Lower business travel costs with PartnerPlusBenefit
Effortlessly lower business travel costs while simultaneously earning points and rewards – isn’t this exactly the bonus programme you’re looking for as an entrepreneur or travel manager?
Get to know PartnerPlusBenefit. Lufthansa's corporate loyalty bonus programme offers small and medium-sized businesses new opportunities to save on business travel costs for business trips and to motivate employees with award flights, upgrades and hotel e-Gift cards and more.
Background information on business travel costs
Business travel costs – a key success factor
The biggest cost factor for SMEs, after personnel costs, are business 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.
The globalisation of business relationships
The reason for the rising expenditures is found in the increasing internationalisation of business relationships. 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 around the conference table are indispensable in some situations. In addition, the personal meeting strengthens the relationship with existing clients and helps build new business relationships.
An interesting determining factor: lowering business travel costs
To remain competitive and to resist the pressure of costs, corporate travellers must optimise their business 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 by extension, the business trips 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 for corporate travel
The corporate rewards programme PartnerPlusBenefit offers companies savings on business travel without compromising on travellers’ comfort. The BenefitPoints collected while travelling can be redeemed for award flights or reward vouchers. Premium products, from notebooks to coffee makers, are also available to encourage employee motivation. In addition, upgrades offer the possibility of flying in a higher travel class, which allows employees to enjoy more comfort and appreciation. This is especially beneficial for corporate travellers on a time sensitive trips as business class offers the chance for a comfortable rest or connected workspace to make use of during travel.
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. Consequently, flying becomes an 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, well-rested 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. For example, online check-in shortens the time spent at the airport, and a Fast Lane allows travellers to board the aircraft more quickly.