good to work for yourself. I go where I please, when I please, and how I please. This year I will make 6 trips between the US and Vietnam always flying KE in prestige class. 12 trips between China and Vietnam on CZ in first. And at least 40 in-country flights on VN.

And the best thing is, my clients pay for everything and I easily maintain my DL platinum elite plus status.
 
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RE: Your Business Travel Suffering From The Crisis

Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:18 pm

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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