Hello Roomie!

October 29 2008 by Chris McGinnis
Comments (12)

HelloRoomie.jpgWhen American Express talks, the business travel industry listens. Last week the travel behemoth released its outlook for 2009 and the news was not all bad. The average cost of a domestic business trip is expected to rise just 2.8 percent in 2009. After several years of trip cost increases two or three times that large, a bump of 2.8 percent seems mild, and even welcome given the state of the economy and dwindling travel budgets.

That's the good news.

In the same week it announced its forecast, AmEx also published "10 Cost Savings Tips for Road Warriors," a laundry list of relatively standard tips such as packing light to avoid new checked baggage fees, and booking trips as far in advance as possible for the lowest rates.

But wedged in among this advice was this little ditty: "Employees That Stay Together, Save Together - Some companies are instituting room-sharing policies for co-workers traveling together. Along the same lines, sharing car service or taxis to and from the airport is an easy way to save."

Excuse me? You mean bunking down in the same hotel room with your boss the next time you make sales calls together? Having a fellow employee assigned as your roommate for the next company convention?


But hey, extreme times call for extreme measures. And as I said, when American Express talks, people listen. We all may have hotel roomies sooner than we think.

QUESTION: Do you have any hotel room sharing stories you'd like to share?
Any advice to fellow road warriors on how to make it work?

Categories : Road Warriors


By Lisa on October 29, 2008 2:04 PM

A client once tried to get me to room with her on a press tour. (They didn't want to spring $300 for my hotel room in NYC). I politely declined and got my own room, knowing they would not reimburse me. It was worth every penny.

By Lisa on October 29, 2008 2:04 PM

A client once tried to get me to room with her on a press tour. (They idn't want to spring $300 for my hotel room in NYC). I politely declined and got my own room, knowing they would not reimburse me. It was worth every penny.

By Clare on October 30, 2008 3:01 PM

It would depend on the colleague and if it was a two bedroom suite.

By Valerie from Brentwood CA on October 30, 2008 3:42 PM

I think anyone could easily get out of this based on sexual harrassment regulations. If your company would only put men together with other men and women together with other women, that creates an implied assumption that you are heterosexual. What if you are gay? What if you are straight and are placed with a gay person of same sex? That would be equivalent to putting a man and woman together which presumably is not common practice because it would be deemed inappropriate or create an uncomfortable situation.

By Linda J. Johnson - Philadelphia on October 30, 2008 6:27 PM

I would prefer to stay in a less elegant hotel versus sharing a room with a colleague. What about when you're trying to get dressed or shower? What if you have body image issues and have your colleague see your bra size? No way Jose.

By deanna on November 5, 2008 12:21 PM

Our company asks our sales team to room together during conferences only, to facilitate team building. They can book nicer resorts if folks room together. Not too many object, and higher ups get their own rooms. I don't see the problem with it, unless your roommate snores, LOL!

By Jason on November 5, 2008 3:52 PM

Hmmm. I frequently travel with a very attractive young lady, my age with whom we both admire. I shall go no further with this idea.

BTW: Valerie from Brentwood CA needs to get a life, or perhaps change the one she has now!

Jason in GA

By Jon on November 7, 2008 7:30 AM

This actually came up unexpectedly last week. I was on the road with my boss. We were both set to stay in separate rooms, but the second room wasn't ready. We originally were going to just drop the bags and head to our meeting. When we got to the one room it had two double beds.

We had a late dinner and were leaving at 4:00 AM the next morning so we were only going to be in the room sleeping for a few hours.

Given current times we decided to save almost $200 and stay together in that room.

I'll add that we've worked together several years and have a good professional and friendly relationship so it worked in that case. Had it been an extended stay we would have likely kept the original plan of getting two rooms.

By Nancy on November 7, 2008 6:59 PM

I would rather stay in a smaller, cheaper hotel than have to share with anyone. I like to read late, shower early, order room service breakfast, and make phone calls home in private. No way I'll share. It's okay for vacation travelers who know each other well and are trying to save their own money, but on a business trip, one needs privacy, and quiet (no television while I'm trying to polish my presentation, for example).

love the Ticket.

By Bob White on November 11, 2008 7:39 AM

I've had to do this before, and it pretty much sucks. I don't mind sharing a suite as long as I have my own bedroom and bath, but I don't want to sleep in the same room as a co-worker and listen to him make unsavory noises all night. Forget it!

By Paula on November 14, 2008 1:00 PM

I've done this before -- it was no big deal. In fact, I volunteered for this on an upcoming trip to San Francisco, where hotel rooms prices are through the roof. I'd much rather stay in a nicer room and share it than stay in a dump with "privacy". (In a cheap hotel, you will likely end up hearing more unsavory noises coming from the next room than anything your co-worker could muster up.) On business trips, I don't end up spending much time in the room anyway.

By Journey on June 22, 2011 11:08 PM

You've hit the ball out the park! Inerdcible!

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