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Do you or your company know to check the ‘promo codes’ on airline websites?  Or, that Wednesday is the best day to book flights online?  These two ideas can help you get the best airline deals whether you travel for business or pleasure.

For all the tea in China : how England stole the world's favorite drink and changed history
Sarah Rose.
New York : Viking, 2010.
Rose's remarkable account follows the journey of Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, who was deployed by the British East India Company to steal China's tea secrets in 1848. This thrilling narrative combines history, geography, and old-fashioned adventure.
     
Design and launch an online travel business in a week
Entrepreneur Press & Charlene Davis.
[Irvine, Calif.] : Entrepreneur Press, c2009.
A total turnkey solution, this hands-on guide provides easy-to-follow techniques and professional advice that lead readers to choose their online travel specialty, build a service Web site, find qualified providers, and set up a payment system and more in just days.
     
Booker T. Washington and the struggle against white supremacy : the southern educational tours, 1908-1912
David H. Jackson, Jr.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
From 1908 to 1912, Booker T. Washington, the preeminent African American leader of his day, won numerous followers and supporters by taking a series of "educational tours" through several states in the American South. Though often neglected by scholars, these tours played a critical role in the evolution of Washington's career. This regional study focuses on five of his major tours through Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, Texas, and Florida, deemphasizing Washington's rivalry with W. E. B. Du Bois while focusing on the more general objective of undermining white supremacy. Book jacket.
     
The savvy business traveler's guide to customs and practices in other countries : the dos and don'ts to impress your hosts and make the sale
by Dan Blacharski.
Ocala, Fla. : Atlantic Pub. Group, c2008.
Includes index.
     
The business traveler guide to Orlando
Jason R. Rich.
[Irvine, Calif.] : Entrepreneur Press, c2008.
From what to pack to entertaining clients, this comprehensive guide is the perfect companion for Orlando business travelers. Travel expert Jason R. Rich and Entrepreneur magazine give travelers a no-stoneunturned resource to one of the top destinations among business travelers today. While you may not be a native of Orlando, this guide will help you feel like one while you're there: Full-color maps of Orlando and surrounding areas, including the Orlando International Airport and the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), Quick-reference event planning tools offering contact information for the best organizations and business services in Orlando, including the OCCC, the second largest trade show and exhibit venue in the country, Detailed information on area hotels, resorts, timeshare properties and other accommodations, including "The Business Traveler Top 15 Business-Friendly Hotels" list, Recommendations for entertaining clients including "The Business Traveler Top 20 Fine-Dining Restaurants in Orlando" list, local hot spots and Walt Disney World Resort, Exclusive tips and instructions on booking airfare and navigating through Orlando International Airport. Book jacket.
     
Kiss, bow, or shake hands : Latin America : how to do business in 18 Latin American countries
Terri Morrison and Wayne A. Conaway.
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2007.
In today's rapidly expanding global marketplace, business people must understand the distinctive customs of the major nations. This guide helps them do exactly that. It's filled with important facts about business customs, behavioral styles, social customs, gift giving, and much more.
     
Kiss, bow, or shake hands : Asia : how to do business in 12 Asian countries
Terri Morrison and Wayne A. Conaway.
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2007.
In today's rapidly expanding global marketplace, business people must understand the distinctive customs of the major nations. This guide helps them do exactly that. It's filled with important facts about business customs, behavioral styles, social customs, gift giving, and much more.
     
The business traveler guide to Las Vegas
Jason R. Rich.
[Irvine Calif.] : Entrepreneur Press, c2007.
This one-of-a-kind travel guide is exclusively for business travelers visiting Las Vegas. Jason R. Rich has tapped into Entrepreneur's 29 years of experience to offer the essential expert information that vacation guidebooks ignore. Top picks for hidden Vegas highlights that are great for business entertaining from shows, casinos and lounges to golf courses, sports and details about Las Vegas' infamous nightlife, Exclusive reviews and recommendations for the top business-friendly hotels, restaurants, shows and attractions, Money-saving strategies for booking airfare and getting great deals on accomodations, meals and entertainment, Full-color maps of the Strip, downtown Las Vegas, Monorail route and the Convention Center, Handy information on ground transportation from taxis and stretch limos to the Las Vegas Monorail system, Contact information for hundreds of essential business and personal services. Book jacket.
     
SkyMaul : happy crap you can buy from a plane : the unauthorized catalog parody
by Kasper Hauser Comedy Group (Rob Baedeker, Dan Klein, James Reichmuth, John Reichmuth).
New York : St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books, 2006.
From the Japanese "Thank You Toilet" to the Drinking Age Time Zone Watch, "Skymaul" is a hilarious parody of the in-flight sales catalog. 200+ full-color illustrations.
     
When in Rome or Rio or Riyadh-- : cultural Q & As for successful business behavior around the world
Gwyneth Olofsson.
Yarmouth, Me. : Intercultural Press, c2004.
This engaging volume provides business travelers with insights into the cultural mores they'll encounter worldwide. The volume is based on the author's experience as a trainer and author of a column for Volvo's in-house magazine, Global. As part of her text, Olofsson includes over 100 letters she's received from readers and her replies to them as vivid examples for topics that include how to discern which name to use, cultural attitudes towards time and gender, and other fine points of etiquette. For each topic, the mores are described for a list of 33 countries. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     

The Internet is a good place to start looking for deals.  Check out the websites of reputable online travel organizations, travel agents, and various airlines. Compare rates, promotions, and fees. 

  • Visit the websites of airlines and look for their ‘promo codes’. Sign up to take advantage of these savings.
  • Consider booking flight and hotel packages together.  Need to rent a car? It may be cheaper to bundle all three together.
  • Companies may find significant savings by scheduling business trips to popular tourist destinations during the off-season.

Avoid airline fees

Bring only carry-on luggage

Minimize size of checked luggage

Pack your own snacks

Bring your pillow & blanket

Bring your own headset

When you actually book your flight, save money by carefully choosing the day and time you fly and the airport you use.

  • Wednesday is the best day to book online and the best day to fly.  Early flights may cost less than ones later in the day. 
  • Flying non-stop may add to your costs.  If you’re willing to stop along the way, check for possible savings.  Don’t forget extra stops can mean changing planes and hurrying between gates to stay on schedule. 
  • Compare prices between nearby airports.  Travelers to Washington DC can compare prices at Dulles, Reagan, and BWI.  Factor in land transportation costs between the airport and your lodging or business destination.   

Competition and demand determine airfare prices.  Your budget and your schedule determine the best airline deal for you.  Consider each in your search for the best airline deal. 

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff