Travelling for work can have a variety of benefits. However, it can also become a logistical and financial headache. Delayed flights, slow traffic, long customs lines, lack of sleep (or battery life) and constantly living out of a suitcase can take a toll on even the most seasoned business traveller. Certainly, companies that employ many road warriors can help make these employees’ lives easier by creating a corporate policy that benefits both traveler and the organization they represent. However, there are a few additional “nice-to-haves” for the frequent flyer that will streamline their business travel lives.
1. Frequent Flyer Memberships
It’s no secret that air travel has its pros and cons. Air travel expands your business on a global level by attending meetings, conferences and presentations that would otherwise be too difficult to visit. The downsides? The inevitable crowded airports, early morning/late night flights, delays and lack of quality facilities. For flyers whose credit card or flight points haven’t earned them access, the gift of a subscription to airport lounge access via memberships such as Lounge Club or Priority Pass, could potentially be a nice performance bonus to the frequent flyer on your list.
2. Wearable Technology
Wearable technology is on the rise, with everything from fitness trackers, pedometers and even smartwatches becoming must-haves for those who are constantly on the go. As we migrate from portable technology to wearable, new advances with app development will streamline life on the road. Got your eye on the Google Glass or the new Apple Watch? You may soon be able to book your hotel room or even have keyless access to your hotel room using these advanced devices.
3. Global Entry/Nexus Card
If you’re a frequent business flyer and you don’t have a Global Entry or Nexus membership, getting one should be on the top of your list. For a small fee and a routine application process, pre-screened travelers receive expedited clearance at airport customs and border control between Canada and the U.S. While having this type of access requires a bit of paperwork upfront, the long term result means less time being wasted in long lines…time that could be better spent meeting with a client or potential customer.
4. Mobile Expense Management System That Travels With You
So now you’ve made your flight experience more comfortable, skipped the line at customs and checked into your hotel room using your cutting-edge smartwatch, but at the end of the day (or the trip), you still have to create and send a report of your T&E expenses. If your company still requires employees to hold onto all receipts and manually track and/or fax (!) everything in at the end of your trip, it’s time to seriously consider a new automated system.
Travel booking and expense data flows smoothly through Nexonia Expenses, automatically prompting employees to report their travel expenses. Snap a photo of your dinner, hotel, or entertainment receipt, match it to the expense report in your app, and submit for approval, all on your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. This short task can even be done offline on the plane ride home! With features such as integrated corporate credit cards and easy mileage tracking using Google Maps, this wishlist item really keeps on giving.