Business Travel Travel Tips

Do’s and Don’ts for Air Travel

I recently found myself with the rare opportunity of having an empty seat next to me on a flight. Of course I was more than ecstatic until the person one seat away proceeded to clip their finger nails for what seemed most of the flight.

When I got over my shock, I began thinking of how far we have come. Air travel used to be a glamorous privilege, not a place to catch up on your personal grooming. Moreover, most of us who travel for business use the time to catch up on work and appreciate a peaceful environment.

Here are nine do’s and don’ts for a pleasant flight:

  1. DON’T try to sneak things past the TSA. If it isn’t allowed on the plane, it shouldn’t be in your bag. You are simply holding up the people behind you trying to get it past security.
  2. DO make sure you have everything you need for the flight in the bag that will go under your seat.
  3. DON’T take up room in the overhead compartment with things that could clearly fit under your seat or in your lap.
  4. DO dress comfortably if you are not getting off of the plane and going right into meetings.
  5. But DON’T wear your pajamas. Yes, they are comfortable, but there are very few places were it is okay to dress like that in public.
  6. DO be kind to your flight attendant. In the event of an emergency, this person is responsible for saving your life.
  7. DON’T ring the call button two seconds after take-off and ask to use the restroom. Again, flight attendants are responsible for your safety. While they can’t tell you that you absolutely can’t use the restroom, they will advise you against it.
  8. DO make sure you have enough reading/work/games/etc. to entertain yourself through the entire flight.
  9. DON’T blast music or an obnoxious movie through your headphones. The person next to you doesn’t need to hear what you are listening to.

By following these simple rules, you will find your encounters with other travelers will become more pleasant making everyone’s travels just a little bit less stressful.

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Ups And Downs Among Corporate TMCs


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Airline Fees: The Ultimate Guide

Screen shot 2014-05-20 at 5.10.25 PMThe Huffington Post’s SmarterTravel section, which provides resources and advice for travelers, recently published a reference chart for every major airline fee from every major domestic carrier.

Click here to read their article and download the Airline Fee Guide.




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Freedom Has Never Been Free | Christopherson Business Travel Thanks All Who Serve our Country

Christopherson Business Travel would like to pause from our regular business travel industry topics and take a moment to reflect on this Memorial Day Weekend

Freedom has never been free and the cost of freedom can never be repaid. As we celebrate Memorial Day, though the news of war has somewhat silenced, we as Americans should take this opportunity to honor and thank those who have served our nation.

A recent news article detailed the service of Kyle White, who received the Medal of Honor for his bravery and selfless service in Afghanistan. Though he received the highest military honors, the names engraved on the stainless steel bracelet around his wrist will always outshine the medal hung around his neck. The names he carries with him every day are the names of the fallen soldiers he attempted to save during an ambush in Afghanistan.

His story is similar to that of Navy Seal, Marcus Luttrell, who received the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his selfless service in Afghanistan and whose story came to life in the movie Lone Survivor.  It is young men and women like this who have the courage, strength and integrity to stand and fight for the freedoms we enjoy each day.

Though we only celebrate Memorial Day one weekend each year, it is our duty to never miss an opportunity to thank an American soldier for their service. As the sun rises and sets, we are ever grateful to those who do, and have, paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. As American flags are flown, and the beauty of the red, white, and blue waves against an azure sky, we hope this Memorial Day weekend is more than just a three day weekend, but a solemn time of honor and gratitude.

Company News and Announcements

Utah company that acquired All Seasons Travel plans Birmingham growth

AL.COM | MAY 21, 2014

Utah company that acquired All Seasons Travel plans Birmingham growth

Travel Industry

Green Meetings: the Next Industry Standard?

The issue of “sustainability,” in regards to event planning, surfaced about eight years ago. However, it has only been in the last couple years that a surge in interest regarding this topic has occurred. Currently, more and more companies are inquiring about hotels’ green initiatives.

How are hotels going green

In response, hotel companies have begun researching a variety of ways to create greener meetings and stay ahead of future expectations. Some hotels have even gone as far as to invest in the guidance of professional conservationists in order to receive certification for their green efforts.

One hotel that has instituted green initiatives is the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. The installation of LED lighting in corridors, guestrooms, and residential units is estimated to save the hotel more than $70,000 a year in electricity and labor costs.

Another hotel that has gone green is the DoubleTree by Hilton in Silver Spring, Maryland, where a $3.5 million renovation took place. Hotel owners incorporated LED lighting (that uses 75% less energy than before), electric golf carts, low-flow plumbing and programmable thermostats into their renovation plans.

While events and meeting planners may prefer to support environmentally conscious hotels, at the end of the day it’s still all about availability and quality of service. But why can’t we have it all? As hoteliers learn about the increasing preference for sustainable hotels and green meetings, it will hopefully only be a matter of time before many more properties invest in renovations of their own.

One more thing to keep in mind: the more they save on the operating end, the less we pay on the consumer end. All the more reason to “go green” on your next business meeting!

Click Here to learn more.

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Christopherson Business Travel launches rebrand after All Seasons acquisition


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Congratulations to GBTA’s Mike McCormick

GBTA Executive Director Mike McCormick has been reappointed to the TSA's Aviation Security Advisory Committee.
GBTA Executive Director Mike McCormick has been reappointed to the TSA’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee.

Christopherson Business Travel is a long time member and sponsor of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and we congratulate the GBTA Executive Director and COO, Mike McCormick on his reappointment to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC).

It is vital for the TSA to hear from the business travel industry and McCormick has done an outstanding job of representing our sector during his first term and we look forward to his continued involvement on behalf of our industry.

ASAC is TSA’s sole Federal advisory committee that gives the agency recommendations for improving aviation security methods, equipment and procedures. ASAC was established in 1989 in the wake of the crash of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.





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The perfect vacation won’t plan itself. Andavo Travel can help.

The world is a mighty big place, and vacation planning can sometimes seem overwhelming. That’s when it’s nice to have friends familiar with every corner of it. At Andavo Travel (the leisure division of Christopherson Business Travel), our well-traveled agents use first-hand experiences to customize vacations and have been orchestrating travel dreams to worldwide destinations for more than 30 years.

A screenshot of our Find An Advisor tool.
Find the perfect agent to plan your dream vacation with the “Find An Advisor” tool on

Wondering how to find just the right Andavo travel agent?  Visit this new page on our website!

Use the “Find An Advisor” tool to search for a travel agent that specializes in the interest or destination you’re looking for. Browse agent photos, bios, and recent blog posts to help you decide who is the best fit for you. We know you won’t be disappointed.

We are specialists in the art of travel. We save you time and deliver extraordinary travel experiences. We put our global connections to work to ensure that you receive the most advantageous pricing, access, upgrades, and amenities. Benefits that are simply not available to the general public.

Now, more than ever, the time you spend with family, friends and even yourself is your most valuable investment. We look forward to putting our passion for travel to work for you.

Business Travel Travel News

Frontier Airlines Simplifies Fares

Frontier Airlines announced this week that they will be moving from four fare types to two: Classic Plus and Economy.

Classic Plus comes with a higher price tag (double in some cases) but includes free change fees, free checked and carry on baggage, and advance seat assignments. Economy tickets are completely unbundled. If you would like to carry a bag on the plane, there will be a cost. If you would like an advance seat assignment, again, there will be a cost.

For additional information, please read Frontier’s full press release here.

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Business Travel Checklists: 4 Apps for iPhones

Having a travel checklist can help you stay organized and reduce your stress when traveling for business. Here are some of the latest travel checklist apps for iPhones:

Screen shot 2014-05-07 at 6.15.25 PMTravel List

Travel List is the easiest way to get ready for your next trip. Plan your itinerary, create a packing list, and you’re ready to go. Travel List makes sure you don’t leave anything behind. You can even enter the type of trip you’re taking and the app suggests items you might put on your checklist. ($1.99, iTunes)

Screen shot 2014-05-07 at 6.16.25 PMTripList

TripList offers sample to-do lists. The pre-travel task category, for instance, provides helpful reminders to download music and charge your batteries before leaving. The basic app is free and a $3 upgrade allows users to share lists across multiple devices. (Free, iTunes)

Screen shot 2014-05-07 at 6.20.44 PMPacking Pro

Never forget to pack anything again. Packing Pro appeals to the detail oriented person, acting as a personal packing assistant. ($2.99, iTunes)

Screen shot 2014-05-07 at 6.21.08 PMStylebook

Stylebook is great for the fashion conscious traveler. This app helps piece together various outfits using photos of the clothes in the user’s wardrobe. ($3.99, iTunes)

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Concur TripLink: First Hotel Chain Finally Live, New TMC Options Coming

THE BEAT | MAY 7, 2014The Beat

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Business Travel

Christopherson’s Newly Acquired All Seasons Travel Undergoes Rebranding

Christopherson Business Travel purchased All Seasons Travel in December of last year. As we continue to integrate our new Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama offices into our organization, we will be rebranding the Alabama operations into three separate divisions:

1. Christopherson Business Travel

CBT_SmallThe Alabama business travel team members will all operate under our Christopherson Business Travel brand, with Jeanine Eissler as the manager of the Southeast region. We have already won $20 Million in new business travel contracts in the Southeast, all of which is in the process of being implemented into our Alabama offices.

2. Andavo Travel

Andavo Logo_335x60The leisure travel agents and independent contractors will operate under our Andavo Travel brand (which specializes in luxury travel and hosted agent travel), with Meredith Price as the operations manager of the Southeast region. Our Alabama offices will also be part of Andavo’s world-class luxury travel consortium, Virtuoso.

3. All Seasons Sports Travel

AllSeasonsSportsTravel_Logo-v2All Seasons Sports Travel is a newly created division and will primarily focus on the fan-based collegiate sports travel that All Seasons has done so well for so many years. Ellen Ray has been named manager of this division. Click here to see the new website,


Business Travel Travel Tips

Book Review: Cockpit Confidential by Patrick Smith

Cockpit ConfidentialHave you ever wondered why some pilots don’t land as smoothly as others? Or–how safe it is to fly through turbulence? Why do airports get congested? How does a huge aircraft fly and stay in the air?

If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, you might want to check out pilot Patrick Smith’s latest book–Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel. Questions, Answers, and Reflections.

With his passion for flight, Smith answers these questions and many more, to address fears, curiosity, and the cause of unease aboard an aircraft. It’s a smart, funny read, chock-full of useful information that separates facts from fallacy regarding the strange and fascinating world of commercial flying.

Cockpit Confidential is great book for business travelers, frequent flyers, nervous passengers, world travelers, or anyone looking for behind-the-scenes insight.

Vanity Fair reviewer, William Langeweische, said of the book, “Brilliant is the word that applies. A book to be savored and passed to friends.”

Find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or from Hudson Booksellers.


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4 Ways To Improve Workplace Communication

Effective communication is essential to every relationship–be it business, work, or home/family–and is essential for continued success. If you’ve worked with other people in any capacity, chances are you have experienced both good and bad communication.

The benefits of good communication are endless, including the ability to get more done in less time as well as cultivating a culture of respect. On the other hand, a lack of communication (or poor communication) leads to stress, frustration, misunderstandings, disrespect, and it impacts the company’s bottom line.

Here are four ways we can improve communication in the workplace:

Tone of voice.

You’ve heard, “It’s not what you say but how you say it.” Your tone of voice communicates either respect or disrespect. It communicates confidence or fear. Sometimes we don’t even realize the way we speak to others. It’s vital to pay attention to how you speak and how you respond to others.

Nonverbal communication.

Much of our communication is nonverbal. Crossed arms, not smiling, or not looking a the person speaking to you says that you aren’t interested in what they have to say. Whereas if you are pleasant, sitting forward, and involved, you are promoting good communication. The other person is more receptive, and it pulls you into the conversation.


Don’t assume you understand exactly what someone means. The phrase, “So what I hear you saying is…” will help you make sure you understand what the other person is saying. It causes you to listen carefully. If you don’t understand something, simply say, “Can you clarify that for me?” or “What do you mean by that?”

Follow up.

Follow up is key and can be as simple as sending a short email after a conversation. It includes offering updates on your progress with assignments and/or projects.  When you follow up with your boss, managers, and co-workers, it keeps everyone in the loop and informed. When the lines of communication are open within a team, productivity soars and it becomes a harmoneous work environment.