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June 2016 InFlight

What Are Branded Fares and What do They Mean for Your Travel Program?

What Are Branded Fares and What do They Mean for Your Travel Program?Branded fares aren’t new to the airline travel industry but they are most often discussed in a manner of: 1) how they benefit carriers and 2) how they benefit individual travelers. But what are branded fares really and how can we understand them in the context of managed travel?

Branded fares are the bundling of optional services that airlines historically charged for a la carte – in addition to the base fare – or provided on a complimentary basis. We refer to these in industry terms as ancillary services and ancillary fees

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May 2016 InFlight

TSA's Security Check Delays Scrutinized: #iHateTheWait

TSA's Security Check Delays Scrutinized: #iHateTheWaitThis 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.

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April 2016 InFlight

4 Tactics for Reviewing and Updating Your Travel Policy

4 Tactics for Reviewing and Updating Your Travel PolicyIt’s that time of year when we deep dive into providing consulting services to our customers regarding the best ways to manage T&E, the second largest controllable cost for the average U.S. organization. In providing guidance in how to best manage this line item, we start with a review of the organization’s travel and expense policy. Ensuring they are current, effective and complete, balanced, and in alignment with business objectives are the key benefits to updating this “job aide.” Sure, at times business process isn’t often top of mind and updating it can easily get put on the back burner. There always seems to be something that comes up that takes priority and distracts you from this task. 

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March 2016 InFlight

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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February 2016 InFlight

8 Opportunities to Assess Within Your Travel Program This Year

8 Opportunities to Assess Within Your Travel Program This YearAs we begin to settle into 2016, in line with our goal to help transform the way your organization approaches travel and your travelers or road warriors experience travel, MacNair Travel Management would like to bring your attention some opportunities to assess within your travel program. This is information that our team feels could be impactful in the travel landscape along with items pulled from our 2016 Trends in Travel Management for the SME Marketplace Whitepaper, which you should check out for further insights on what to expect this year. We have these systems and services in place, so if you have any questions or would like more information place let us know.

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January 2016 InFlight

6 Actions to Take to Avoid Travel Disruptions & Safety Issues to Start 2016

6 Actions to Take to Avoid Travel Disruptions & Safety Issues to Start 2016Winter is upon and us and the world doesn’t seem like its getting any safer. The travel system can be easily impacted in a significant way by disruptions like we have seen over the past few months. Those who are prepared will remain as safe as possible and will avoid hassles where possible. Looking forward into the first quarter, here is what you need to know and do to ensure your travelers avoid any disruptions that may come their way:

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December 2015 InFlight

6 Common Missteps in Most Travel & Expense Policies

6 Common Missteps in Most Travel & Expense Policies

One of the first things that we ask for when we implement a new customer’s travel program is their Travel & Expense (T&E) policy. It is a good indication of what pieces of the travel program are working well, what pieces are not and what really needs to be addressed. Ambiguity is by far the biggest issue that we see throughout most T & E policies. When you do not clearly define your guidelines throughout your policy, money is left on the table and operational efficiencies are not fully realized.

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November 2015 InFlight

2016 Travel Forecast- Airfares Expected to Remain Flat and Hotel Rates Will Increase

2016 Travel Forecast- Airfares Expected to Remain Flat and Hotel Rates Will IncreaseAs we approach the end of the year, we know many of you are looking at 2016 budgets and preparing for next year. What can you expect next year for airfare, hotel and car rates? We have pulled together data from reports released by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Business Travel News (BTN) in order to give you an idea of what to expect next year and budget accordingly. 

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October 2015 InFlight

13 Reasons to Get Your Rogue Travelers to Comply With Your Travel Policy

13 Reasons to Get Your Rogue Travelers to Comply With Your Travel PolicyAs we approach the end of the year, we know many of you are looking at 2016 budgets and preparing for next year. What can you expect next year for airfare, hotel and car rates? We have pulled together data from reports released by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Business Travel News (BTN) in order to give you an idea of what to expect next year and budget accordingly. 

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September 2015 InFlight

MacNair Launches New Site

MacNair Launches New SiteAt MacNair Travel Management, we understand how challenging it can be to effectively manage your travel program. That’s why when we decided to redesign our website, we made its focus YOU. The new site is a place you can rely on to find answers to all of your travel management questions. We’ve developed tools that assess, teach and inform. In our blog, we will keep you up-to-date on the latest trends, explain how they impact you and continue to provide educational information about controlling costs, policy consideration, balancing organizational needs with traveler satisfaction and more.

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