Despite travel policies being the norm in many corporations today, we know that there are plenty of misconceptions when it comes to managed travel. So, let’s start by debunking some common myths to shed light on the value of a well-executed travel program. Find the full details (and perhaps subtly share it with your travelers) here.

Myth 1: They can find a better deal elsewhere

Yes, we know your travelers are savvy. But our seasoned procurement experts have obtained some of the best rates across the world, and we have the data to prove it. Between hidden fees, taxes and full suites of services, travelers need to be aware of the full picture of a deal (as well as the time it’s taking for them to source one).

Myth 2: They don’t have many options

Limits on options are a thing of the past. In fact, we’re opening up more choices for travelers to provide as much flexibility as possible. Whether it’s over 2 million properties that are available or our variety of tools to book with, the sky is the limit.

Myth 3: They miss out on points

Let’s make this one clear: as long as your company allows travelers to collect points, they will! With their loyalty programs tied to our booking systems, there’s no missing out when booking with American Express Global Business Travel. In fact, we work with partners to provide even more benefits than could be garnered with a self-booking.

Myth 4: Business trips aren’t necessary

Of course – video conferencing and collaboration tools mean it’s easy to conduct business with colleagues and clients around the world. But no technology will ever replace the value of face-to-face interaction. While there’s data from a study featured in Harvard Business Review to back it up, most of us can relate to this simply from our own experience. A personal interaction will win over an email any day.

So, the next time a traveler questions your managed travel program – combat their queries with data and facts.