10 Tips

How to get the most out of your business travel - Lauren Custance, news and features writer at Business Traveller magazine

1

Join the club

The club or executive floors of hotels can end up saving you money. Most hotel chains will charge around £30-£50 for an upgrade to a club room, but this additional expense can be worth it as it gives you access to a dedicated lounge where food and drinks are free. If you take all your meals there and use the club room as a venue for conducting meetings, your expense account is free for other, possibly more productive, uses.

2

Get your beauty sleep

The best way to avoid jet lag is to set your watch to the time at your destination and sleep when they sleep. If you are taking an overnight flight and need to arrive at your destination ready for a day at work, find out if your airline has dedicated sleep zones on the aircraft.

3

Que?

Not speaking the language can be one of the biggest hurdles when visiting a foreign city; and thumbing through a phrase book can be just as frustrating.

Kwikpoint have a tiny gadget that holds diagrams of over 600 travel-related items and situations.

Reassuringly, Afghan and Iraqi versions of the device are currently used in the field by the US military – with pictures for urgent situations such as “I surrender” and “my jeep has been ambushed”.


4

Carry on packing

Pack lightly and take hand luggage only. That way, you won’t be waiting by the carousel, and won’t risk having to wear the same outfit for the days you are away if your bags are lost.

5

Beat the crowds

First and business class check in is often available through airline websites, which means you not only get to choose where you sit, but can arrive a little later.

6

Stretch your legs

If you are flying economy, ask at check-in if you can have a seat near the emergency exits. This allows more leg room and the chance to be first into the life jackets should there be an emergency.

7

Walk, don’t run

The cheapest way to fly long haul is nondirect.

Although it is tempting to leave a tight transfer time between planes, don’t – it will lead to stress and missed flights.

8

Put your feet up

You do not have to fly business and first to have access to a lounge.

Some airports now have facilities available for around £20. This not only allows you to read the paper with a cup of tea and a biscuit, but you can also get a bit of work done.

9

Get the right connection

Taxis are expensive, especially when travelling to and from the airport. Where available, use airport rail links instead.

10

Stay online

Boeing has a system that allows passengers to send e-mails and surf the web while onboard the aircraft. So far, this is available only on Lufthansa flights out of Germany, but more will follow.

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