Schedule meetings strategically
“Coordinate your meetings so they’re on Monday or Friday,” suggests Michael Puldy, a technology executive and author of The Millennial’s Guide to Business Travel: Lessons for the Next Generation of Road Warriors. “That way you have the weekend to enjoy a little personal time while you’re traveling.”
Be strategic with your schedule. “Most companies are flexible and more than happy to let you take a few extra days,” Puldy says, “but, of course, they don’t want to pay for your holiday.” See if your company will accommodate a different flight — say, a Sunday evening return rather than Friday evening — if the fare is comparable. In fact, sometimes your weekend stay can reduce airfare costs and actually save the company money.
You’ll likely be on the hook for any additional nights of accommodations, so inquire whether your hotel will extend any corporate rates to the personal portion of your stay — one more way to save.
Pittsburgh to Paris, anyone?
“Knowing the ins and outs of your corporate travel policy may land you a weekend trip to Paris,” says Tiffany Sapp, a tech company consultant.
For multi-week business trips, many companies will often cover your airfare to a new destination rather than flying you home for the weekend if the airfare is the same price or less. For example, while working on a project in Pittsburgh, Sapp’s colleagues found tickets at the right price and jetted off to Paris rather than flying home to San Francisco one weekend. “You just need to know what the rules are, then you can get creative,” Sapp says.