The Top 10 Business Travel Mistakes
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) There is no company training on how to travel with your career future in mind, and that is a pity because what you don't know can cost you - maybe even lose you your job.
Traditionally, in most organizations, the graybeards mentored younger workers on the how-to of smart travel, but, lately, that communication channel has frayed due to generational incompatibilities, downsizing and more.
Gather round and listen up, because here you will discover the top ten ways to go drastically wrong when traveling for business.
1. Flying anything other than non-stop.
That's the advice from travel expert and blogger Chris McGinnis, who explained: "When you take a one-stop flight instead of a nonstop, you double your chances of encountering airport congestion related delays and frustrations."
Make it an unbreakable rule: if you can, fly non-stop -- and know you are much more likely to actually arrive at your destination on time. Even if the ticket costs more, it's worth it.
2. Checking a bag.
Just don't. It costs money, airlines lose them and you can comfortably do just about any business trip with the stuff that can be crammed in a carry-on.
That counsel is underlined in recent tips offered by employees at travel website Kayak, where a top tip is: "To save time, money and hassle, a golden rule at KAYAK is to never check a bag."
3. "Checking the box under the flight option of airports within 90 miles," said Lori Kleiman, author of Fire HR Now (CreateSpace, 2013).
She knows from personal experience when she checked that box. "I took a business trip once and flew to Lake Charles, Louisiana instead of Lafayette, Louisiana. Luckily the people at the rental car company were amazing, said it happens all the time and got me into a car and on the road to Lafayette. I made it to the meeting ten minutes late."
Look at a map. You don't want to fly to Kennedy Airport for a meeting in Jersey City, and you definitely don't want to fly to BWI for a meeting near the White House.
4. Not checking the distance between the hotel and the actual event.
That's the warning from Jerry Jao, CEO of Retention Science, and the point is real. You don't want to spend an hour commuting in a city you don't know.
Often travel agents are driven by costs and whatever corporate rates your organization has negotiated. Push back when the booking is illogical. A hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side does not work for an event at the Javits Center (W. 34th and 11th), period. Use maps and dispute hotel bookings where they make no logistical sense.
5. "Failing to make the best of a free trip to a new destination," said Scott Breon, director of analytics for vacation property management company Vacasa.