As we approach the end of 2017, we start to think about resolutions for the coming year, and what we might do to improve our experiences. At Business First Partnership we have selected our top practical business travel New Year’s Resolutions to make your 2018 work trips work better for you.
- PUT SAFETY FIRST
A crisis affecting travel can emerge at any time, and 2018 will likely be no exception, so the most important aspect of any journey is to put safety first. At Business First Partnership we take duty of care very seriously – any client travelling to a high-risk destination is provided with a Safety Information Pack, detailing potential terrorism or health threats and how to look after yourself whilst travelling. What’s more, powered by iJet (world leaders in crisis avoidance), our 360 Secure risk management solution allows us to respond immediately to travel disruption by continually monitoring live risk maps. If travel plans are forced to change unexpectedly, our highly experienced 24/7 team will contact all affected travellers by phone and email to ensure they are safe, and to offer a reliable contingency plan.
- REDUCE YOUR TRAVEL ADMIN
One of the things we hear most from business travellers is that the various admin involved in a busy travel schedule can be frustrating – they might forget to check-in online before their flight, perhaps their itinerary has had a last-minute change, or they simply don’t have ‘everything in one place’. We decided to respond to this common complaint by creating a series of smart solutions to reduce travel admin for even the most straightforward itinerary, fulfilling this new year’s resolution seamlessly! 360 Organiser compiles a suite of standardised travel documents, creating easy to read itineraries, dynamic links to airline check-in pages and automatic uploads into your office calendar, then our 360 Embark technology automatically completes the online check-in process for you, sending the boarding pass to any smart device or desktop. When you’re successfully on your way, 360 Roam keeps you up to date with any itinerary changes, notifications of gate numbers, flight delays and cancellations via your smart device.
- STAY PRODUCTIVE
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to creating a productive work environment, but it’s not always easy to replicate this when travelling. Our 3rd resolution is to stay productive no matter how unlikely that may seem. Our highly skilled staff are always on hand to offer the best airline and hotel recommendations to meet your business needs, whether it be conference facilities, in-room technology amenities, or simply the absolute best location to be based so you don’t waste valuable time. A lot of our clients also take preference over where they sit on the plane, helping them to be more productive in the air. Our 360 Prime technology continually interrogates airplane seat maps, right up to the point of departure, ensuring your preferred seat is always matched so your work isn’t compromised.
- MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TRAVEL BUDGET
Working with a Travel Management Company will undoubtedly help you make the most of your travel budget in 2018, but did you know that Business First Partnership are one of the few TMCs who automatically benchmark online travel specialists and airline websites? Our 360 Search technology not only secures the best price at the point of booking, but continues to search for better value fares right up until the point your ticket is issued. For those organisations with multiple bookers and strict travel policies, our 360 Approve software allows trips to be approved or declined at the touch of a button via email or online dashboard, and is designed to inform decision-makers of any missed savings on held bookings. This means we can guarantee that when you take your flight, you have achieved the best possible price for it!
Of course, making new year’s resolutions to improve your business travel experience is only half of the commitment. Sticking to them is probably the hardest part. There is one common theme however, which we will always commit to delivering for you – an understanding of what works uniquely for you and your business. Our 360 Intelligence technology is designed to keep you up-to-date with all aspects of your business travel output – our real-time reporting delivers management data, analysis and reports in less than 7 seconds, so when it comes to forming resolutions next year, you will know exactly what works for you.