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MacNair Travel's InFlight Newsletter

Hello there,

Welcome back to InFlight. This month we're discussing the impacts of the TSA delay debacle. Are TSA pre-check lines worth it for travelers? With 4,500 missed flights since January, new apps and airport budgeting increases are arising to create a seamless travel experience. Be sure to check out the full article below.

Continue reading to learn more about government contract travel strategies and employee booking statistics. Discover more information on our blog at blog.macnairtravel.com.

We continue to add new tools to our website. Please visit often to get the most up-to-date information to help you manage your travel program effectively and efficiently. As always - contact us with any questions you may have while reading.

Mike MacNair

Have a great week!

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Mike MacNair
Owner & CEO

TSA's Security Check Delays Scrutinized: #iHateTheWait

#iHateTheWait is Trending for Good Reason but What Are the Broader Impacts of the TSA Delay Debacle?This latest round of airport security check chaos has resulted in the trending hashtag, #iHateTheWait. This isn’t the first time the TSA has had people up in arms. The real problem is that the agency is once again more concerned with getting funding than it is with fixing itself. A lengthy wait in TSA security lines is something many frequent business travelers have been accustomed to for years. It was in part what drove the TSA to create the PreCheck and Global Entry expedited screening programs four years ago.

The agency had hoped that, after introducing the expediting programs, 25 million travelers would sign up for them. As it’s painfully clear, the TSA isn’t very good with numbers (even loose estimations). Approximately 7.25 million people have enrolled in these programs to date. Lest not forget that TSA PreCheck lanes don’t even exist where they should at some major airports like LAX’s Tom Bradley terminal.

Looking at more numbers, the TSA now has about 42,000 officers, which is 5,000 less than they had in 2013. Yet, between 2013 and 2016, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE the union that represents TSA officers) claims that travel volume has risen 15% from 643 million to 740 million.

Given these realities, it’s no surprise that the AFGE is now saying that TSA needs 6,000 additional officers to address the problem of long wait times. The response? TSA is allocating $34 million in funds it received last Friday from Congress to hire an additional 768 full-time screening officers (about one third of that workforce will be deployed to Chicago O’Hare), as well as providing increases to part-time staffing and overtime. They also plan to deploy more bomb sniffing dog units at major hubs – no surprise there’s a delay in this initiative as well.

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How to Stay Compliant as a Government Contractor

How to Stay Compliant as a Government ContractorIt’s no secret that July and August are relatively quieter months in DC when it comes to doing business with the government. This makes for a great opportunity to go back to your travel policy (if you have one) review it and make any necessary adjustments. Even more importantly, if you don’t have a well-defined travel policy, it’s important to develop one. Our T&E Policy Workbook can help you get started.

Companies that are awarded government contracts have unique travel needs when it comes to travel policy planning. Compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Fly America Act or understanding the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) requires thoughtful leadership, experience and patience with government requirements and the ensuing paperwork. We’ve learned that government contract travel requires different strategies versus working with commercial businesses.

One of the biggest challenges faced by contracted travelers is the myriad of rules and regulations that need to be followed to stay compliant while traveling as a contractor. Working for the U.S. Government involves extensive rules put in place to ensure fairness in the award and maintenance of contracts that use public funds.

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Travelers Say They Want to Book Everything on One Platform but Don't do So

Travelers Say They Want to Book Everything on One Platform but Don't do SoIn March of this year, French travel management company KDS surveyed 1,216 UK and US business professionals about their habits and preferences for booking corporate travel. The results of the study are both surprising and unsurprising.

What is unsurprising is that, when it comes to booking convenience, 49 percent of respondents booked directly with suppliers, nearly 30 percent cited a wider choice of travel content, and 14% named lower costs. Less than half of those surveyed used an expense management tool while a similar amount used spreadsheets to track expenses.

While these numbers are similar to what we come across when working with new clients, the survey provided visibility into something we know but don’t always have visibility into. That’s the fact that 74 percent of these traveling business professionals want to use a single centralized corporate booking tool, but only 34 percent of them do.

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From The Travel Leadership Blog

4 Travel Program Results Necessary for SME Success

4 Travel Program Results Necessary for SME SuccessThe corporate travel program within your SME, while vital to your company’s success, can also prove to be quite cumbersome to manage. Ensuring your road warriors are following policy, booking and managing itineraries, reconciling expenses while at the same time, keeping this line item at or under budget is a challenge for finance executives. As the second largest controllable cost within your organization, the travel and expense (T&E) line item must absolutely be managed to be sure your business is appropriately balancing a successful corporate travel program and a thriving, profitable business.

Many times, SME’s look to partner with a travel management company (TMC) to lead their corporate travel program. A TMC provides a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, relationships with preferred vendors, and the systems and processes to ensure your T&E line item is appropriately managed. Their high level service provides tangible, direct results compared to that of a travel agency, creating a successful corporate travel management program that drives positive outcomes for your SME.

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Is Your Travel Management Company Taking Travelers' Welfare Seriously?

Is Your Travel Management Company Taking Travelers' Welfare Seriously?Businesses are connecting with customers all over the world. Whether you’re a large multi-national corporation, a small government contractor or a small-medium sized enterprise (SME), the success of your business often requires your employees to travel to both stable and unstable regions of the globe.

Managing your corporate travel program – balancing your travel and expense (T&E) budget with travel policy compliance and meeting the needs of your travelers – can be incredibly time-consuming. Adding in the potential uncertainty and responsibilities that come with traveler safety can contribute to an undue amount of stress. In fact, a recent study from BCD Travel states that travel managers rate “traveler safety and security” even more importantly that savings and cost control.

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