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Just Put It on the Corporate Tab

Posted by Karen Yi on September 18, 2008

Dailyperk_20080917_onthecor You're a corporate employee barely alive after last month's layoffs. After a long dry spell, the company finally decides to send you abroad. You take it. Transportation, accommodation and meals-included. It's an all expense paid trip, but not exactly your dream vacation.

With companies cutting down on business travel and the economy forcing households to rule out leisure trips, employees are being hard-pressed to find alternatives for their vacation. Jim Cohn, a spokesman for Orbitz for Business said in an interview with The New York Times, "a majority of business travelers we survey tell us they're traveling as much, if not more." So how exactly are these employees still managing to take their much needed vacations?

The answer is simple-by putting it on the corporate tab. More and more employees are taking advantage of business trips by meshing them with personal or family vacations. But is combining business with pleasure really a money saving strategy? If the company's paying, why not bring along the whole family, right? Well, not exactly. In reality, tacking on extra days to a pre-paid trip is cheaper because the company already pays for the flight. One less airfare could mean one nicer dinner with the fam. And if you're lucky, you might just be able to extend your hotel stay for the same discounted corporate price.

The economy is not the only gun-hoe encourager behind these business-pleasure vacations. In their profit-seeking schemes, airlines have actually opened up a whole new portal for leisure travel to mooch off of corporations. With airlines increasingly charging for trivialities to compensate for rising oil prices and plummeting profits, they recently incorporated what they call "minimum-stay fare rules." Basically, another money-sucking implementation, but this one might just benefit the corporate world, or at least their employees.

With these new rules, it's the companies that end up losing, paying double to four times as much for short business trips. Cheaper fares require two-to-three-day stays and often a Saturday night. And that's where the vacation time kicks in. If you're going to stay the weekend, benefit from it. Combining these business trips with pleasure ends up being more economical for the company and enjoyable for the employee. It-s a win-win situation. And it's the growing trend.

Your packing checklist is simple and obvious, basically preparing for a work sleepover - now add in baby formula, some toys, a bathing suit and casual clothes.

Whoever said work couldn't be fun?

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Tony

Thats a great idea :) I had never thought of that thank you. Great blog by the way. Hey i also found a cool site that i think you will like, its called www.baraaza.com

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