business travel

Business Stays At Home

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Business travelers now have a lot more options in choosing where to rest their weary heads.

There was a time when your choices for overnight lodging on a business trip were limited to commercial hotels. You could stay at a big chain with all the amenities or save your company money by staying at a more modest establishment. Now you can stay at a home while away from home.

According to The New York Times, many business travelers are now using Airbnb and other home sharing services such as Home Away over conventional hotels. Where once Airbnb and others just targeted tourists on a budget, they have now signed agreements with major firms such as American Express Business Travel, hoping to target the lucrative business segment looking for a better price and a touch of home.  read more »

The M Club Lounge

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The Marriott is checking into a whole new type of experience.

Last week Marriott hotels debuted it's M Club Lounge at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront. General Manager Clif Clark says the company is transforming itself. He says with the in-put of its customers Marriott was able to put together a place that combines the comfort of travel with the need to stay well connected.

At just over two thousand square feet the M Club Lounge is open 24 hours a day and is fully staffed during prime hours of operation. There's a breakfast buffet and an evening bar with complimentary appetizers and dessert. And since business hours vary all over the world the m club provides travelers with round the clock high speed internet, Wi-Fi printing and an iPad library.  read more »

Cheap Eating

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Traveling for business means expenses are covered; but not everyone is taking advantage of the free perks.

According to the New York Times most company expense reports show that business travelers are forgoing fine dining for convenience. Instead of steak and wine they are going for burgers and fries.

The company SpendSmart analyzes spending in all areas of business travel. It found that the number one most expensed restaurant was Starbucks. That was followed by McDonald’s and Subway. Other restaurants that top the list include Panera bread, Chipotle and Dunkin Doughnuts.  read more »