Make business travel adjustments to account for leisure travel this holiday season

Friday, November 16, 2012 5:43:48 PM

It is one of the greatest ironies of our times that many business' busy season coincides with the holiday months. No matter where your business travel takes you this holiday season, make sure to consider the seasonal rush when planning your corporate car rental, air or train travel, as well as your lodging plans.

According to Travel Agent Central, AAA forecasts that 43.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from their homes during this Thanksgiving week, an increase of 0.7 percent from last year. Over the entire season, 84 million Americans will make trips to see family and friends, according to The Huffington Post. About 42 percent of these travelers plan to fly to their destination, so business travelers should make sure to book air travel reservations ahead of time to avoid the largest "messes" of holiday travel.

In addition to making early reservations, business travelers should also anticipate some longer travel and wait times during the upcoming weeks, which tend to be the busiest travel days of the year. The Wednesday before each holiday tends to be the busiest day for flying, driving and traveling by train. Business professionals traveling on these days will want to account for a few extra hours of delays due to crowded airports, highways and skyways.

Finally, businesses may want to adjust their business travel budgets. According to AAA, travelers staying at certain hotels will pay slightly more during this season than other times of the year. Rental car rates and airfare rates will also increase, the source reported.

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