The concept of conducting business on the move is an absolute dream for some, but in reality it can be a complete nightmare. Balancing travel and business is certainly no easy feat and due to the umpteen logistical problems that arrive with flying, it’s easy to lose a boatload of time before, during and after your journey.
However, there are several shrewd investments one can make to ease this process. Most of the following recommendations would be rightly scoffed upon by the general travelling community, with many of them regarded as outrageous ways to make money by both airports and airlines. However, for business travellers, they can prove to make journeys much more efficient and ultimately, more lucrative.
Here, we’ll take a look at the five best travel investments you can make as a regular business flyer.
The Taxi Transfer
We’ll start with the start of your journey; getting to the airport. Unfortunately, with airport car parks usually situated an absolute marathon away from the terminal building, this is no longer an option.
Instead, you need a more direct solution – and the transfer service will satisfy this. Companies such as Alpha Air Port Taxi Service have forged a terrific reputation in ferrying customers from their front door to the terminal entrance, meaning that there’s no longer any need for those long, time-consuming walks around the airport. You’ll be amazed at the amount of time you’ll shave from your overall journey and also, even though you’ll claim it back on those trust expenses, it will work out much cheaper than the parking idea.
The Executive Lounge
If you happen to be travelling on business during July and August, you’re in for a noisy day. The terminal will be awash with eager kids waiting for their summer break, while seats often come at a premium as well.
This is where the executive lounge is an absolutely essential component of your travel plans. As soon as you bypass security, you’ll be whisked into it and ready to hook up to the complimentary Wi-Fi and start working again. Unsurprisingly, it’s just a much more pleasant and luxurious experience and it just cuts down on those wasted hours where work usually isn’t an option.
The Reserved Seat
If you were traveling for leisurely purposes, this would be something that we’d be completely against. However, reserved seats are so much more than netting a bit of extra legroom – they can make the whole journey much more efficient.
If you’re parked in the middle of the plane, you’re already at a disadvantage. In the mad melee when everyone wants to leap off the plane, you’re stuck waiting there while all of that luggage is retrieved from the overhead lockers. Reserve your seat at the front and you’re straight off – and straight to the front of the queue for passport control as well.
The Priority Boarder
Again, it’s not something we’d advise for the typical traveller – but the business community is different. Priority boarding is largely regarded as a rip-off, but there are some instances where it can be a Godsend.
For the Average Joe, it doesn’t matter whether you get on the plane thirty or three minutes for departure. However, for the Average Mr Businessman, this thirty minutes can make a difference. During this time, you can have set your “in-flight office” up and already started work. It’s again all about maximising the working time during your travels.
The International Cash Card
We started this article with the first rule of thumb whilst departing, and we’ll end it with something that will help when you arrive.
One minute you’re in Heathrow, the next you’re in Milan. Immediately, that trusty fraud alert has been activated with your bank and they will usually suspend your card immediately. A phone call will follow shortly after, but it’s still the last thing you need.
Therefore, you’ve two options. Either inform the bank every time you venture away, or just use a specific international card. The latter will save you money anyway and as we’re going to assume that you’re a frequent flyer, it’s probably the best way to go.