With the cost of travel being the third largest expense a business faces, it is only natural that you would want to research and weigh up your options before making such an important business decision. Our team of highly experienced and knowledgeable consultants focus on your budget and needs whilst effectively reducing travel spend. If you still need convincing of what other benefits a travel consultant could add to your corporate travel programme, then here are a few reasons listed below.
Holding the Knowledge
You may think you are better researching a trip yourself but if it is an area you are not familiar with or with an airline you have not booked with before, this may not be the case. A travel consultant holds invaluable information and experience like knowing when a flight price is likely to drop, what route is quicker or what airline will save you more money in a higher class of travel. These are simple, everyday tasks for Business Travel Consultants that will help save you time and money by using their skill and knowledge base. A travel consultant will have access to a system that compares thousands of suppliers at the same time, generating fares from a direct API which will save you hours of trawling through lots of different websites and avoiding the nasty surprise of any hidden fees.
Vaccination and Health Advice
Business Travel Consultants have invaluable expertise that have grown through years of experience in dealing with all sorts of complex journeys. This means they’re able to advise you on items relating to your trip that you may not have thought of, such as the validation period on a passport for certain countries or what vaccinations you’ll need to visit a destination. They can supply advice on how to apply for a visa; and the cultures and customs in a specific city. Business Travel Consultants can even recommend or help you find a pit stop destination along the way – if such an opportunity for you to relax and see something unique should be available.
Assistance in a Crisis
If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to find yourself in a situation where you are facing a long flight delay or cancellation, you’ll know that it can be a frustrating experience. Spending hours queueing at the airport, trying to find a new flight or an alternative mode of travel is not an ideal way to be spending your time. Another frustrating situation can be arriving at the hotel check in desk in the small hours to be advised there has been a mistake and they have double-booked your room.
Snow on the runway, air strikes, natural disasters such as erupting volcanoes and sadly having to deal with terrorism related incidents are just a few things our business travel consultants have knowledge in dealing with. Whether you need assistance with booking a new flight or help dealing with the now not so favourite airline that cancelled your original flight, having a dedicated Business Travel Consultant gives you peace of mind knowing they can help efficiently, with your safety and welfare in mind.
If something goes wrong and you can no longer travel, what do you do if your whole trip is non-refundable? You lose your money and a lot of energy on something you may not be able to change. Although in theory the same rules apply if booked via a consultant, there is a difference that a Travel Management Company have built the foundations for good strong relationships with air, hotel and other ancillary suppliers. This means a Business Travel consultant may stand in better stead when it comes to calling in a few favours.
These are just a few examples of how a Business Travel Consultant can outweigh the internet or your own time booking travel, resulting in time saved and value added to your travel programme. If you would like to find out more, we can provide you with plenty more reasons, just contact us online and we will be in touch.
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