Tips for Do-It-Yourself Business Travelers
Corporate travel managers are essential elements of many organizations. They are skilled at handling travel logistics, negotiating discounts and solving problems on the fly. But many business travelers – especially employees at small to mid-sized companies – are flying solo, without the assistance of managed travel professionals.
For a new generation of business travelers, technology is the answer for researching and booking the most effective business trip. Here are three resources that support do-it-yourself (DIY) business travelers in their quest to balance comfort and convenience with safety and savings.
Mezi believes that “everyone traveling for work deserves a first class experience.” The company, recently acquired by American Express, has created an artificial intelligence travel agent that helps consumers plan and book trips. Travelers simply message the travel chatbot with requests for air, hotel or restaurant reservations; Mezi replies with recommendations and makes travel arrangements. The app combines learns traveler preferences over time; according to Mezi, “the more you go, the better it gets.”
Upside is an online travel service built specifically for DIY business travelers, focused on access to special pricing and customer service. Led by the founder of Priceline, Upside’s big-data “Flexibility Engine” evaluates flight and hotel choices and offers efficient options. With each trip purchased, Upside customers are rewarded with gift cards at retailers including Amazon. Upside has also partnered with The Wall Street Journal to power its version of the company’s service.
GroundLink offers black car rental for corporate clients, enabling DIY business travelers to access an elite ground transportation experience. The company’s app lets customers to book and track a luxury car service ride with a professional driver who is pre-screened, properly licensed and fully insured. Known for its consistency, reliability and high-quality rides, GroundLink offers the industry’s only on-time guarantee, backed up by 24/7 customer service support.
No technology can truly replace the power of a great corporate travel manager. However, these services can help DIY business travelers take the hard work out of booking a business trip – so they can focus instead on getting the job done.
GroundLink’s website and mobile app enable customers to easily book and track a private ride with a professional, reliable, safe driver – anytime, anywhere. Learn about The GroundLink Difference, check our rates or call (888) 546-6715.