Lower travel costs with PartnerPlusBenefit
Effortlessly reduce travel costs while receiving extra benefits – isn’t this exactly the bonus program you’re looking for as a corporate traveller or travel manager?
Learn more about PartnerPlusBenefit, Lufthansa's extensive free corporate bonus program. PartnerPlusBenefit offers small and medium-sized businesses new opportunities to save on expensive costs for corporate travel, while motivating employees. With PartnerPlusBenefit, employees earn BenefitPoints on business trips which can later be exchanged for rewards including award flights, upgrades, hotel e-Gift cards, FlyNet vouchers, lounge access and retail products.
Background information on this topic
Travel costs – A key success factor
The biggest cost factor for SMEs, after personnel costs, are travel costs.
The advocacy group for the global business travel industry – Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – expected worldwide expenditure of 137 billion euros on business trips in 2014. Global spending on travel in 2015 was projected to rise by a further 6.5 percentage points. Flights and accommodation comprise about half these costs.
Global business relationships
The reason for the rising expenditures is found in the increasing internationalisation of business relationships and markets. Clients and partners are scattered worldwide. Since discussing business via teleconferences or videoconferences is often not enough, mobility is quickly becoming a critical success factor. Being there on-site and having the ability to have conversations in person are indispensable in some situations. In addition, the personal meeting strengthens the relationship with existing clients and helps build and maintain new business relationships.
Optimising travel costs
To remain competitive and to resist the pressure of costs, businesses must optimise their travel costs. These cannot, however, be lowered at the expense of passenger comfort and safety. Surveys show that, above all, safety and speed are the key criteria when planning business trips. These factors significantly affect employee productivity and as a direct result the success of the business trip. Studies show that corporate travel must be understood as an investment in the company’s growth and if properly managed, can translate into a competitive advantage.
PartnerPlusBenefit – The ideal partner on business trips
The corporate rewards program PartnerPlusBenefit offers companies savings on business travel costs, without compromising on travellers’ comfort. The BenefitPoints collected while travelling can be redeemed for award flights, reward vouchers or additional in-flight comforts. Premium products, from notebooks to coffee makers, are also available to target personal employee motivation. Additonally, upgrades offer the possibility of flying in a higher travel class, which allows employees to enjoy more comfort and appreciation. Rewards such as these positively influence employees and corporate travellers which in turn, positively influence the performance and outcome of the business trip.
Efficiently planning and utilising travel times
Because travel times are also working times from a business perspective, they must be kept as short as possible and should be used in the best possible manner for business purposes. The indirect travel costs incurred due to potentially unused travel time should never be disregarded. In accordance, flying becomes the most effective form of business travel.
During a flight, passengers can prepare for upcoming appointments or lean back and relax in order to arrive at their destinations well-prepared and focused. Internet access on board long-haul flights allows passengers to work on business e-mails or access the company network. Lufthansa helps its guests make the most of their travel time with numerous products and services. Online check-in, for example, shortens the time spent at the airport, while a Fast Lane allows travellers to board the aircraft more quickly.