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Book business trips – earn points with PartnerPlusBenefit

Book business trips – earn points with PartnerPlusBenefit

Whether you are booking business trips for yourself or planning company trips for your supervisors and colleagues – you should know more about PartnerPlusBenefit.

The free and powerful Lufthansa Group airlines corporate bonus programme offers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) unprecedented opportunities to save on travel costs for business trips and motivate employees. With free flights, upgrades and vouchers for excess baggage, for example.

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Background information on this topic

Business trips in Germany

In 2013, there were a total of about 171 million business trips by German companies.1 On average, over ten percent of all employees travel for their company at least once every year.2

Speaking about the duration of business trips, the Association of German Travel Management states that 55 percent of company trips take place over a period of one day at the most. Not even one in five business travellers is on the road for a period of four or more days.3

Occasions for company trips

There are many reasons to go on a business trip – especially due to ever-increasing globalisation. Meetings with customers or suppliers on site, meetings with colleagues at other company sites, participation in trade events, seminars for professional development, trade fairs, exhibitions or temporary secondments to other agencies or companies are among the most common reasons for an employee to leave the office for business reasons.4, 5

The importance of personal contact

Even in these times of modern communication technologies, personal meetings with business partners are a high priority for German companies. According to the study "Chefsache Business Travel 2014" by Travel Management Companies in the German Travel Association (DRV), the top reasons for business trips are achieving a better understanding of business partners and building networks.6

Transportation on business trips

The most frequently used method of transportation on company trips is the aircraft, followed by the car and train. The annual consumer report of the Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry states that longer distances are preferably travelled by aircraft: air traffic has dropped slightly compared to the previous year, but remains clearly at the forefront of transport with 56 percent.7

Flying: safely and on time

In terms of perceived security, aviation is once again clearly ahead: two out of three passengers believe that aircraft are the safest form of transportation. And every second passenger deemed the aircraft as the most reliable form of transportation. 7 Punctuality and efficiency, which are of great importance in the context of business trips.

Efficiently book business trips

Here, seven out of ten companies obtain support for booking train tickets or business flights with a specialist business trip travel agency.8 By bundling the bookings and their comprehensive understanding of price structures, these agents can help reduce travel costs and use the travel budget as efficiently as possible. Moreover, travel agents offer the option of managing corporate bonus programmes such as PartnerPlusBenefit for the participating companies, which further optimises the travel costs.

Get more out of business trips

By dropping travel costs – but motivating employees – PartnerPlusBenefit can become an important tool for a company. Employees earn valuable Benefit points on business trips, which can be exchanged for attractive awards such as free flights, upgrades or excess baggage vouchers.

And just one business trip is worthwhile: for example, a company can earn 12.960 Benefit points with a round trip for three employees in Lufthansa Business Class from South America to Germany/ Switzerland. For these points, the company could receive the following awards, for example:

  • 1 free flight in Economy Class OW or
  • 2 Business Class Upgrade from Economy Class
  • 3 Business Class Upgrade from Premium Economy
  • 1 First Class Upgrade
  • +10 Lounge Pass
  • various WorldShop items

In addition to earning Benefit points for the company, Miles & More members personally earn Miles & More miles on every business flight.

Footnote

1 See  School of Tourism, online at: http://www.schule-tourismus.de/presse/archiv/2014/03/25/ausgaben-fuer-geschaeftsreisen-steigen-enorm (as of 22.07.2014)
2 See The GBTA predicts the largest annual growth in spending on business travel in Western Europe since the global recession, online at:  http://www.presseportal.de/pm/108583/2563088/die-gbta-prognostiziert-das-groesste-jaehrliche-wachstum-von-ausgaben-fuer-geschaeftsreisen-in (as of 22.07.2014)
3 See School of Tourism, online at: http://www.schule-tourismus.de/presse/archiv/2014/03/25/ausgaben-fuer-geschaeftsreisen-steigen-enorm (as of 22.07.2014)
4 See Manhart, Dr. Klaus: Lowering travel costs for SMEs, online at: http://www.tecchannel.de/software/finanzen/2053568/reisekosten_senken_im_mittelstand/ (as of 22.07.2014)
5 Business trips: safety and speed take priority, online at: http://www.drv.de/fachthemen/business-travel/detail/geschaeftsreisen-sicherheit-und-schnelligkeit-haben-prioritaet.html (as of 22.07.2014)
6 See Business trips provide sales growth, online at: http://www.businesstraveller.de/News-Magazin/Top-News/Geschaeftsreisen-sorgen-fuer-Umsatzplus (as of 22.07.2014)