Lower travel costs with PartnerPlusBenefit
Effortlessly lower travel costs while enjoying increased benefits, services and comforts with the PartnerPlusBenefit corporate bonus program.
Learn more about the advantages of PartnerPlusBenefit. Lufthansa's extensive free corporate awards program offers small and medium-sized businesses new and unparalleled opportunities to save on travel costs for business trips while motivating employee productivity. With PartnerPlusBenefit, employees earn BenefitPoints which can then be redeemed for incentive rewards including, award flights, upgrades, lounge access, retail merchandise, vouchers and more.
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 the ability to have conversations in person face to face around the conference table are indispensable in some situations. In addition, the personal meeting strengthens the relationship with existing clients and helps to build new and lasting business relationships.
Lowering travel costs
To remain competitive and to resist the pressure of costs, entrepreneurs must optimise their travel costs. However, these cannot 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 motivation and thus also business success. Studies show that business trips must be understood as an investment in the company’s growth and can translate into a competitive advantage.
PartnerPlusBenefit – the ideal partner on business trips
The corporate rewards program PartnerPlusBenefit offers companies savings on business travel without compromising on travellers’ comfort or service. The BenefitPoints collected while travelling can be redeemed for award flights or reward vouchers, for example. And premium products, from notebooks to coffee makers, are also available to target employee satisfaction. In addition, upgrades offer the possibility of flying in a higher travel class, which allows employees to enjoy more comfort and appreciation. And this, in turn, positively influencing their motivation and productivity.
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 costs incurred due to potentially unused travel time should not be disregarded. By optimizing travel costs and times, 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 and amenities. Online check-in, for example, shortens the time spent at the airport, while a Fast Lane allows travellers to board the aircraft more quickly.
Double the rewards
Employees who have a personal account with Lufthansa’s Miles & More frequent flyer program are able to earn both Miles and BenefitPoints when they travel for business. The BenefitPoints are earned on the corporate account to benefit the company, while the Miles can be used for personal rewards. Double the benefits with Lufthansa.