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Are you a rogue traveller?


By nature, air travel is a deeply personal thing.

We know the carriers we prefer to fly with. We know how we like to book. We know how we like to check in and where we want to sit. We know what we do (and do not) like to eat.
 
But when we’re flying for business, things can become a little more complicated. Company policies come into play, and all of a sudden, our well-oiled personal travel machines get thrown out of gear. We need to fly with preferred airlines, book with particular tools, adhere to fare regulations, and pay with approved cards.
 
With all those requirements, it’s tempting to go rogue. However, every rogue decision is accompanied by a little pang of guilt, and perhaps with good reason. Here are our top 3 reasons why it might not be such a good idea to be your company’s rogue traveller:

1. Support during disruptions

Travel disruptions ... They’re the unfortunate but unavoidable aspect of travel. Whether it’s bad weather, industrial action or an instance of unrest, there are countless opportunities for your travel plans to be impacted. And whether you’re on the ground, in the air, down the hall or on the other side of the world, your company has a responsibility for your duty of care. They need to know where you are, and that you’re safe and secure. So if you’ve gone rogue and have booked travel outside your company’s policy, you’re at risk of being out on your own. By booking your travel according to your company’s policy, you can be assured that your company (and their partner airlines) will be by your side, ensuring you’re supported throughout any disruptions. So you can be safe (and productive) wherever you are.

2. Company investment

Travel is consistently among the most investment-heavy items on a company’s P&L, and is constantly being reviewed to ensure a strong return on investment. To maximise this further, most companies work closely with their partner airlines to make the best use of their travel investment. This means negotiating preferred supplier rates, developing a policy to ensure employee compliance, and having maximum visibility of travel expenses. Therefore, to ensure your company can continue to invest in travel, they need to have full visibility of where and how you’re travelling. Of course, if you book on your own terms, your employer will have no oversight of how you’re travelling, and cannot qualify or quantify the ROI.

3. Behind-the-scenes corporate support

While it may feel as though you’re booking the best deal for you by going rogue (points hoarding, anyone?), there are a number of behind-the-scenes benefits that come with your company’s corporate policy. Your company will no doubt be working with a good airline partner and/or Travel Management Company (TMC) who provide a total and full end-to-end experience that adds value to an overall travel programme. As well as offering savings through corporate fares and company deals, their service allows for reduced administration, which saves you time and assists your productivity. Your company’s partners will also help to provide reporting and cost saving analytics to monitor your company’s programme and identify optimisation opportunities. So by booking your travel according to your company’s policy, you’re helping both your organisation and yourself to be more effective. It makes for good business sense - and you aren’t compromising that personal brand you’ve worked so hard to build.
 
So next time you’re thinking of going rogue with your business travel, perhaps think again.




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