Category: ‘In-Trip Advice’

Itinerary Management

Destinations have partnered with Sabre to deliver Tripcase, an itinerary management tool which allows travellers to manage business trips in a single mobile application.

Once Tripcase has been downloaded to the smartphone or tablet, travel itineraries are directly fed from the reservation system to your Tripcase account. The app also provides automatic real-time updates regarding flight itinerary changes.

The features are as follows:

– Automatic upload of trip details and automatic updates into one itinerary within minutes of booking a trip, as well as the ability to add trip elements via email
– Flight updates, including gate changes, delays and cancellations based on real-time information
– Click-to-call access to the traveller’s specific Destinations on-call service number
– Map and directions during the trip, based on location and itinerary
– Access to information such as addresses and telephone numbers for the flight, hotel, car rental and other items included in the itinerary
– Ability to share itinerary information with friends and family directly from the app or website

Jan, 23, 2015

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How to make low-cost airline travel more comfortable

Low-cost travel no longer means low standard of travel. However in order to ease the usual qualms about carriers such as Ryanair, it is worth considering paying extra for a seat with extra leg room which automatically includes priority booking, immediate web check-in rather than having to wait until 14 days prior to travel and the purchase of Fast-track airport security. Ryanair have also recently introduced a Business Plus fare which is approximately £50.00 each-way more costly than their regular fare. Overall it is cheaper to select a seat with extra leg room with all the associated benefits and purchase Fast-Track airport security separately, unless you are in need of the 20kg checked baggage allowance. The Business Plus fare does enable you to change your ticket with no fees in principal, however should the air fare be higher on the amended travel date which is often the case, you will still have to pay the increase in cost.

EasyJet, who appear to have been quicker to react to consumer desire for increased comfort in low-cost travel, have a Flexi fare which is £60.00 each-way more including (like Ryanair) a 20kg checked bag, seat assignment, fast-track airport security but also allows you to make unlimited date changes within a 4-week period (from 1-week before to 3 weeks after the original travel date) and there are no additional fees for payment by credit card.

Also worth considering are meet & greet car parking options which include Fast-track airport security which is invaluable if your flight departs before 09.00 when security queues at peak times can cause delays of up to 1 hour.

Jan, 23, 2015

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How to obtain lower airfares when travelling on business

Most business travellers want to spend as few days away from home as possible, and unsurprisingly airlines price tickets accordingly, charging up to 5 times more than an equivalent priced ticket for travel on Saturday. Fortunately, with the advent of low-cost airlines, full-service have had to entirely change their fare structures and travel, at least in Europe, is now significantly cheaper. Inter-continental travel, particularly to the United States, has seen little improvement however. The cost of a standard-class economy ticket for travel Monday back Friday or for a two or three day midweek trip on a typical journey London-New York is £1695.00 (incl. taxes) whereas travelling on a Saturday and return anytime the return cost is £505.00 (incl. taxes). Premium Economy £2464.00 (incl. taxes) but travel Saturday £1067.00 (incl. taxes) and Business Class £5175.00 (incl. taxes) and travel Saturday £2085.00 (incl. taxes).

So how does the busy business traveller save money and keep weekends free?

TMCs such as ourselves who hold an ATOL licence are able to offer inclusive tour fares which must be sold with hotel accommodation or car rental. These fares have a 2 or 3 night minimum stay but if you are travelling to the US you will most probably need hotel accommodation and the savings are considerable. Airfares provide a 40-50% saving compared with the standard cost e.g. £985.00 standard economy return, £1495.00 Premium Economy return ad £2595.00 Business Class return. Fares are available with direct airlines, BA and Virgin but not shown on the airline’s website or via a self-booking tool.

These IT fares are available with only a select few TMCs of which we are one.

Jan, 23, 2015

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