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20-40% Hotel Savings & More for Business Travel!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

How  does CheckINN Direct simplify your  company’s lodging administration when you and your employees travel? Save 20-40% off lowest published rates at 10,000 hotels across the country, and gain these additional  workforce travel advantages. Check it out.

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No Soft Soap: Getting the Most from Leftovers & Your Travel Budget

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Get the most from your company's travel budget with CheckINN Direct That used soap from your hotel room may be put to good use after you check out. USA Today reports that organizations such as Clean the World, based in Orlando, and Global Soap Project, based in Atlanta, are recycling the lodging leftovers and distributing them where they’re needed.

Makes sense to stretch available resources, just like it’s smart to get the most out of your company’s travel dollars with CheckINN Direct whenever you and your employees travel for business.

To recycle the soap, it’s sterilized and packaged into 2-ounce bars, according to USA Today. The sudsy remnants end up where they’re needed most, in homeless shelters and countries ranging from the U.S. and Mexico to Haiti, Japan and India.

How much soap are we talking? Clean the World has provided more than 8 million bars so far. Now, with a new company-wide deal with Starwood Hotels, an estimated 1.6 million pounds of soap will be recycled from its hotel rooms.

Collection deals also are in place with individual hotels, including Hiltons and Marriotts and properties run by Carlson, Wyndham and Hyatt. The recycling organizations also collect used shampoo and lotion bottles from the rooms to recycle – cutting the waste that otherwise would end up in local landfills. And that’s a good deal for everyone.

Another good deal: If your business has workforce travelers, start saving 20-40% off hotels lowest published rates whenever they’re on the road.

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New Mobile Search Screen Finds CheckINN Direct Hotels

Monday, April 25th, 2011

New CheckINN Direct mobile  search screen lets you find hotels from your smartphoneCheckINN Direct features a new mobile hotel search screen. Now company travelers easily can search for CheckINN Direct hotels from an iPhone, Blackberry or Android device while on the road. 

It’s easy to use. CheckINN Direct members just go to www.checkinncard.com. From there, log in to search for a hotel in the desired travel area. 

It’s another way that CheckINN Direct simplifies your company lodging arrangements – while saving you 20-40% off hotels’  lowest published rates.

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Gas Prices Hitting Your Company Travel Budget Hard?

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Is your head spinning over today’s gasoline prices? No wonder.

The skyrocketing increases add up to a lot of potential red ink for your company travel budget if you have workforce travelers whose jobs put them on the  road. The price paid hurts whether they’re in a company vehicle or driving their own for work-related travel.

Here’s what we’re up against at the pump:

The latest Lundberg Survey shows that we’re paying 91 cents more for gas this year than a year ago. Today the average price is $3.7647 – the all-time high was $4.1124. Gas went up slightly over 19 cents a gallon in the past 3 weeks alone. If you’re buying diesel, the average price per gallon is $4.09 – up another 11 cents.

Their survey of 2,500 gas stations puts the average retail price of regular gas at 34 cents per gallon below the all-time high.

How can you fight the increases? Make sure your company drivers are practicing fuel economy with smart routing, reasonable speeds (slower makes your gas go further) and well-timed vehicle maintenance for maximum efficiency. 

CheckINN Direct can make your travel budget go further, too, with savings of 20-40% on business lodging stays. Your workforce travelers stay at familiar economy and midscale hotels but pay much less with CLC Lodging’s pre-negotiated rates (based on its purchasing power of 9 million room nights a year for clients). Check it out.

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How to Control Hotel Costs As Rates Climb

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

CLC Lodging cuts hotel costs for companies with workforce travelers. For companies whose workforce travelers handle jobs that require overnight stays, there’s never been a better time to start looking at ways to cut your business lodging costs.

Gas prices are skyrocketing and economic recovery is pushing up hotel prices. 

In fact, the average daily rate for U.S. hotels went up by more than 4 percent for the first time in 2011 during the week of March 20-26, according to lodging industry experts at Smith Travel Research. And if you’ve passed a gas station recently, you know what’s going on with prices there. 

CLC Lodging specializes in lodging savings and solutions for companies with workforce travelers. CLC can save your business time and money while helping you control how and where your employees spend money on lodging. 

We’re already 3 ½ months into 2011 so it’s time to get your company lodging costs under control. More than 500 large companies and 10,000 smaller businesses are taking advantage of CLC’s workforce travel savings and solutions — and their employees stay in familiar brand name and leading independent hotels like Best Western, Holiday Inn, Super 8, Hampton Inn, Motel 6, Days Inn and more.. 

Our CLC Lodging team is staffing Booth 52 at the annual Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) Annual Conference in San Diego through Saturday  – a great opportunity to hear more about CLC’s workforce travel savings and solutions. If you miss us in San Diego, we’ll be at the 13th Annual Electric Power Conference and Exhibition May 10-12 in Rosemont, Ill. 

Not in San Diego this week or the Chicago area in mid-May? You can start the conversation now by calling (866) 362-0739 or e -mailing sales@clclodging.com. Smaller companies that  want to enjoy the same  discounts that large companies receive can sign up now for CLC’s hotel savings card at www.checkinncard.com.

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Ringing up low hotel rates for the retail industry

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Companies in retail marketing likely have workforce travelers that can benefit from the deeply discounted hotel rates that CLC Lodging provides through its CheckINN Direct Hotel Savings Card program.Please take time to stop by Booth 105 if you’re at the NARMS (National Association for Retail Marketing Services) 16th Annual Meeting and Spring Conference in Monterey, Calif. this weekend.

The event for retail marketing services providers, manufacturers and retailers starts Sunday and continues through Tuesday. 

Many workforce travelers who carry our Hotel Savings Card are in the retail field, whether they help set up new storefronts, are manufacturers’ reps or travel from store-to-store to conduct inventory. 

Employees just present the CheckINN Card from CLC Lodging at the hotel’s front desk, and then are billed for rates that are 20-40% less than hotels’ lowest published rates. 

If your company has employees who typically drive a company vehicle when they travel, then our lodging program can save you money.  It also provides a network of more than 10,000 economy and midscale hotel locations with pre-negotiated low rates nationwide. 

You can read about CLC’s lodging management programs for any size business on the website.  Or, if you work for a small company that wants to sign up immediately for our small business program, you can get started here

And just to note the scope of the businesses we serve – CLC also will be at the 2011 Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) Annual Conference that starts April 12 and continues through April 16 in San Diego.  Stop by Booth 52 and say hello.

Don’t forget – now you can keep current about the various trade shows where you can talk to one of our Sales representatives by clicking this Events link.

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