Making business travel more Rewarding

Making business travel more rewarding.

Business travellers often tell me that one of the things they find most frustrating is being unable to redeem their frequent flyer miles.

Typically, someone taking long-haul flights on the best airline for their business trips, often finds it difficult to redeem an airline’s miles for their personal leisure travel/flights, often with that same airline.

Your regular business destination might not be a great location to take your family on vacation. Or you simply might want to go somewhere completely different when you travel for leisure.

So it’s great to find that some airlines have struck deals that allow you to accrue rewards on one and redeem them for flights on the other.

A great example of is Emirates and easyJet. Emirates Skywards members can use Skywards Miles to pay for their easyJet flights, inclusive of taxes, charges and airport fees, as well as for optional extras such as sports equipment.

For example, a business class return trip from London to Dubai on Emirates can earn you 11,400 Skywards Miles. Make that trip four times and you could earn more than 45,000 Skywards Miles.

With easyJet flying on over 600 routes to more than 30 countries, it’s simple to find a great leisure destinations to spend your Skywards Miles on. And with redemptions for easyJet flights starting from just 7,500 Skywards Miles for a one way trip, you could be arranging holiday flights very soon.

Talk to your GTM Account Manager next time you take an Emirates flight to check the Skywards Miles you can earn. You might find it very rewarding.

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Lufthansa Companion Fare Offer – Fantastic Offer!

Lufthansa Group are now selling, for a limited period, companion fares for customers who buy either a First, or Business Class, ticket.

Valid from the UK to the following cities: Bangkok, Beijing, Bogota, Delhi, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo or Shanghai.

Fares are on sale now and until 3rd September 2018, and valid for travel between 15th September 2018 & 30th June 2019.

The discounts on offer are considerable, for example, a fare for one person to Hong Kong starts from £1950, but for two people the equivalent fare is just £1250pp.

Early booking is advisable though due to restricted capacity.

Spain – taxi drivers strike 31st July

If you’re visiting Spain in the coming days, be aware that taxi drivers have called an indefinite strike in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Alicante, Malaga and Bilbao. Other destinations may be affected at short notice. The strikes are causing some disruption in city centres, as well as access to and from airports. If you’re intending to make an important journey by taxi, consider planning your journey in advance, checking alternative travel options and allowing extra time to complete your journey.

At present, the strike is still ongoing according to our (GTM’s) latest news sources.

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It’s Back! Complimentary Upgrade to First With BA.

Effective immediately, book an eligible Club World return fare and receive a complimentary upgrade to First with British Airways.

You can upgrade to First, one-way on either the outbound, or the inbound part of the journey; simply purchase an eligible published semi-flexible R, D, or C class, or a fully flexible J class, Club World fare by 7 October 2018.

This offer is available on as many flights as you like when outbound travel is by 23 October 2018.

Upgrades are subject to availability on selected flights.

What’s more, you can also upgrade to First on some American Airlines operated flights to the US, Canada and Mexico too (when booked with a British Airways codeshare flight number).

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And Another New Route From BA!

British Airways has announced another new route on its network by starting direct flights to Durban this winter.

The thrice weekly service will launch on October 29 2018, departing Heathrow at 1545 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving into Durban’s King Shaka International airport at 0535 the following day. The return leg will leave the South African city at 0735 on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, landing back into London at 1745.

The new route will be the only direct service between Europe and Durban, and will be served by a B787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

Tickets start from £599 return in World Traveller, £1,214 in World Traveller Plus, and £3,199 in Club World.

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New British Airways Service To Nashville.

Commencing on Friday 4th May 2018 British Airways started flying a new service between London Heathrow and Nashville.

BA is operating the service five times a week and will be the only airline to fly direct between Europe and the capital of Tennessee.

The route will be operated by a Boeing Dreamliner 787-8, with return fares in World Traveller starting from £749, £1196 in World Traveller Plus and £1,849 in Club World.

The flights will run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with the BA223 departing from Heathrow at 1545 and arriving into Nashville airport at 1850, while the BA222 will leave Nashville at 2020, arriving in London at 1030 the next day.

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Qatar Airways – New Cardiff Service.

Qatar Airways is to showcase its new Airbus A350-900 aircraft when it commences its new service between Cardiff & Doha next month.

The daily Cardiff-Doha route will, ordinarily, be served by a Boeing B787 Dreamliner, configured with 22 business class and 232 economy seats.

However, Qatar Airways has confirmed that its inaugural flight into the Welsh capital will feature the A350, “in recognition of the aircraft’s links to Wales” – the wings of the aircraft are built at Airbus’ factory in Broughton.

The flight schedules for the new Doha-Cardiff route are as follows:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Departs Doha at 0725, arrives into Cardiff at 1250
Departs Cardiff at 1555, arrives into Doha at 0045 the following day

Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

Departs Doha at 0115, arrives into Cardiff at 0640
Departs Cardiff at 0810, arrives into Doha at 1700

Please note, that until mid-June Qatar Airways will be operating a reduced five times weekly service on the route.

Lastly, the airline is also set to relaunch flights to/from Gatwick airport next month, following a gap of seven years.

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Eurostar Confirms Start of Amsterdam Services.

Eurostar has confirmed the start of services between London St Pancras station and Amsterdam Centraal on 4th April 2018.

Trains departing from St Pancras will take 3 hours 41 minutes, with a morning service departing at 0831 and an early evening service at 1731. However, on the return service passengers will have to take a Thalys train from Amsterdam Centraal to Brussels-Midi/Zuid, in order to go through security, before taking a Eurostar service back to St Pancras.

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The Business Travel Show 2018

The Business Travel Show is the biggest event in Europe for business travel professionals, taking place at Olympia London on 21-22 February 2018. Over 7,500 visitors and 260 suppliers are expected to attend, including all of the world’s major airlines and hotel brands, ground transfer companies, serviced apartment providers and, of course, us – Global Travel Management!

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