Here are a few tips for business travelers on how to keep the costs of their business trips to a minimum. The costs associated with business travel can add up quickly, especially in a situation where travel is an unavoidable and frequent part of doing business, and these expenses can put a great deal of strain on a tight small business budget.

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For many business travellers it can become a routine: there's an hour to kill at the airport, andbefore heading to the lounge you use up some of your exchanged money by last-minute shopping for gifts or a bottle of whisky. The term duty free is ubiquitous in the travellers' world, but do we really know how much we have saved?

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Almost every airline has either their own loyalty program or belongs to an alliance of airlines. Travelers should ask themselves if it’s worthwhile to join based on the frequency and type of travel purchased. Cost is either complimentary or minimal and the joining process is simple. There are benefits to be had, but they can require patience and perseverance to profit from them.

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In our last edition we discussed the importance of a travel policy. Whats next? It is not enough to just develop a travel policy and assume that employees know what to do with it. Regular updates and modifications are reruired to keep travel policies up-to-date. Too few companies update their travel programs and expense policies and are often left with older, costlier corporate rates, a new industry study shows.

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How well do your employees follow company guidelines for business travel? Are there areas in your travel program where improved compliance could save you more?

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