There are numerous factors that influence the planning of my business travels. Whether I am putting together a flight itinerary for myself or a group, plans must take timing and convenience into account, revolving around my schedule, rather than my schedule revolving around flights. Cost is always a factor: what works within my budget while offering best value? Plus, I need comfort and convenience so I can work or relax on my journey.
My business spans the globe and SkyTeam’s network of 20 airlines delivers travel itineraries to fit mine and my colleagues’ needs.
The increasing number of premium economy choices offered by SkyTeam members allows for a greater level of comfort, while staying within budget. While business class and first class are always appreciated, many business travel budgets only allow for economy class seating. Premium economy offers value for money, more personal space and enhanced services, meaning I’ll arrive well-rested and ready to take on the business at hand.
Working in a global business environment means uniting people from many distant locations in one place and SkyTeam’s Global Meetings program reduces the workload when planning meetings. Through Global Meetings event organizers can simplify the whole planning process, with a single event contract offering access to 20 global airlines, as well as discounted fares and event promotion assistance. As a bonus, event organizers receive a reward ticket for every 50 people who travel to their event using the program.
Finally, like with most business travelers, loyalty is a factor. Staying loyal to an airline has its benefits, but staying loyal to an airline alliance offers even more. With SkyTeam you can choose to belong to a single airline’s frequent flyer program and receive benefits from the other 19 alliance members. As a top tier frequent flyer you will enjoy lounge access all over the world from SkyTeam airlines, your checked baggage is tagged for priority and can be first on the plane regardless of what SkyTeam member you choose to fly with.
Business travel can be complex but choosing what airline you prefer need not be. Why focus on one airline when a whole alliance is waiting to take you where you need go?
Before joining SkyTeam as the Manager – Commercial Development, where he travels often, Edward Hollo was an Aviation Consultant traveling frequently for business, and was a SkyTeam Elite Plus Frequent Flyer.