What to Consider When Selecting the Best Business Travel Agency for Your Needs
by Cassie Sclafani, on September 25, 2016
Finding the right business travel agency can be a difficult decision. There are a lot of details to consider and a lot of options out there. But the right agency can take the hassle out of travel, while also reducing the time and costs associated with the typical business trip. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a business travel agency:
Do they offer tiered packages that align with your needs and budget? Like most things in the business world, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. Every company has different needs and requirements when it comes to business travel. Finding a travel management company that understands your needs is crucial. If they can’t provide all the tools you’re looking for, then travel can be increasingly stressful and difficult. Here are a few services that may make business travel easier:
- Integrated business travel and expense reporting
- Fast implementation
- In-house 24/7 Support
- 24/7 booking by phone, email or live chat
- Personalized vendor negotiations to reduce costs
Do you need helpful tips and insight into your destinations? Whenever you’re traveling to a destination you’re not familiar with, a few tips can be helpful. Whether that involves the most convenient hotel or an area of town that might be of interest, you business travel agency should be able to provide background information on the destination. This leads to consistent, high-quality travel for every member of your team.
Does the travel agency use outside platforms to book travel? If a business travel agency is reliant on an outside technology platform, they may experience inefficiencies and downtime when you can least afford it. But with an in-house platform, they can control of all aspects of the travel booking experience, ultimately providing you with knowledge and bookings when you need it most.
Travel management can be a hassle, whether it’s booking reservations, contacting local vendors or organizing transportation. However, with the right business travel agency you can enjoy a seamless experience, where everything is taken care of before you step out of the office. Just remember to choose wisely when determining the right travel management company for your business, because that seamless experience can turn into a headache if your agency can’t provide exactly what you’re looking for.
By: Rob W.