TravelPlex counselors get asked quite a bit about the differences and benefits of taxi services versus the up and coming services of an UBER or Lyft. The growth of the sharing economy in corporate travel has been a challenge for both travel managers and travel management companies.

That said, it is unusual to see travel service providers square off in public on the battle between ridesharing services and traditional black car services.

While this is completely off base with anything travel related, we at TravelPlex felt that it was worthy enough to notify our travelers. Look, we know many of our travelers live stressful lives. Even if you’re not a traveler, you know someone who does lead a taxing life. Please pass this along to those you feel could benefit from such information. This information originates from the Mayo Clinic.

If you have flown into New York’s LaGuardia airport within the past few months, you’ve probably been met with gnarled traffic – trying to arrive at the airport as well as attempting to exit the facility. These traffic issues are not temporary, and the New York Port Authority is advising travelers that the revamping of the outdated airport can take as long as five years. If you know anything about projects as cumbersome as airport construction, you might want to tack a year or so onto that number.

The TSA recently recommended that travelers flying out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport arrive at least 2 to 2-and-a-half hours ahead of their scheduled departure due to traffic delays caused by airport construction.

While these travel blogs are usually aligned with travel tips and trends, we thought we would provide some information on something most people take for granted and put little thought into when purchasing. Of course, I’m talking about luggage.

For decades, luggage has stayed relatively unchanged, however, there are a number of new luggage concepts hitting the marketplace.

Since we continue to be asked the question about the practice of “open booking”, we thought it a good time to address this again. While the term open booking has been around a few years, people are becoming more aware of it as the practice increases to be viewed by traveler and arrangers both.  Open booking is the ability to book on any Internet site they choose (Travelocity, Expedia, etc.), and have the reservation captured and reported by the corporation's credit card company or online travel-and-expense system (i.e. Concur), by using various new internment technologies, such as TripLink. Some travelers feel this allows them more freedom to do what they want, while still providing adherence to policies, and allows all of their travel information to be captured.

However, before everyone starts jumping onto to their favorite travel website, there may be a few things you might want to consider.

My grandfather was full of wisdom and the older I get, the smarter he becomes! He used to tell me, “If it sounds too good to be true, it always is”. I’m sure you heard the same pearl of wisdom by one of your elders at some point in your life. Which is why I would like to pass along a nugget of truth for you to ponder. 

Be careful of incredibly low airfare prices. Frontier Airlines and Spirit have supplanted Southwest Airlines as the low-fare leaders in the airline industry. But you need to know the rest of the story.

This may not come as a shock to many, but for the second year in a row travel buyers rated National Car Rental as the most responsive car rental company, offering the best value in the industry. Accolades were earned by both Business Travel News as well as the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings. Meanwhile, Nationals’ sister companies, Enterprise and Alamo took home Platinum and Gold, respectively, in Money Magazine’s Best in Travel Awards 2016.

As anticipated – and no big surprise - American Airlines joined the ranks of United, Delta, and even Southwest Airlines, in giving their AAdvantage program a facelift.

Starting August 1, 2016 AAdvantage members will earn 5 miles per dollar spent, 7 miles for Gold status members and 8 for Platinum members. For those holding Elite Executive Platinum status, those travelers will receive 11 miles per dollar spent.

Almost everyone has heard of the recent security line debacles at airports across the country. The long wait times people are experiencing at search points in airports should cause many companies to consider requiring that their travelers get a TSA PreCheck pass so they can avoid the long airport security lines. TravelPlex recently had two companies contact us about the logistics of getting any traveler that flies for company business more than six times a year a PreCheck registration.

This month’s Memorable City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and with good reason. New York City is the heart and soul of business in the United States.

As a true “melting pot” of American culture, there is something for every style, taste and budget in New York City. Each “district” offers something completely unique to visitors. Uptown and the Broadway district offer travelers tastes, impressions, and yes, even smells, completely different from those found a few miles south in Little Italy or SoHo.

If you have flown recently, you have probably been witness to unusually longer lines at airport security lanes. Mr. Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security Director, is committed to easing this problem. Summer always means increased travel, as many families take to the friendly skies for their vacation. 

Mr. Johnson has outlined various methods to deal with the approaching problem...

TravelPlex has written a few articles in the past couple of years dealing with protecting your confidential information while traveling – on business or on personal trips. New cons and rip-offs seem to be popping up on a weekly basis. It’s as if people have nothing better to do than think of new ways to steal from travelers (people in general).

The latest scam involves a relatively innocent set-up...

TravelPlex wanted to provide you the latest news regarding the three major airlines (American, Delta and United Airlines) and the introduction of “multi-city fares”. As many of you have noticed, these actions are confusing to most travelers and have forced travelers (and companies) to pay hundreds – even thousands – more for the exact same itineraries.

Although this is being posted on April Fool’s day, this is not a joke. It seems that the perfect storm of big spring break mobs, intensified airport security measures and a deficit of TSA screeners is equaling longer security lines at airports across the country. With summer travel just around the corner, lines will only get worse.
 
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is asking flyers to check-in at least two hours prior to their flights. The agency is placing the blame on a tepid traveler response to the agency's PreCheck program.

Often times TravelPlex blogs are about travel per diems (car, hotel and food/beverage) and how they can fit in with a travel policy. While each company maintains a unique culture and objectives, there are ways to configure per diems into a travel policy. Remember, the better the travel policy, the greater the travel savings.

With that said, we want to pass along Business Travel News' 2016 Travel Per Diems. These are only to be used as guidelines, and their usefulness may vary depending on your travel program.

A recent study from Concur Solutions answers an age old question; “How much is last-minute business travel costing our company?” The report supplies evidence on how much money companies can save when a strong travel policy, plus the latest travel management technology, are effectively utilized and monitored.