October 29 2008 by Chris McGinnis
When 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?