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Business travel myths that could cost you money

Thursday, March 3, 2013 11:53:27 AM

When it comes to business travel, it's always good to be on the lookout for ways to save your company money. From airplane tickets to hotel rooms, there are myths circulating that may end up costing you. Know the truth to avoid unnecessary expenses:

Myth: Book your plane tickets far in advance
Fact: The price of airfare fluctuates depending upon business needs and market forces. You should aim to book your ticket approximately six weeks before take-off - that's when airlines start to fill empty seats.

Myth: The best hotel deals come from discount travel sites
Fact: Although you may find a great price on a hotel room from a third-party website, calling the hotel directly may allow you to negotiate for a better room with the type of view you want. Nothing beats personal contact.

Myth: You don't need cash
Fact: Many food carts, market vendors and other small merchants (like local coffee shops) will only accept cash. You can't be guaranteed that a no-fee ATM will be in the area, so it's best to have some money on you just in case.