As a government traveler, there is a maximum rate for lodging allowance, and people will often book a hotel at this maximum rate (in fact, in places like Honolulu, all the hotels know the max rate and will charge the travelers that amount). However, sometimes the traveler has family or friends in the area and would enjoy staying with them instead. Allowing the traveler to opt for 50% of the max as an allowance on their... more »
Encourage employees to choose the lowest hotel rate below the Per Diem by giving them 10% of the amount below the Per Diem. Example, if the Per Diem is $200 and the final hotel bill is $100, the traveler would receive 10% of the amount below the Per Diem - $10.
In just about every area of Govn't service, there is a lot of money wasted on rental cars and hotels costs. The Govn't should require all Govn't employees who travel in groups for work, school, or temp assignments to double up in a room (execptions for different genders). If the Govn't did this instead of giving each person their own personal rooms they could rent rooms at a more upscale place for the price and save money... more »
The government recently contracted to send me from Washington, DC to Columbia, SC. The fare was a whopping $1,400 due to the contracted airline fees. I then decided to add a personal trip in with the government travel, which means the trip would now include a flight out to Ontario, California and back to Washington, DC. I was able to add the extra trip and still save $135 off the cost of a roundtrip from Washington, DC... more »
Allow staff to schedule travel through any source. As long as policy is followed, utilizing multi-search travel websites can greatly save on travel costs (e.g. hotels, airfare, rental cars).