Traveling during the holiday season can be a stressful prospect for small business professionals. While many families and leisure travelers flock to the airport to start their holiday vacations, some savvy professionals focus on getting one more deal done or partnering with a new supplier across the country before the new year begins.
However, the influx of passengers during the holiday period can lead to higher-than-normal prices for airlines tickets and even fuel. In fact, the GO Group recently released a report that indicated airports and roadways will see a surge in the number of travelers in the coming weeks. The source found that 58 percent more travelers will fly during the holiday season compared to 2012.
Overall, 57 percent of respondents said they will fly out of town at least once during the holidays. Just 36 percent said the same a year ago. The busiest single holiday appears to be Thanksgiving, with more than one third of the GO Group respondents saying they will travel for the November event. That’s more than the 33 percent who are planning to spend Christmas away from home and the 13 percent that will celebrate New Year’s Eve in a different city.
High demand could increase prices
This data shows that there is likely to be an increased demand for hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel-related services. As a result, there could be a surge in prices for these expenses, which could force many business travelers to shell out more money.
According to the Sheboygan Press, booking flights well in advance is one of the best ways to reduce the cost of airfare. While this is effective, it’s often not an option for business travelers who need to get across the country on a moment’s notice.
However, by becoming an ABN member, frequent small business travelers can mitigate the impact of soaring holiday travel costs. ABN offers a number of discount codes for reputable hotel chains and car rental companies that are found across the world. Using ABN business discounts is fast and easy, even for busy professionals. Members simply need to go to the ABN website and navigate the easy-to-use business directory to find the discount for the brand they are searching for. From there, ABN provides detailed directions and links to help savvy professionals save money.