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MacNair Travel's InFlight Newsletter

Hello there,

Welcome back to InFlight. This month we're talking about ancillary spend. Are you taking the necessary steps to track and organize your expenditure? We discuss how to create awareness on and enforce your ancillary fee poilcy in our main article.

If you plan to travel soon, how do you avoid the Zika Virus? Find the details below and as always - contact us with any questions.

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.

Mike MacNair

Have a great week!

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Mike MacNair
Owner & CEO

Understanding and Analyzing Your Organization's Ancillary Spend

Ancillary_Spend.jpgAs we continue to see a trend of more ancillary spending and higher fees being charged for business travelers, we recommend that this expense is something your organization pay attention to and plan for. Travel vendors are benefitting significantly from adding these fees for the travel experience. Recent information from IdeaWorks and CarTrawler indicate that airline ancillary fees were projected to be more than $5 billion in 2015.

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Managed Travel Needs Assessment Checklist

TSA Working to Shorten Lines at Airports Across the Country

TSA Working to Shorten Lines at Airports Across the Country

Amid growing numbers of travelers, an increase as high as 10% since 2011 in some airports, there have been growing complaints at airports across the country about longer and longer wait times when going through security. Luckily there looks to be some relief for travelers. TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger recently announced that the decision to reduce TSA staff by 1,700 has been reversed and they are now training workers in double shifts to get their staff up to full strength. Neffenger acknowledged in congressional hearings that the average wait time for travelers grew from 3.5 minutes to 6 minutes in the last year as TSA officers scrutinize travelers and carry-on bags more thoroughly. The additional staffing is part of an effort to keep security tightened while still moving travelers efficiently through lines.

In addition, TSA has reassigned 28 canine teams to high-volume airports. These teams will have explosives-detection dogs sniffing passengers for traces of explosives and then travelers can move through expedited screening similar to the PreCheck Program. They will be able to leave on shoes and light coats, and leave laptops and small liquids in their carry-on bags. “We have gotten better,” Neffenger said. “Our job is to protect you and I promise to do that to the best of our ability.”

Keep in mind when traveling that TSA recommends that you arrive to the airport two hours early for domestic flights and three hours early for international flights, particularly when travelers during busier times, like holidays or spring break. Printing boarding passes early, packing liquids larger than 3.1 ounces in checked bags and emptying pockets into carry-on bags can help everyone get through TSA checkpoints faster.

Source: USA Today

3 Travel Policy Tips for Zika Virus Prevention

3 Travel Policy Tips for Zika Virus PreventionThe Zika virus has become a huge ongoing concern for travelers –pregnant women in particular. The virus, transmitted from Aedes mosquito bites, has only mild symptoms if any at all for most that are infected. However, there is mounting evidence that the Zika virus is linked to microcephaly, a birth defect that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads, causing severe developmental issues and sometimes death. Because of this risk to newborns, the Center of Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that pregnant women avoid travel to areas where the Zika virus is actively spreading and on March 8, The World Health Organization (WHO) joined them on that recommendation. 

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From The Travel Leadership Blog

Uber vs. Lyft: Which is the Best for Your Corporate Travel Program? 

Uber vs. Lyft: Which is the Best for Your Corporate Travel Program? The era of the sharing economy is upon us, presenting a myriad of choices for everyone, but especially travelers. Web sites like Airbnb have dramatically changed how consumers look for places to stay while travelling; ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have transformed the speed by which people get from one place to the next.

Businesses are also being impacted by these services, specifically Uber and Lyft. At first virtually ignored by businesses versus the traditional car services including taxi and rental car companies, ridesharing services are staking their claim with corporate business travelers, expanding their consumer-driven services through the launch of Uber for Business and Lyft for Work for business travelers.

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How to Attract and Retain Employees With Your Travel Policy

How to Attract and Retain Employees With Your Travel PolicyAn organization’s travel policy is the lifeblood of its travel management program. Preferred vendors, pre-trip planning, details on travel expense management and additional important information relating to travel is included in this document. When utilized to its full capacity, your organization’s travel policy can provide cost savings to your travel and entertainment line item, control over travel expenses and increase the productivity of your employees.

The travel policy can also be used as a tool to attract and retain the brightest and best employees within your business. Impressive talent in this global, highly-competitive economy is hard to find, especially those that deem travel as a large part of their employment. When you come across that perfect person, it’s critical that your corporate culture reflects a positive attitude and gives flexibility to travelers. Travel policies must be in place to meet the demands of these road warriors.

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How to Create an Effective T&E Policy Workbook