Top tips for every air traveller
Business travellers will all be doing their
very best to save time and money during these difficult economic
times. We hope these ten travel tips, courtesy PrivateFly
goes some way to help you to achieve your cost saving goals:
Tip #2– How to save time and money on business travel
Shop around online. Whatever mode of transport
you are taking it pays to compare operators. Prices can
vary considerably and a quoted price can contain 'hidden
extras' so ensure you are comparing like with like. Online
price comparison platforms can make this a less time-consuming
2/ Travel as light as possible.
Not only will you be more comfortable but you could
save a significant amount of time, money and avoid the aggravation
of lost luggage by just having carry-on luggage. Scheduled
and low cost airlines are increasingly adding extra costs
to their fares if you want to check in a bag.
3/ Consider the use of private
can be cheaper than you think. Many people assume that chartering
your own plane is only for the very wealthy, but with some
careful planning it can be surprisingly cost-effective.
We recently flew a team from a City law firm from Nantes
in France, to Fairoaks in Surrey at a cost of £440
per head. Using scheduled airlines, the firm would have
paid £541 per head, even for an economy class fare.
4/ Use time in the air to
save costs (and time) on the ground. If
you go by scheduled airline, work away on your laptop. If
you take a private jet, then hold meetings and eat lunch
5/ Avoid overnight stay, wherever
possible. This will help you to save hundreds
of pounds in hotel and restaurant bills. With private jet
charter, outbound and return flights can be timed to fit
in with your busy schedule.
6/ If you
do need to stay overnight, choose
your hotel carefully. You can make significant
savings on the rack rate by booking ahead or searching online
for deals. And choosing a hotel closest to your destination
can obviously have an impact on taxi fares, not to mention
your schedule. For frequent travellers it pays to choose
the same hotel or group each time you travel: you can use
their loyalty scheme.
If you can be flexible on
you can often make savings on any mode of transport. For
private jet travel, many operators offer 'empty sector'
flights, which mean they sell the return portion of a single
journey at a highly-subsidised rate, as the operator needs
to get their aircraft back to base.
8/ For those
choosing private aviation, it also pays to consider your
booking options. Fractional
ownership or card schemes, (where you buy
a block of flying hours) are available and do guarantee
availability – but come at a cost to cash flow as
they involve upfront financial commitment. Ad-hoc charter
(i.e. booking a plane when the aircraft’s owner isn’t
using it), is effectively subsidised flying and allows you
to choose the most suitable aircraft for each journey, rather
than being committed to one aircraft type (as is usually
the case with fractional schemes). So you can ensure you
get the right aircraft for the best possible price.
9/ Minimise taxi, parking
and hire car costs. Select airports closest
to your departure and destination points. There are many
airfield finder tools online e.g. http://www.privatefly.com/private-jet-airport-locater.html
10/ Think about your technology.
You can easily avoid paying for internet access if you plan
ahead – many airports and hotels offer free WiFi.
You should also check the rules for bringing telecoms equipment
such as a personal VPN device into some countries. And,
don’t forget to take pen and paper, in case your technology