Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Effective Business Traveler: How to Save Time and Money on Your Next Business Trip

American workers took more than 450 million domestic business trips in 2014, according to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). That amounts to nearly one-third of the total contributions to the travel and tourism industry. But while business travel is undoubtedly popular, it isn't always easy. New travelers often find themselves making embarrassing, costly mistakes in their first few trips. Brought to you by all of us at Day Flier, here are three things every business traveler should do before they depart.

1. Make Reservations

It may be unthinkable for the seasoned traveler, but some folks who travel for work fail or forget to make arrangements in advance. Not surprisingly, most of them run into problems before very long. They may have a hard time getting a ride at the airport or securing an affordable room at the last minute. As a result, they often go over their business trip budget and may have to cover the excess spending out of pocket.

By contrast, Day Flier makes it easy for business travelers to save time and money on chartered flights. They are one of the only booking services that present customers with a timeline or itinerary that includes both air travel and car service to and from the airport. Before you even book your flight, Day Flier will provide an accurate price quote to ensure that you stay within your travel budget.

2. Review Travel Expense Policy

Most companies have reimbursement policies designed to cover expenses for each business trip. More often than not, the company will place a daily limit on food and travel costs. Business travelers should always be aware of these limits before they leave on a trip. Pleading ignorance after you return with an exorbitant travel bill will only make you look unprofessional. With Day Flier's travel estimates, on the other hand, you won't have to worry about spending more than permitted—or about looking foolish in front of your boss.

3. Prepare a Packing List

Whether they leave their phone charger or toothbrush, most inexperienced business travelers forget things. Making a list before you pack is a simple, effective way to ensure you have everything you need on your business trip. And although Day Flier can't help you pack your bags, we provide you with an actual timeline of your trip—which should make it easier for you to decide what you need.

Whether you're struggling through your first few business trips or you're a seasoned pro, our services can help ensure a smooth—and stress-free—journey.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Business Trips Made Easy: Five Packing Tips for Business Travel

Whether you are a first-time flyer or a seasoned pro, planning a business trip can be a daunting experience. Getting paid to travel is a great perk, but managing an itinerary while focusing on meetings and agendas can be stressful. That’s why our team here at Day Flier is committed to helping all of our clients have the most stress-free trip possible. We iron out the details in your itinerary, saving you time, money, and hassle. However, the prospect of living out of a suitcase, even for just for a few days, can be challenging.   

Using a service like Day Flier can be an enormous step toward reducing business travel stress. We are often able to turn overnight trips into single day trips, thereby eliminating the need for stuffing suitcases with extra clothes and toiletries.  But for the unavoidable times when your trip must be longer, take a look at some of our favorite tips for mastering the art of packing for business travel.

1. Never Check a Bag

When flying with Day Flier you won’t need to worry about this, as you’ll bypass the baggage checking process altogether.  However, if you elect to fly with an airline, baggage claim and check in lines are a huge source of wasted time. Experienced travelers streamline this process by packing only what will fit into a carry-on bag. Anyone who has ever dealt with lost luggage understands how much time and sanity can be preserved by avoiding this unnecessary step altogether.

2. Black Is Your Best Friend

Black goes with everything and is the perfect solution for mixing and matching outfits. Having a versatile wardrobe will help you get through a long trip. Items such as blazers, scarves, and jewelry will help diversify your look and increase your outfit options.

3. Invest in Non-Iron Clothes

Men can get away with wearing the same shirt twice during a weeklong business trip. Invest in high-quality brands and materials that are wrinkle resistant.

4. Utilize All Spaces

Choose a briefcase or purse that can easily fit a laptop, tablet, or other device. If you can dress casually on the plane, wear gym shoes to save space. Use the nesting doll technique and stuff socks, underwear, and small items into shoes.

5. Keep Toiletries to a Minimum

Don’t worry about bringing shampoo and conditioner, as most hotels supply these items. You can even call ahead and make sure the room is equipped with a hair dryer if needed. Don’t be afraid to take the mini soaps and toothpaste that hotels provide for your next stop.

Remember the golden rule of business travel: Reduce, reduce, reduce. Whatever you think you need for a business trip, take less and save time. From all of us at Day Flier, happy traveling!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Five Indisputable Advantages Of Chartered Flights

Once considered a luxury for the uber wealthy, chartered flights are more affordable than ever. Here are five compelling reasons to book your next business trip with Day Flier.

1. Less Stress

Whether you are a good flier or a bad one, most of the stress associated with air travel is not experienced on the actual plane. Crowded airports, intrusive security checks, and lost baggage are enough to turn any trip into a nightmare. Booking a flight with Day Flier helps you avoid those obstacles so that you might actually enjoy yourself. And, unlike many of our competitors, we coordinate both air and ground charter services to reduce travel-related stress.

2. Fewer Delays/Cancellations

With access to a vast network of small-city airports across the nation, we can virtually eliminate the risk of flight cancellations and delays that plague commercial airlines. The only exception is if there's an airport closure due to inclement weather. In that unlikely instance, Day Flier may be able to reroute you to a nearby airport for faster service.

3. Increased Productivity

One of the greatest benefits of chartered flights is that you won't have to deal with crying babies, annoying neighbors, imperious flight attendants, and all the other time thieves on commercial airlines. You are then free to concentrate on your work in a comfortable environment. Day Flier will also provide a travel timeline that will help plan your schedule in transit.

4. Greater Luxury

Even if you're flying first class, there's still a chance you could have a bad experience. Why? Because just like the other passengers on the plane, you may encounter long lines, lost baggage, inexplicable delays, and all the other inconveniences associated with commercial air travel. That's why private planes always seem luxurious, even if they're not luxury models. Day Flier can also request special services and amenities from our charter flight operators. You might, for example, request a gourmet menu, in-flight entertainment, and bar service.

5. More Privacy

As you might expect, one of the chief benefits of chartered flights from Day Flier is that they afford a much higher level of privacy than commercial flights. Because you are in charge of the passenger list, there's no need to sit next to a stranger for hours on end. You are free instead to spend your time as you please. Sounds like a pleasant trip to us!

To set up a stress-free travel experience, fill out the forms located on Day Flier's site and request a quote.

Five Tips To Remove Stress From Business Travel

According to a recent survey, about 10 percent of Americans travel frequently for business. Although the profits and revenues these road warriors generate are considerable, there are hidden costs. Almost all of them report travel-related stress that makes doing their jobs more difficult. With that in mind, here are five tips that will help you learn how to travel stress free for a business trip.

1. Avoid Alcohol

Although a drink or two may help some travelers unwind, excessive alcohol consumption can exacerbate the symptoms of jet lag. It is far healthier to drink water or fresh fruit juice instead.

2. Get Some Exercise

Because it releases endorphins that calm the stress response, regular exercise is one of the best ways to relieve anxiety and stress on a business trip. A quick run on a treadmill or even a few minutes of calisthenics should be enough to help you relax.

3. Take Slow, Deep Breaths

If you get nervous during takeoff and landing, take a few deep breaths. This simple exercise will increase the supply of oxygen to your brain, promoting a state of relaxation that will help you master how to travel stress free for a business trip.

4. Stay Hydrated

Because business travelers are often in a hurry to catch a flight or collect their bags, they can burn a lot of calories on trips. As a result, they may get dehydrated without even knowing it. This lack of fluids generally makes it harder for them to deal with stress in a healthy, timely manner. Carrying a water bottle and taking regular sips can help prevent the symptoms of this common condition.

5. Listen To The Music

For some travelers, there is nothing more relaxing than listening to their favorite tunes in transit. Whether you enjoy jazz, rock, or classical music, the pleasant sounds can drown out unwanted noise. An extremely effective stress management tool, music is also inexpensive and easy to take with you on the road.

Brought to you by the good people at Day Flier, these simple tips can help any road warrior master how to travel stress free for a business trip.