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Lower travel costs with PartnerPlusBenefit

Lower travel costs with PartnerPlusBenefit

Effortlessly lower travel costs without compromising on safety, comfort or service – isn’t this exactly the bonus program you’re looking for?

Get to know PartnerPlusBenefit; Lufthansa's extensive free corporate bonus program. PartnerPlusBenefit offers small and medium-sized businesses new opportunities to save on corporate travel costs for business trips while motivating employee productivity. When traveling for business with PartnerPlusBenefit, employees earn BenefitPoints which can then be redeemed for incentive rewards such as award flights, upgrades and vouchers.

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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.

Globalised 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 face to face in person are indispensable in some situations. In addition, the personal meeting strengthens the relationship with existing clients and helps build new and lasting business relationships.

Lowering 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 motivation and by extension the success of the business trip. Studies show that business trips must be understood as an investment in the company’s growth and can translate into a competitive advantage when properly utilised.

PartnerPlusBenefit – The ideal partner on business trips

The corporate rewards program, PartnerPlusBenefit, offers companies savings on business travel without compromising on travellers’ comfort. The BenefitPoints collected while travelling for business can be redeemed for award flights, reward vouchers and more attractive on and off flight benefits. Premium retail products, from notebooks to coffee makers, are also available from the Lufthansa WorldShop to personally target employee motivation. In addition, upgrades offer the possibility of flying in a higher travel class, which allows employees to enjoy more comfort and appreciation. These rewards, in turn, positively influence employee motivation and productivity.

Planning efficiently - 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. Flying becomes an effective form of optimising business travel.

During a flight, corporate 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, and a Fast Lane allows travellers to board the aircraft more quickly, optimising their travel times.

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