Travel management with PartnerPlusBenefit
Travel management is being increasingly promoted in an ever more globally-active business world.
The more frequently employees travel for business, the greater the cost of business travel management. All the more important that companies can “recover” a portion of the resulting costs with a far-reaching corporate bonus program.
Get to know PartnerPlusBenefit. Lufthansa's extensive free corporate bonus program offers small and medium-sized enterprises unparalleled opportunities to save on travel and service costs for business trips while motivating employees. With PartnerPlusBenefit, employees earn BenefitPoints on business flights which can later be exchanged for incentive rewards including award flights, in-flight upgrades, lounge access, retail merchandise, car and hotel rental and FlyNet vouchers.
Background information on this topic
Different markets – Different rules
Despite modern technologies, information gaps regarding the functional mechanisms of targeted international markets, in particular a lack of information about foreign markets, high customs duties and lack of know-how all hinder international expansion. In addition, it is difficult to build and maintain relationships with international partners and customer groups. The exploration and gathering of information on the markets, as well as the constant monitoring of foreign operations already underway, drain increasingly scarce resources. Nevertheless, considerable potential remains untapped, but in reach with travel management.
International business relationships are increasingly becoming a prerequisite for the economic success of an enterprise. They help support the core business and promote its continued growth. This leads to an increase in business trips for many Scandinavian companies - but this comes at a price. Expenditure on business travel in Scandinavia is increasing significantly despite all austerity measures. Medium-sized companies in particular are struggling with accommodating rapidly rising travel costs without compromising on business trips travel times, routes or frequency.
Rising oil prices, European emission allowances and national air traffic taxes are significant cost drivers for increasing flight fares. In addition to the actual travel expenses, the cost of meals, lodging and auxiliary travel expenses on business trips must also be taken into account. If there is an increase in business trips, the accumulated costs could decrease the actual success of a business trip.
Travel management for more efficiency
Against the backdrop of rising expenses for business trips and their increasing importance, investment in professional travel management is worthwhile. The objective of efficient business travel management is to optimize the costs resulting from a business trip for a company. The first step may be cooperation with a business travel agency / travel management service. These agencies can uncover savings opportunities when planning and booking travel as well as during the journey itself – i.e. the entirety of travel management. The total costs for business trips are reduced, therefore allowing the company to remain competitive. In addition, the professional support creates time savings for employees so that they can focus on their core tasks.
Travel management in combination with PartnerPlusBenefit
PartnerPlusBenefit significantly contributes to the optimisation of travel management. Participation in the corporate bonus program allows the travel costs to be reduced significantly, effectively “stretching” the travel budget more efficiently. The points collected can be redeemed for award flights, upgrades, vouchers or other rewards, leaving more funds available for more business trips and for attending personally to business relationships more often.