mirandag - 12/03/2012 12:41 BST
I'm a PA who's recently become travel booker for the firm I work for. It's a new role and with no previous travel experience, it's quite a steep learning curve and I'm having to set it all up from scratch. Therefore, would you mind if I pick your more experienced brains with a question regarding loyalty schemes for business travel.
I'm looking to sign us up to BA's 'On Business' Corporate Loyalty Scheme and quite a few of our partners belong to BA's Executive Club, as well as other loyalty schemes.
My question is... Is anyone else on here a travel booker for a company (particularly law firms) and if so, do you/your firm allow individual travellers to collect points on their own loyalty schemes for business travel or do you/your firm mandate using a corporate scheme only?
Any advice gratefully received.
VintageKrug - 12/03/2012 12:48 BST
www.ba.com/onbusiness works alongside BAEC so travellers can effectively "double dip"; the Avios from BAEC can go to the employee's personal account, the onbusiness points to the business itself.
I've never heard any firm (except a few government depts.) requiring Avios earned via BAEC to be returned to the firm for corporate use (not even sure the T&Cs permit this).
On the other hand it's more likely to be the case that when booking via the corporate TA, the firm's onbusiness number is automatically entered into the booking, and so the individual cannot enter or earn on their own onbusiness number, should they also have a small business to which they can credit the flight for onbusiness purposes. Of course they are still free to earn Avios through BAEC on that same flight.
Of more interest is what corporate TAs do with all the onbusiness points they earn - it's well worth asking your corporate TA to update you on the way in which they are putting these to use.
I'm sure you'll get lots of opinions here, but if you want to read up generally on the subject, our sister magazine Buying Business Travel is aimed at Travel Bookers and has several articles on the subject here
BeckyBoop - 12/03/2012 15:15 BST
Miranda hun i am PA too and know what you are going through, i will get back to you later this week i have been away on leave last week and am really busy at the mo ;) xxx