Flying with Pets

travelling with pets

Do you have to travel by air in the near future?  If you do, are you a pet owner who needs to bring your pet along with you?  Though most of us leave our pets at home, you may not want to do so or your purpose for travel may be to move, as opposed to taking a fun filled vacation.  Regardless of your reasons for wanting or needing to travel with your pet or pets, there are a number of important points that you will need to keep in mind.

The first step in traveling with a pet is to make sure that you can do so.  While a good number of carriers will allow pets on their planes, not all will. You may be in a dilemma if you plan to depart from a small airport with only one or two carriers.  If they do not accept pets or if their rules and restrictions are too much for you to handle, you will want to examine other nearby airports, especially those that are larger in size.

When traveling by air with your pet or pets, it is important to remember that you will be charged an extra fee.  Regretably, many first time pet travelers believe that they can use their pets and their pet carriers to count towards as a carry-on bag or a checked bag.  This isn’t how it works though.  You will, almost always, be charged an extra fee for traveling with a pet.  This extra fee will likely vary on the airline in question and well as your pet’s location, such as in the cabin or in the baggage compartment.

That leads to additional important point.  Even with some of the carriers that allow pets, like cats and dogs, aboard their flights, not all allow pets to be in the cabin with other passengers.  This is particularly common on small planes where allergies may be a big concern.  If you cannot part with your pet, be sure to search for an airline that will allow you to keep him or her in the cabin with you.  With that said, remember that the size of your pet will also play a huge factor in your options.

Regardless of where your pet is kept for the plane ride, you will need to have a pet carrier or crate for them.  Many carriers have specific rules and restrictions on what type can be used.  Resections often include materials used, as well as size.  Most will provide you with that information when asked.  Speaking of pet crates and carriers, it is important to make sure that you give your pet enough room to stand and move around a little bit.  In fact, most carriers will refuse to transport pets that they feel are unsafe from small pet crates and carriers.

It is also important to make sure that you get your pet checked by their vet.  You will want to make sure that your pet has all required vaccinations and that they are fit for travel.  Also, all carriers require that you receive a health certificate, which will state that your pet is healthy and safe for travel.

The above mentioned points are just a few of the many that you will want to take into thought when traveling with a pet.  Added tips include booking direct flights, making sure your pet’s collar is marked with the proper documentation, as well as their pet carrier.

Car Rental Tips on Budget

Budget Car Rental

Car Rental can be a big holiday expense if you are traveling on budget. Getting the best deal on the transportation is very important to keeping your holiday fun while staying within budget.

 

One way to keep expenses as low as possible is to choose the smallest, most economical car you and your family are happy with. Choosing a compact, subcompact or economy car makes sense on a number of levels. For one thing, such budget rental cars are usually less pricey to rent in the first place.

 

The other important consideration, however, is a gas mileage. You as the renter of the car will be responsible for keeping it gassed up, including topping off the tank before returning it. Buying a car that gets great mileage will definitely help your travel budget stretch farther.

 

If you need a bigger rental car or minivan, it is important to shop around for the best deal you can find. While it is important to shop around no matter what type of car you are considering, it is even more important when trying to budget rental cars for which there is a lot of demand, like convertibles, minivans or SUV’s.

 

Shopping around at a number of travel-related web sites, as well as at the web sites of the budget rental car companies themselves, is usually the finest way to grab the best deal.

1. Weekly budget rental cars

The length of the rental can have a huge impact on the cost as well. Weekly rentals are often far less costly than a comparable daily rate spread over a week. So if your holiday plans are for a week or more, be sure to ask about special rates.

 

2. Joining Renter Club

Joining the frequent renter club or using the same rental car company each time is a great way to get some special coupons and some very good deals. In addition, most budget rental car companies associate with at least one airline to provide frequent flyer miles or other types of rewards when you rent a budget rental car.

In addition, many airlines run bonus programs where you get extra miles or extra credit. So be sure to inquire about these bonuses when making your reservation.

 

3.Insurance Coverage

Another great way to save money and keep your budget, while taking rental car, low is not to buy things you do not need. In most cases, this means waiving the optional collision insurance coverage offered by the rental car company.

Many budget rental car companies really push this insurance, but in most cases, you are already protected and can securely decline it. For example, most automobile insurance policies already provide collision coverage for budget rental cars, so be sure to check with your car insurance company before starting to plan your holiday.

Even if your insurance company does not cover your rental car, chances are one of your credit card companies does. Many credit cards provide coverage for rental car paid for with the card, so be sure to check with your credit card company to see if they offer this coverage.

 

4.Going for Used Rental car

Another method to keep rental car expenses to a minimum, and one that many people are unaware of, is renting a used budget rental car. There are a number of large national companies, and a number of smaller local companies as well, that rent used rental cars at a much lower price than comparable new cars. In most cases, these rental cars are only a few years old, and they offer the same protection, and the same transportation as costlier new budget rental cars.

Personnel who travel on business resent the corporate travel policy?

business travel

That is a myth.  The truth is that personnel like to know what is anticipated of them and how to conform with a corporate policy as long as that policy is fair and gives them the ability to do what they need to do on the road.  So a well thought out corporate travel policy is a benefit to the company and the business traveler alike.

If it has been given to you to put together a corporate travel policy, your duty from the stand point of the company is to develop a policy that standardizes business expenses, eliminates waste and excess on the road and puts some controls around that part of the business expense picture.  So there are some definite focus areas you should include in the stated corporate policy include.

Reservations.  The business can utilize a travel agent that is looking for the best deal for the company.  The best rates can be identified and taken advantage of but only while making sure the business travelers needs and the business objective of the trip are satisfied.  Requiring that personnel utilize the corporate travel agent again is not unfair and it clarifies for the employee how to handle the situation.

Use of credit.  It is a bit of effort and expense to set up corporate credit cards that you can require your traveling personnel to use.  But by trapping expenses to the corporate account, you can get a record of a most of the business expenses that the employee is incurring.  Many of the expenses of travel such as airline and hotel can be directly billed back to the company thus taking the issues out of the hands of the business traveler.

Travel rewards.  If you have your corporate travel organized by an internal or external travel agency, corporate accounts with the major carriers can be established so the frequent flyer miles can be collected by the business.  As such, the business can transfer those miles and realize those benefits as a major discount to apply against the travel budget.

Per Diem.  Your corporate travel policy must speak clearly to the traveling employee what their limits are for hotel, rental car and meals on the road.  You want to head off before it starts any tendency by the employee to go overboard with daily expenses.  This part of the policy should be reviewed annually to revise to current costs.

Reporting.   One of the chief complaints personnel have about corporate travel policies are that the expense reporting system is cryptic and hard to fill out.  You will give the employee a standardized form that each traveler in the company must fill out to get reimbursed for expenses while traveling.  But review these forms and even design your own so the format is understandable and you have categories to cover all types of expenses the employee might encounter.

Along with these general categories, your corporate travel policies should include some leverage for personnel who are faced with exceptional situations.  Room and food expenses can vary widely depending on where the employee must travel.  So you don’t want to set the hotel limit to $125 per night because it is reasonable to stay in a comfortable hotel for that rate in Lincoln Nebraska but enforce that same limitation for an employee who must do business in New York City.

By producing a policy that in general guards the corporate budget but is also workable to personnel who are about the company business, you will have a tool that will serve both company and employee interests and enable business travel to be what it was always intended to be ñ a productive, business focused activity that achieves the goals of the enterprise.