Saving Money on Long Business Trips

As an entrepreneur, business trips can be very expensive. Yes, you get to write them off, but until tax time you still bear the full burden of the payment. It’s always helpful to have ways to reduce costs, especially on longer business trips. Here are three great tips for how to save money when paying for your own long business trip.

Extended Stay Hotels

Extended stay hotels can be a life-saver on a long trip. First, their prices per night are often lower than regular hotels because they have you book in for a longer length of time. This can save money right up front. In addition, they are equipped with small kitchens, allowing you to save money on the biggest expense of all – food. When you can go to a nearby grocery store, buy simple ingredients, and prepare meals in your room, you’ll save a fortune on your trip. Finally, like most hotels, extended stay hotels often have pools, weight rooms, internet, and television free of charge. This can help you save a lot on entertainment options.

Buy a Used Car and Drive

Buying a car isn’t usually on anyone’s list of money-saving tips, but hear me out! If a destination is 7 hours or less away by car, it’s often easier – and cheaper – to drive than to fly. Not only do you save the money on airfare, but you can pack the way YOU need to without paying for checked baggage. You save the time you would have spent in airport security and waiting to change planes. There’s no risk of lost luggage. You don’t have to pay expensive daily rental car rates over the length of your stay. And, you’re not captive to the area around your hotel – you can go find cheaper food and more fun entertainment if you have your own car.

Using your personal vehicle for business travel puts on a lot of extra miles, and with repairs it becomes difficult to separate the business expense from the personal expense for tax purposes. A quality used car that you use for business trips can save you money over and over, making it a great investment.

Consolidate all Spending to One Credit Card

When you are traveling, it’s very useful to put all of your purchases and expenses on a single card. Not only is it much easier to track how much the trip cost your business, but you can more quickly accumulate credit card rewards like frequent flier miles, reward points, discounts, and other benefits. You should have one credit card that’s issued in your business name for business expenses, and make sure you choose one with great rewards that really pay off! In the future when you cash in those rewards, you’ll be saving a lot of money.

Book Flight Tickets Well in Advance

Now that you wish to undertake business operations by taking a long flight to Seoul, it is always wise to book business class flights. Sure, the benefits are many- no disturbance in conducting business, amenity kits, fine wines, and starched linen to help you wake up relaxed. Also, your clothes tend to be crisp because of the extra space, and your makeup can remain immaculate. 

Make sure to book tickets well in advance to experience the luxury you’ve always desired. You can also read through valuable resources like to ensure you know some essential tips before your trip. Some of these tips are bidding for an upgrade in online auctions, upgrading free of cost through frequent flyer loyalty programs, or waiting for airlines to put business class airfares on sale. 

There are many ways to save money on extended business trips. The three above seemed to me to be the biggest impact. Do you agree? How do you go about saving money on long trips?

Hertz Car Sales was founded in 1977 with the goal of building the best overall experience for buying affordable used cars for sale by owner. Hertz innovated used car sales by creating Hertz Rent2Buy®, the first car buying experience that lets you live with your purchase before you actually make it.

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  1. Anyone that has taken business trips will attest to the costs that add up over time, even when certain elements like travel are covered by companies. Great ways to help people save money here!

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