»»Jumpjet: 10 Private jet Trips per Year for a Fee Starting at $2,350/mo

Jumpjet has officially launched its new private jet service.
With Jumpjet, high-end frequent-fliers will get to fly on private jet for a fixed monthly fee — with a year-long commitment to pay it.

Will Ashcroft, Jumpjet’s founder, says his company will offer private jet service for a price that is competitive with first- and business-class fares. He added his company will be popular with frustrated premium passengers.

Basically, Jumpjet offer its members three packages to choose from, each of which comes with 10 round trips per year.
Members are required to pay a $550 initiation fee first, then If approved, they choose from one of the three following packages.
Upper Club package: ($2,350 per month) it offers 10 round trips per year on flights of 1,750 miles or less.
Upper Club Plus package: ($3,995 per month) it comes with 10 round trips per year on flights of 2,250 miles.
Coast to Coast Elite package: ($5,550 per month) it offers 10 round-trip flights that can be booked to any destination in the U.S. (48 mainland states).

Also, Jumpjet offers an option, Jump Share, allowing a group of up to 10 people to join their resources to purchase either an Upper Club or Upper Club Plus membership.
Another option allows members to bring up to seven guests along on their flights, for a fee of $1,250 per round-trip.

Members will be able to set their own routes and schedules, but are required to reserve their itinerary at least two weeks in advance.

Starting from Oct. 15, approved members will be able to make reservations for itineraries beginning on Nov. 1 and onward.
Markets in which Jumpjet will be selling memberships include the following:
Arizona: Phoenix, Tucson; California: Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs,Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Santa Barbara; Colorado: Aspen, Denver, Vail; Connecticut: Greenwich; District of Columbia: Washington (includes parts of Maryland and Virginia); Florida: Aventura/Bal Harbour, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Naples, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota, West Palm Beach; Georgia: Atlanta; Idaho: Sun Valley; Illinois: Chicago; Maryland: Baltimore; Massachusetts: Boston; Michigan: Detroit; Minnesota: Minneapolis-St. Paul; New Jersey: Trenton/Mercer; New Mexico: Albuquerque/Santa Fe; New York: Hamptons, New York; North Carolina: Raleigh; Ohio: Cleveland-Akron; Oklahoma: Oklahoma City; Oregon: Portland; Pennsylvania: Philadelphia; Tennessee: Nashville; Texas: Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth; Washington: Seattle.

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»»How Business Travelers Use Mobile Apps in the UK

A survey about the usage of mobile apps when travelling for business revealed that around 39 per cent of business travelers in the UK are not using them at all.
The study, commissioned by travel and expense company Concur, which surveyed 1,000 UK business travelers, also said 11% of business travelers in the UK even don’t have a device to run these apps.

Browsing social networking sites and using maps dominate as most popular internet activities among business travelers in the UK, the study found.
60 per cent of respondents said they are using always, often or occasionally social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, as 90 per cent said they are using maps like Google or Bing.

Other key findings about how UK business travelers are using mobile apps, include the following:

– 83 per cent of business travelers who use mobile apps say it improves the travel experience;

– 76 per cent of business travelers who are making use of apps have never used any apps to help manage their travel expenses quickly and efficiently;

– just 40 per cent of app-using business travelers take advantage of airline apps;

– just 32 per cent of respondents said they use airport information apps.

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»»Business Travel Spending Forecasts For Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain)

Business travel spending among major European markets is expected to drop by 2.2% in 2012 to $177 billion USD, according to GBTA BTI Outlook – Western Europe report.
The study by The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), sponsored by Visa Inc., is a semi-annual analysis of business travel in Europe. It provides valuable insights into trends in domestic and international outbound business travel of the five major business travel markets in Europe — accounting for around 70% of total business travel market in Europe — Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain.
The report also shows that business travel market in this region is expected to grow by 1.4% in 2013.

The table below shows the forecasts of GBTA BTI — an index of business travel spending — for these five business travel markets.

  2012 2013
Germany +1.6% (to $50.8 billion) +3.3%
UK +0% (to $40.2 billion) +2.8%
Italy -6.9% (to $32.9 billion) -1.2%
France -2.2% (to $35.7 billion) +1.1%
Spain -7.8% (to $17.9 billion) -1.6%

Below, domestic and international business travel spending for the five major business travel markets in Europe.

Germany: in 2012 domestic business travel spending will increase 2.8%, as international outbound spending will fall -3.0%.

UK: in 2012 international outbound spending will decline -3.1% and domestic business travel spending will grow 1.6%; in 2013, domestic business travel is expected to rise 2.3% and spending on international outbound business travel will grow 3.9%.

France: domestic business travel is expected to be flat in 2012 followed by a 4.5% increase in 2013; international outbound spending will fall -5.7% in 2012 and another -4.6% in 2013.

Italy: in 2012 domestic business travel spending will fall -6.5%, as international outbound business travel will record a -10% drop; in 2013 both are expected to fall again, -0.8% and -3.9% respectively.

Spain: Spending on domestic business travel will decline -5.9% in 2012 and another -0.4% in 2013; international outbound spending is expected to fall -14.4% in 2012 and another -6.2% in 2013.

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»»Global Hotel Rates Increase 4% in First Half of 2012

Global hotel rates increased by 4% in the first six months of 2012, compared to the same period of the previous year, according to the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index. The index, also shows that, despite this rise, hotel rates are still around their 2005 level.

The Hotels.com Hotel Price Index, which stood at 108 for the first half of 2012, was at its peak of 119 in the first six months of 2007.

Regionally, the study shows the hotel prices rose most in the Pacific region (+6%) and North America (+5%). In Asia, hotel prices for H1 2012 were up 4%, while in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East recorded just an 1% increase.
In Asia, Japanese began to travel again after the problems caused by of the earthquake and nuclear disaster in March 2011, as China experienced a significant increase in international travelers in the last year.
Confidence seems to be back to much of the Middle East and North Africa after the political crises in 2011.
In the US, business travel experienced an increase in the first half of 2012.
Only some areas of the Eurozone experienced a drop in hotel rates, with a lower occupancy in the major cities.

However, globally, in the first six months of 2012, the index shows encouraging signs of growth for the sector.
Hotels.com Hotel Price Index, launched in 2004, is a report on room rates paid by travelers around the world.

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»»Remedies for Business Travel Stress

It’s well known that traveling for business brings with it dangers of a stress overload.  Jet lag as well as other stress chemicals caused from a business trip produce cortisol and adrenaline and are responsible for a lack of of serotonin.
The best way to combat this is light exercise and breathing fresh air according to Neil Shah director of The Stress Management Society.

– Breathing technique
It is very important to take slow deep breaths. A breathing technique is at the top of the tips list suggested by The Stress Management Society to relieve stress during journeys.

– Medicament
To cope with a lack of serotonin, experts suggest taking an enzyme called tryptophan. 100mg dose a day (two tablets) helps to produce enough serotonin to regulate sleep patterns, appetite and your mood. If sleeping is your main problem while traveling, melatonin taken in a 2mg dose can be a solution.

– Food
Proper nutrition can relieve stress during journeys. Opt for healthy foods that are easily absorbed by the body. Avoid eating fatty, greasy food, opt for salads and vegetables instead. Eat foods that are high in omega 3 and B6 / B.

– Drink
As the stress of traveling makes the body dehydrate very quickly, staying hydrated is key during a trip. So, don’t drink alcoholic beverages while traveling and avoid caffeine and sugar.

– Dressing
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Pack light and don’t try to have a different outfit or pair of business shoes for every day.

– Mindset
Take the trip with the right mindset. Look at each trip as something from which you can learn and improve your life. Don’t think just about your work, take advantage of new places you’re visiting to incorporate wider interests into your trip.
(source: CNN)

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