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Managed vs. Unmanaged Travel: What’s Right for My Business?

Travel — and all you do to manage it — can consume much of your company’s budget, as well as your time.

Transportation, hotel, restaurant and other travel costs can add up. On top of it all, it takes countless hours to search, book and manage your colleagues’ business travel. The pressure’s on you to get the best rates and keep track of business travelers as quickly and efficiently as possible. Leadership also looks to you to manage mountains of travel data to make sure your company’s getting maximum return on its travel investments.

On your quest to improve your bottom line, you might be considering managed travel vs. unmanaged travel, and which model is right for your business. While both models can get your colleagues from point A to point B, managed travel with a business travel agency could help you save money, time and hassle spent organizing business travel. It can also help improve the overall traveler experience before, during and after their time away from the office.

The difference between managed and unmanaged travel

Unmanaged corporate travel requires you to plan all aspects of travel on your own. Tasks you must complete, to name a few, include finding the lowest fares, booking flights, confirming bookings and managing risks – all while attempting to keep costs at bay.

In contrast, managed corporate travel performs all these tasks on your behalf and much more. With the support of a corporate travel management company, such as Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), you benefit from access to our business travel expertise. The combination of products and services we provide make it simple for you to organize business travel, manage costs, ensure compliance and take care of your travelers. This can free you to focus on more important matters, such as your company’s innovation and growth.

Business Travel Solutions by CWT

When you take advantage of Business Travel Solutions by CWT, you’ll gain access to our award-winning technology, including our CWT To Go™ app for travelers and CWT AnalytiQs for you, an analytics and reporting platform making it possible for you to view travel expenses and data in real time, create reports and set up alerts. At a glance, you can see where your business travelers are at all times, across the globe. In an instant, you may message them to provide alerts and support in the event of hurricanes, terrorist incidents, and other emergencies. You’ll also gain peace of mind knowing our warm, friendly and knowledgeable travel counselors are at your service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, worldwide.

Because we handle nearly $60 billion USD in business travel-related transactions a year, we have the knowledge and negotiating power it takes to help you get the best rates on flights, hotels, car rentals and more, take advantage of special offers, amenities, and discounts and save as much as 40 percent on travel costs.

Take off, with managed corporate travel

Throughout all phases of business travel, managed corporate travel offers a wide range of features and benefits that free you to focus on more value-added tasks. Unmanaged corporate travel, on the other hand, leaves you to fend for yourself.

When you choose to make Business Travel Solutions by CWT a part of company’s overall travel management strategy, you’ll benefit from free setup and implementation with support from a dedicated travel solution manager every step of the way. The solution makes it possible for you to dramatically reduce the money, effort and time you spend to plan, organize and manage travel. We make it easier for you to keep track of business travelers and travel-related data. Business Travel Solutions by CWT can also help you make faster, more informed decisions so you’ll get the most return out of your travel investments.

Many of the world’s most successful businesses partner with CWT to manage their travel. Join us. To get started with Business Travel Solutions by CWT, call 800-456-5220 or submit this form today.