How to Get the Most Convenience Out of Your Business Travel

When you’re traveling for business, you have to be able to rely on your transportation options. And as a businessman or woman, you understand the value of time and money better than most. When it comes to traveling from place to place, there are few things that can serve you as well as a bus.

The first and foremost reason why you should travel by bus is that it is cheaper than other options. It’s true that if you’re getting on a plane in Seattle, Washington and flying to Orlando, Florida, the flight will probably be cheaper than the bus ride. But the distance from Seattle to Orlando is too great for most people’s business trips. And when you look at shorter distances–say, New York City to Philadelphia–you’ll see that the bus is much less expensive than flying or taking a train or driving yourself.

And not only are buses more affordable than other methods of transportation, but they also give you a lot of bang for your buck with their convenience and amenities. Buses often offer wireless Internet access so you can check your email or do research online while your bus travels along its route. Some even offer electrical outlets near each seat so you can charge your laptop or cellphone without having to run down its battery life while looking around for an outlet

For most of my business trips, I drive instead of flying. I prefer driving because the travel time is my work time.

I don’t want to waste any more of my work time than I have to. When I fly, I have to get to the airport two hours early and go through security. Then, if my flight is delayed due to weather or mechanical problems, that’s another hour or so of waiting at the airport. Plus, if I have a connection, that’s another hour (or two or three) of waiting. With driving, you can leave when you want, take a break when you need one and determine your own route.

If you’re like me and drive a lot for business travel, there are some tips to help make the most of your trip:

1. Get an EZ Pass

2. Fill up with gas before crossing state lines

3. Use Waze for traffic updates

4. Look for hotels with free breakfast

I’ve traveled all over the world in first class on a business traveler’s dollar. And I want to teach you how to do it.

There are special websites, credit card deals, and other tricks that can get you more comfort, convenience, and even luxury than you ever thought possible with a business travel budget.

To begin with: don’t buy any airline tickets until you read my guide to frequent flier miles! You’ll be amazed at what you can do with the right credit cards and a little patience.

And here are my top five tips for getting the most out of your hotel experience:

1. Use the right credit cards when booking your room. Some will give you free upgrades or other perks, but only if you book directly through them. (See my guide for details.)

“Buy your tickets before you leave home.

You will save money and avoid the hassle of trying to buy a ticket at an airport, especially if you need to wait for availability in a business class cabin.

If you are not flying from your home city, call the airline that flys out of your local airport and ask for their “city ticket office”. They’ll give you the number of the nearest agent that can sell you tickets.

Tickets can also be bought on the phone or over the internet. Be sure to check prices at sites like Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz. These sites can sometimes get better deals than you can by calling the airlines directly.”

I’m going to take a risky stand and suggest that the best way to buy plane tickets is to go to a good travel agent. Travel agents make their money by charging you a service fee, but they can save you a lot of hassle because they see the whole market, whereas most people see only their own piece of it. If you’re traveling on business, your employer should be paying for the convenience of using a travel agent, so you might as well get the benefit.

Of course, there are things that only you can do: no one else will know when you want to visit Aunt Tilly in Boca Raton as well as you do. But if your trip is more than a few hundred dollars, or involves anything complicated like round-the-world tickets or connections between different airlines on the same day, it’s worth asking an agent what she thinks. And if she says she doesn’t think much of your plans, don’t assume she’s trying to get her hands on the commission from the more expensive thing you could buy instead—it’s not worth her time to argue with customers who don’t listen.

The reason it’s hard for amateurs buying plane tickets to outsmart travel agents is that big companies have long since figured out how not to

When I travel for work, I use the ticketing machine at the bus stop. It’s fast, it doesn’t have any fees, and it can take credit cards. The lines at the ticket window are often very long, but the ones to the ticketing machines are always short.

The only issue with using the ticketing machine is that it can do only one transaction at a time. If you’re traveling by yourself, this is fine. But what if you’re traveling in a group and need to buy multiple tickets?

If you want to be able to buy multiple tickets at once with your card and not have other people see your card number, there is a clever method you can use. You’ll need two IDs (e.g., your credit card and driver’s license), and it’ll need to be for two people. The first person sticks their ID in the slot on the front of the machine and then punches in their zip code when prompted. Then they click “yes” when asked if they want to buy another ticket with their card, but do not actually select a fare or enter any payment information. Then you put your ID into the machine and punch in your zip code when prompted. When asked whether or not you want to pay with someone else

This week’s tip is a bit unusual. I’m going to talk about why you should always keep your bus ticket when you travel on business.

When you’re traveling by bus, you might be tempted to throw away your ticket as soon as the journey is over. After all, what use is it?

But when you get home, I want you to go through all the bus tickets you’ve got and see if there are any common destinations. If there are, that’s where your next trip should be! You don’t have to waste time and money going to a city that you’ve already been to recently, when there’s somewhere new out there waiting for you.

Obviously, if your company has a travel department that chooses your destinations, this won’t work. But if you can make all your own travel arrangements – and why shouldn’t you? – then it’s worth keeping those tickets whenever you take a trip.

Next week: how to use your taxi receipts to find the most exciting bars in town!

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