Categories
Business Travel Travel Management Travel Technology

TripIt Shares Five Ways to Prevent Holiday Travel Mayhem

Tripit helps with holiday stressTripIt is already used by many business travelers, but if you’re unfamiliar with this application, TripIt is a mobile service that helps you organize and share your travel plans. It allows you to easily consolidate your them into a comprehensive itinerary that you can share with friends and family, view on your computer or mobile device, and add directions and maps between your destinations. It comes in two versions–a “basic” (free) and a “Pro” (paid).

As the hectic holiday season rapidly approaches, here are five ways TripIt can help give you peace of mind:

  1. Increase the peace. Let TripIt do the heavy lifting. Simply forward travel bookings to plans@tripit.com to get a master itinerary instantly.
  2. Ditch the manila folder. No more fumbling at the check-in counter. Easily access confirmation numbers from any smartphone.
  3. Know where to go, on-the-go. TripIt provides maps and directions, and makes it easy to find nearby restaurants or merchants.
  4. Keep activities organized too. Organize restaurant reservations, theater tickets and more in TripIt.
  5. Avoid airport pick-up confusion. Share itineraries with family members so flight numbers and arrival times are handy, minimizing last minute scrambles.

The retail cost for TripIt Pro is $49/year, however Christopherson offers our clients a discounted price of $39/year. Or you can sign your entire company up for TripIt Pro/Enterprise and pay only $1.00 per trip.

Categories
Business Travel Travel Management Travel Technology Travel Tips

Top 8 Business Travel Apps for Smartphones

At Christopherson Business Travel, we get it. We, too, are business travelers and we understand the importance of staying connected, regardless of the time zone you’re in.
Perhaps our CEO, Mike Cameron, said it best: “Traveling is more convenient when you don’t have to deal with delays, getting lost in a big city, or not knowing the native language.” With that in mind, here are eight apps for business travelers to help increase productivity and alleviate stress when traveling.

  1. TripIt: TripIt allows you to access your travel itineraries right on your iPhone, Android or BlackBerry. While most TripIt users need to forward their itineraries to TripIt for loading to their account, Christopherson clients enjoy automatic transferring of all their AirPortal itineraries directly to the TripIt app. If you upgrade to TripIt Pro, you can get notifications on flight delays, cancellations or gate changes and can track your frequent flyer miles and reward points all in one place. Additionally, Christopherson Travel provides clients who use TripIt Pro with a $10 discount per year for the app.
  2. Wall Street Journal: If you download the latest version of the Wall Street Journal to your iPad right before you board your flight, you’ll have a simple, yet comprehensive tool to catch up on all the latest news. This is particularly useful when there is no WiFi on the plane.
  3. Penultimate: We all know business traveling can often include full days in conference rooms. Whether you need to jot down a quick memo or take notes for hours on end, Penultimate eliminates the need for papers, notepads and pens. The power of this app lies in a user’s ability to create as many digital notebooks as they desire. You can choose to write on a graph-, lined- or blank-paper layout with a stylus pen or just your finger. When you’re done, you can email your notes to colleagues or assistants back at the office.
  4. AllSubwayHD: Have you ever been in a big city and tried to figure out the subway system? AllSubwayHD is a time-saver app, providing answers, directions and timelines you’ll need to keep you running on-schedule. This app offers subway maps for over 125 cities worldwide, all of which are available offline.
  5. Google Translate: With this app, you can translate essential words and phrases into 57 different languages. Speak or type in the phrase and the translation will appear on your screen. Audio playback is even available for certain languages. Click Here for iPhone. Click Here for Android.
  6. Urbanspoon: This is a perfect app for those who know what they want to eat, but don’t know where to go. You only need to tell your phone where you are, what type of food you want and how much money you’re willing to spend. Urbanspoon recommends restaurants, lists reviews and lets you browse restaurants by maps or neighborhoods. It also shows the top restaurants in your vicinity and lists restaurants recently reviewed by critics and bloggers.
  7. Yelp: Making a name for itself as an app offering reviews on most everything around you, Yelp lists range from restaurants, hotels and businesses to museums, spas, bars and gas stations. You can access the wisdom and approval of the locals for just about any place you plan to visit. Yelp also allows you to bookmark sites, “check in” and share via Facebook and Twitter, make reservations, add tips and find contact information anywhere you go.
  8. Seat Guru: There’s been a lot of buzz lately about SeatGuru by tripadvisor, the “ultimate source for airplane seating, in-flight amenities, and airline information.” With their detailed, color-coded seat map key,  you’ll have access to in-depth information about seats with limited recline, reduced legroom, and misaligned windows, to help you identify both superior and substandard seats. Plus, once you select your airline, you can navigate through their information pages for tips on Check-in, Baggage, Unaccompanied Minors and Traveling with Infants and Pets.

“From navigation support to eliminating paperwork, each of these apps provides the everyday business traveler with user-friendly tools to manage the many details associated with executing a successful business trip,” said Cameron. “You may even impress a current or prospective client with your modern resourcefulness in the process.”
About Christopherson Business Travel
Christopherson Business Travel, headquartered in Salt Lake City, is the independently owned leader in business travel management in the western U.S. With over 250 team members and 35 offices, the company supports more than $287 million in annual travel bookings. Christopherson provides intelligent travel management to more than 900 successful companies, and is an affiliate of BCD Travel, the leading provider of global travel logistics. BCD operates in 90 countries with $14 billion in annual travel management bookings and a combined worldwide workforce in excess of 13,000.

Categories
Travel Management Travel Technology

Booking travel online is less expensive. Is it really?

In the popular media there are lots of articles talking about which website will save you the most money, or about various online booking engines that will allow travelers to book the best deals.  Or there are the ads telling you to get the best deal by booking online directly with the airline.  This constant drumbeat has convinced some people that this is actually the case and so companies opt to use online booking tools in order to save a few dollars on service fees.  Does this really save them money?
Topaz International has done a study that compares Travelocity, Expedia and Orbitz vs. the airline websites.  The study finds that Orbitz returns the lowest fare option 56% of time vs. Expedia at 54% and Travelocity at 47% of the time.  The difference is about $20.00 per transaction.  When Topaz compared these three websites to the airline websites, they found that the airline websites only offered a lower fare 7% of the time for an average savings of $36.00 while the Big Three offered lower fares 27% of the time for an average savings of $82.00.  When you read this you may think, “Well then, I will just book at Orbitz and save money.”  Before you do that, let me point out a couple of things.

Categories
Travel News Travel Technology

TripIt Wins Best Travel Mobile App in 15th Annual Webby Awards

Did you know that Christopherson Business Travel features TripIt as our mobile application?  As such, we are excited to see TripIt win a prestigious Webby Award! The Webbys are the leading international award honoring excellence in interactive design, creativity, usability and functionality on the Internet.
Our clients enjoy using TripIt even more than the next guy, since our AirPortal technology sends all of their travel itineraries directly to TripIt – no forwarding necessary.

Categories
Travel News Travel Technology

Great Travel Apps

With so many travel apps coming to the marketplace, I wanted to recommend a couple of my favorites:
TripIt: Fight updates, gate information, database for frequent traveler programs… and by signing up through Christopherson Business Travel, you’ll get a reduction in price!
All Subway HD: This site is great for international travel. It lists detailed maps of many of the underground systems.
Boingo: Service provider app which enables unlimited wi-fi at selected airports, hotels and other venues (more than 200,000 worldwide).
Gate Guru: Great for long layovers (when you’re stuck with weather delays). Gives detailed maps of where to find the best restaurants, stores and services in your airport terminal.
Seat Guru: Recommends the best seats based on your flight’s specific aircraft (you don’t want to be stuck by the lavatory on an nine hour flight across the pond – I promise).