Posts Tagged ‘CheckINN card’
Friday, August 10th, 2012
Workforce travelers and administrators – business lodging with CLC just got even easier. CLC Lodging is proud to announce its Hotel Locator iPhone app – available for free through Apple’s iTunes store in Q4 of 2012. With its hotel search tool using iPhone’s built-in GPS capability to instantly map CLC hotels to a traveler’s current location, CLC hopes to ease the hectic business travel life of many of its customers.
The Hotel Locator mobile app takes full advantage of iPhone technology – allowing users to:
- Easily search from CLC’s broad network of hotels using current location orcity, address or ZIP
- Map hotels using GPS technology and get directions in seconds
- Fine tune hotel searches by distance and rate ranges
- Toggle hotel search results quickly between a hotel list and map view
- Filter by breakfast, high speed internet and truck parking
- View hotel details, amenities and photos
- One-tap dial to the hotel to make reservations
- Access CLC’s 24-hour Traveler Support Center support line
An Android version of the Hotel Locator app is in development. It will offer the same features and functionality as the iPhone app and will be available this coming September.
Not a CLC member yet? Call (866) 857-9783 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Smaller companies can receive free membership by using the key code “APPNEWS” during registration at www.clclodging.com or by calling 1-866-857-9747, Option 1.
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Monday, May 14th, 2012
Have you audited your company expense reports or travel policy lately? Many of your fellow business owners are. Mary Ann McNulty of Business Travel News reports that company audits are up, perhaps in part to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) spending debacle. While you can probably rest assured that your expenses aren’t as egregious as the GSA’s, it’s always a good idea to take the pulse of your travel program.
Are your workforce travelers turning in justifiable expenses, or sliding unwarranted expenditures through a loose interpretation of your company’s travel policy? If your answer is: “I don’t know” or “I’m not really sure,” it may be a good time to take a closer look at employee expense reports. You can only manage what you measure.
Do certain trends appear upon analysis of expense reports? Do you notice that employees are staying a little too close to home? Do some expenses look more pleasure, than business related? With data in hand, the next step is to make changes to your travel policy and put additional controls in place.
A good travel policy is an evolving document that is reviewed annually. It should explicitly identify what is acceptable such as per diem policy, hotel rate range and personal use. Control hotel prices by limiting hotel types, prices and locations. Describe what receipts are needed for per diem allowances. Spell out the consequences for abuse and enforce them. Controls increase efficiency while limiting unpleasant surprises at the end of the year.
Unsure where to start? With savings of 20-40% on hotels nationwide and in Canada, CLC Lodging provides the service and metrics to improve your travel policy and bottom line. Go to www.clclodging.com for more information today.
Thursday, April 19th, 2012
Are your drivers still sleeping in their rigs? You may want to reconsider. Getting a hotel night might be a double-win—the driver sleeps better and the company saves money. Studies show that a typical long-haul tractor trailer idles approximately 1,830 hours per year – consuming up to 1.2 gallons per hour. The economics of rig vs. hotel are easy to calculate:
- 1.2 gallons of diesel per hour of idle time for 10 hours
- 12 gallons of diesel at $4.20 a gallon = $50.40
- Add another $5.40 – the average cost of engine wear, oil consumption and estimated maintenance for 10 hours
- Total cost of idling for one night is $55.80 + parking fees and costs for using truck stop facilities
Safety, health issues, pay load and environmental impact should also be considered when deciding between idling and a hotel.
- Truck lots leave something to be desired when it comes to personal safety.
- Inhaling exhaust from multiple rigs probably isn’t good for your drivers’ health or your insurance premiums.
- Switching out sleepers could positively affect your company’s bottom line. Bigger payload = bigger revenue.
- Some states won’t allow trucks to idle due to emission laws.
CLC Lodging’s CheckINN Card can save your workforce travelers 20% – 40% off the lowest published rate every time they sleep in a CLC network hotel. CLC is able to offer customers lower rates because it negotiates 11,000,000 hotel room nights every year. Last night, CLC customers stayed in thousands of hotels across the country for less than $55!
Tired of managing contracts and reconciling folios? CLC handles all the billing and checks for accuracy. Your company will longer have to deal with direct bills, cash advances or issuing company credit cards to pay for hotel rooms.
CLC’s trucking customers are saving money, reducing wear-and-tear on their vehicles and sleeping sounder with CLC’s CheckINN Card. See how I-Supply benefited by switching to CLC Lodging.
Thursday, February 9th, 2012
Got employees who travel to do their work in boots, not suits? Construction crews, tower erectors, drivers, field reps, installers, inventory teams and others who stay in economy and mid-scale hotels?
- Higher occupancy — Forget recent years when your travelers could bargain for a cheap rate at the front desk. Now the lodging industry recovery is well under way. According to Smith Travel Research, hotel occupancies rose to 67 percent last year from 2010 occupancy of 64 percent.
- Steadily climbing rates — 2012 is on track to continue last year’s rising occupancy trend, and higher rates go along with it. Last week the U.S. hotel industry saw average occupancy gains of 5.5% to 51.7%, reports Hotel News Now. Last week’s average daily room rate across the country went up 3.1%.
Possibly exceeding your travel budget — Travel planners surveyed by Carlson Wagonlit Travel admit to worries over ever-increasing costs, especially since many travel planners found they’d exceeded their travel budgets before 2011 was over. Business demand was mandating travel, but costs were higher than many companies planned for. This year they want to optimize their hotel spend to stretch their lodging dollars, more than 50% of respondents told Carlson pollsters.
If your company is ready for an easy way to save time and money on workforce travel, there’s no need to wait.
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Sunday, February 5th, 2012
Workforce travelers, it’s American Heart Month. Would you recognize the warning signs of a heart attack in yourself or others? What about CPR – can you perform it?
It’s smart to be prepared for medical emergencies on the road, and the American Heart Association (AHA) offers a variety of tools to help you. CheckINN Direct provides these tips to help keep you safe and heart-healthy wherever your workforce travel takes you.
Put Your Smartphone to Work
The Pocket First Aid and CPR App not only helps you know what to do if someone isn’t breathing, but also if they’ve been biten, bruised or burned. The app includes videos from the American Heart Association to show you how to do CPR and handle medical emergencies. It is available from the iTunes App store for the iphone and from Android Market for Android phones, and costs $3.99.
Learn To Perform CPR
AHA offers an online tool to help you find CPR training that’s convenient for you. Find a CPR class.
Start Thinking Healthy
Or, if hearing about American Heart Month serves as a timely reminder about eating better and moving around more, check out the Getting Healthy section of the AHA website.
Go Red for Women
You may be seeing “Go Red for Women” banners around your travel areas all across the country this month, too. That’s the AHA’s annual focus on heart health for women, who often suffer heart symptoms that are different from the classic heart attack signs seen in men. Find out more.
Get Heart-Smart & Hotel-Savvy
With your job keeping you on the road frequently, you know it’s smart to have a company lodging plan (like joining CheckINN Direct). Now you can be just as savvy about overcoming – or better yet, preventing – health emergencies on the heart health on the road as you are about using CheckINN Direct to save you 20-40% off hotel room rates.
Not yet a member? Sign up today.
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Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Here’s an exciting new innovation for workforce travelers (almost as good as CheckINN Direct saving you 20-40% off hotels). Now a new smartphone app lets you control the TV remote in some hotel rooms when you’re traveling for business.
That’s great news for frequent company travelers who may consider in-room remotes as germ magnets.
USA Today reports that travelers staying in hotels that get in-room TV entertainment from LodgeNet can use its free app for iPhones, iPads and Androids.
Here’s how it works:
Download the app, called LodgeNet Mobile, from your mobile device app store
Follow the directions on how to link to a specific hotel TV
Use the app to control free TV channels, pay-per-view movies and on-demand TV shows
Pay-per-view selections can be charged to your hotel bill or you pay for them separately with the app
Download Before Traveling
Be aware that before you hit the road, you may need to download the app via a computer since its size makes it too large to immediately download on an iPhone, for example.
Currently, LodgeNet has updated its TV systems in about 2,000 hotels for its new app, so it may take awhile before you can put it into practice at your specific workforce lodging. But since LodgeNet can be found in around 500,000 hotel rooms, the app eventually will be useful in many more locations.
You’ll also find that adult-only selections aren’t accessible through the app. But in addition to channel surfing, you can use it to control the TV volume, program guide and TV menu.
Just another convenience for workforce travelers – just like CheckINN Direct from CLC Lodging. When you’re a CheckINN Direct member, your business travel is discounted at more than 10,000 hotels across the U.S. and Canada.
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Monday, January 30th, 2012
Road warriors, changes are ahead on the roads you travel – starting in California – and they’ll be here sooner than you think. The stringent new standards that the state passed on Friday are designed to put lots more emission-free vehicles on the road.
The goals that California’s Air Resources Board set on Jan. 27 may mean that someday you’ll be charging your electric vehicle each night when you stay at a CheckINN Direct hotel. The new rules require:
Starting in 2025, 1 in 7 new cars sold in the state must be electric or otherwise have zero emissions (the acronym ZEV stands for zero-emissions vehicle).
Also by 2025, cutting pollution by smog by 75% and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% of today’s standards. Automakers were on board with California’s regulators for the greenhouse gas decision, which is expected to be a national standard.
By 2050, 87% of cars on the road must be zero-emission vehicles.
The regulations go into effect with on new vehicle models coming out in 2017. By 2025, that’s expected to mean an estimated 1.4 million ZEV vehicles will be traveling the state’s highways.
So what is a ZEV, anyway? While a bicycle technically is a zero-emissions vehicle, the term typically means battery-powered electrical vehicles or hydrogen-powered vehicles that use a fuel cell.
In addition to cutting down on air pollution, the vehicles typically get mileage ranging from 90 to more than 110 MPGe (since no gas in involved, that means miles per gallon equivalent).
The Nissan Leaf was one of the first all-electrics on the market, with orders now being accepted in 30 state markets.
The 100% electric Mitsubishi I toured the West Coast last fall and is expected to arrive early this year. Meanwhile, Ford’s 5-passenger Focus Electric launched last November in California and the New York/New Jersey area with availability being expanded to 14 more launch markets this year.
General Motors is charging ahead in the market, too – late last year, GM announced the roll-out of its all-electric Chevrolet Spark in 2013.
Who knows? Within 10 years, packing your workforce travel bags may mean including your car charger as well as your CheckINN Card.
Monday, January 30th, 2012
Saving money on your employees’ hotel stays is what CheckINN Direct from CLC Lodging is all about. We’re talking discounts of 20-40% off hotels’ lowest published rates, thanks to the negotiating power CLC leverages from its purchases of more than 10 million room nights a year for clients.
Not surprisingly, CheckINN Direct’s deeply discounted rates are exactly what our customers love most about the program. After all, who isn’t looking for ways to cut company costs?
Here’s what one CheckINN Direct advocate told us after saving nearly $7,000 on employee lodging in just six weeks:
“At one hotel, I had negotiated a rate of $100 a night. Your rate is $55 plus tax. That’s really noticeable…I can look at your Web site and instantly see which hotels are within my price range, so I no longer need to call around to get rate quotes.”
In other words, if you’ve got drivers, installers, construction crews or other employees frequently on the road, you can pay less for hotels AND save yourself time finding hotels and negotiating rates.
Not bad, huh? Particularly when CheckINN Direct requires are no contract commitments or annual minimum usage requirements.
2012 is just getting started, but there’s no need to waste any more time paying more for a hotel room than you have to. You easily can make 2012 the year that you get your company travel costs under control. In fact, you can sign up immediately.
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Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Want to know the hotels that are in the CLC Lodging hotel network for CheckINN Direct members? There’s an easy way to check – and it gives you an idea of pricing, too.
Simply go to the Find A Hotel tool on CheckINN Direct’s home page. Enter the City/State or ZIP Code for your company’s travel destination.
You instantly get an overview of the hotels in the area where your workforce travelers can save 20-40% once your business signs up for CheckINN Direct.
Plus, you’ll see how many participating hotels are in the CLC Lodging network in your travel area. The tool also tells you the savings range you can expect, depending on the hotel you and your travelers choose.
Don’t forget that CheckINN Direct’s Lowest Rate Guarantee ensures that you’re paying the lowest rate. If you find a lower qualifying rate, CheckINN Direct will pay you the difference and give you $30 in CheckINN Dollars to use for your next stay.
Have fun checking out the Find A Hotel tool. If you like what you see, it’s easy to become a CheckINN Direct member!
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Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Not many CheckINN Direct members likely make it to the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas in 1.86 million square feet of exhibit space. But it’s always good for small businesses like yours to keep up on the latest electronic gadgets that are showcased at the show so you’ll know what’s coming soon — and what it might mean for your company.
So what was hot at this year’s show, wrapping up this week? John Brandon’s report for Inc. identifies key trends: including:
Expect 4G signals to become the norm for your next smartphone. They’ll bring lightning quick speed to video downloads and make video conferencing smoother than previously possible. You’ll be able to move swiftly across the Web and Internet back-ups will be easier than ever.
Smart phones also are going to be working harder on your behalf, including for productivity like word processing and online accounting. They’ll be more like notebook computers than ever before, complete with full-size keyboards. One version on CES view, the Astrix 4G, uses a docking station to connect to a desktop monitor and keyboard.
Electric cars are moving from concept to reality. Ford chose CES to roll out its electric Ford Focus. In recent weeks, the Chevy Volt has been arriving at dealer showrooms. As Brandon notes, businesses may want to start considering the idea of electric fleets to lower fuel costs.
Hope you’re already on top of keeping your workforce travel costs low. That’s what CheckINN Direct is all about. No need to get to Vegas to find out how it works – read all about it now.