When you are traveling for business, it is most likely that you do not have time to waste. You need to get yourself from one meeting to another without having to miss any time that is needed to spend on business. Having a streamlined travel plan is the most effective way to stay on top of meeting schedules and deadlines. Commercial transportation today can be bogged down by long check in lines and security. It is important that you be prepared as much as possible.
The most important thing for any business traveler to do is to pack well. If you are only going for a quick over-night trip, one carry-on bag should be sufficient. This is ideal for checking in and getting to your destination quickly. If you don’t have to waste time waiting for luggage, you have already won half the battle.
When you book your flights, fly from regional airports if it all possible. Smaller airports tend to save you time in comparison to major international airports. Traffic, check-in and security will be much faster, giving you more time to spend working and less time standing around the airport waiting hours in advance. Depending on your company’s travel budget, you may want to look into direct flights, which will save you tons of time or even booking an executive jet charter. The ability to charter a private jet will offer you many conveniences in comparison to commercial transportation.
However, if you decide to fly you will want to check-in online. Online check-in is an added bonus, which should allow you to go straight to security, and not have to wait in check –in lines. If you are bringing more than a carry-on, you may have the option of curbside check-ins, which tends to help speed up the process. Frequent flier programs can also get you through this check-in process faster as well. As a business traveler, signing up for a frequent flier program is an absolute must. Most programs give frequent fliers designated access to security and check-in lines.
Once you are in the air, have everything you need, ready and prepared for landing. Make sure you have printed out directions and car rental information if you are not being picked up by a driver. The last thing you want to do is fumble with maps and not have any clue about the direction you are going. Research rental companies so that you know who is closest to the airport and who is most convenient. If renting a car is something that your company always has you do, become a member of an auto loyalty program. This will speed up your pick-up and drop off time.
As a business traveler, you want to be able to focus on your job and not have to waste any unnecessary time traveling. By using some of these tips, you can create a plan that will get you through any airport and car rental company in no time.
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