Book business trips – earn points with PartnerPlusBenefit
Whether you are booking business trips for yourself or planning company trips for your supervisors and colleagues – you should know more about PartnerPlusBenefit.
The free and powerful Austrian, Lufthansa and SWISS corporate bonus programme offers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) attractive opportunities to save on travel costs for business trips and motivate employees. With free flights, upgrades and vouchers for excess baggage, for example.
Background information on the topic
Business trips in Germany
In 2013, there were a total of about 171 million business trips by German companies.1 On average, over ten percent of all employees travel for their company at least once every year.2
Speaking about the duration of business trips, the Association of German Travel Management states that 55 percent of company trips take place over a period of one day at the most. Not even one in five business travellers is on the road for a period of four or more days.3
Occasions for company trips
There are many reasons to go on a business trip – especially due to ever-increasing globalisation. Meetings with customers or suppliers on site, meetings with colleagues at other company sites, participation in trade events, seminars for professional development, trade fairs, exhibitions or temporary secondments to other agencies or companies are among the most common reasons for an employee to leave the office for business reasons.4, 5
The importance of personal contact
Even in these times of modern communication technologies, personal meetings with business partners are a high priority for German companies. According to the study "Chefsache Business Travel 2014" by Travel Management Companies in the German Travel Association (DRV), the top reasons for business trips are achieving a better understanding of business partners and building networks.6
Transportation on business trips
The most frequently used method of transportation on company trips is the aircraft, followed by the car and train. The annual consumer report of the Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry states that longer distances are preferably travelled by aircraft: air traffic has dropped slightly compared to the previous year, but remains clearly at the forefront of transport with 56 percent.7
Flying: safely and on time
In terms of perceived security, aviation is once again clearly ahead: two out of three passengers believe that aircraft are the safest form of transportation. And every second passenger deemed the aircraft as the most reliable form of transportation. 7 Punctuality and efficiency, which are of great importance in the context of business trips.
Efficiently book business trips
Here, seven out of ten companies obtain support for booking train tickets or business flights with a specialist business trip travel agency.8 By bundling the bookings and their comprehensive understanding of price structures, these agents can help reduce travel costs and use the travel budget as efficiently as possible. Moreover, travel agents offer the option of managing corporate bonus programmes such as PartnerPlusBenefit for the participating companies, which further optimises the travel costs.
Get more out of business trips
By dropping travel costs – but motivating employees – PartnerPlusBenefit can become an important tool for a company. Employees earn valuable BenefitPoints on business trips, which can be exchanged for attractive awards such as free flights, upgrades or excess baggage vouchers.
And just one business trip is worthwhile: for example, a company can earn 21,200 BenefitPoints with a round trip for two persons in Lufthansa Business Class from Frankfurt to Shanghai. For these points, the company could receive the following awards, for example:
- 5 domestic German free flights (one-way) or
- 1 Business Class Upgrade from Frankfurt to Dubai, for example, or
- 3 x 1 additional pieces of luggage, each weighing up to 23 kg, on domestic German Business Class flights
In addition to earning BenefitPoints for the company, Miles & More members personally earn Miles & More miles on every business flight.