Corporate Travel FAQs

The Hows Behind What We Do

If you’ve been in an airport during a storm or a hotel swarming with convention goers, then you know that problems are rarely resolved to your satisfaction. Most of the time, your blood pressure rises and you’re stuck with the “best they can do.” That status quo just won’t do.

When flights are overbooked or delayed. The front desk can’t find your reservation. The umpteenth call to customer service goes nowhere. The only thing you want to know is that it’s being handled. Someone knows what’s going on. Someone is taking care of his or her corporate travel.

That someone is a CIRE Travel’s corporate travel planner. CIRE has dedicated, wise travel advisors who deal with corporate travel 24/7. Backed by the global force of Tzell, there’s nothing we can’t arrange or rearrange. Our concierge-level service relieves the stress of business travel so people can focus on getting the job done.

How can CIRE save our company money on airfare?
Comprehensive low-fare search and daily-fare review engines guarantee the lowest possible airfare right up to departure time. Our e-ticket tracking program identifies all unused or partially unused tickets and reminds travelers that they have outstanding and reusable resources.

Tzell’s International Rate Bureau, staffed by former airline rate desk agents, provides easy access to services that can potentially reduce international air costs by 25% to 40%. The International Rate Bureau:

  • Monitors airline promotions, reducing costs and increasing perks like free upgrades, buy-one-get-one free specials, free executive stopovers, discount coupons, credit card promotions, and more
  • Gives routing advice including alternate airlines and rules that would be the most cost-effective
  • Advises on ticketing methods, including ticket wholesalers and special charter vendors
  • Provides information on foreign rules and regulations, currency restrictions and conversion

Once travelers land, the ground transportation arranged is ready and waiting. Of course, all options are available—car rentals, limousine service, etc.

With how many hotels does CIRE have discount programs?
Need a hotel that caters to corporate clientele and meetings? CIRE will recommend the perfect one from Tulsa to Paris and everywhere in between. Tzell is one of the largest independent hotel customers in the world, so hotel discount programs at over 28,000 properties at 190-plus hotel chains in 141 countries are at your disposal.

Tzell also features a Hotel Benefits Program with 4- and 5-star properties that includes unique amenities and exclusive privileges at over 500 hotels in over 250 destinations.

  • Savings of up to 53% on standard corporate travel rates
  • Savings of up to 74% on rack rates
  • Last room availability
  • Exclusive services and amenities at selected hotels
  • Extensive facility and amenity information

Does CIRE reserve ground transportation for my business travelers?
Our car rental programs, coupled with key sedan and limo vendor relationships, give CIRE an advantage in arranging your ground transportation. However you prefer to travel, CIRE can ensure your car, your driver, your shuttle, your chariot, etc. awaits at highly competitive pricing.

  • Preferred shuttle (BOS-LGA-DCA) pricing
  • Discounted fares within key domestic and international markets
  • Positive space upgrades
  • Business reward programs with car rental companies
  • Preferred service with sedan and limo ground transportation

Do I really need to develop an official corporate travel policy?
Without an official travel policy, small to mid-sized businesses run the risk of unnecessarily high travel budgets. No two corporate travel policies are alike. Our corporate travel advisors evaluate your organization’s budget and needs, developing a policy to match. Plus, you gain access to the keys that open “travel industry insider” connections, savings and perks that you can’t get on your own. CIRE will:

  • Design and implement effective, measurable cost protocols
  • Enforce your travel policies
  • Maintain superior service benchmarks
  • Directly reduce overall trip costs consistently
  • Report our system’s performance and acceptance

Travel management reporting tools, CROSSFIRE and PERISKOPE, delivers data integrity essential in travel program analysis, which drives down corporate travel costs. In the end, time is money and happy, valued employees are better employees. CIRE Travel can take an enormous load off of your travel budget and in-house resources.

Will working with CIRE reduce travel costs and save valuable time?
Without a doubt. Contacting CIRE Travel for a proposal is one of the easiest and best decisions you’ll ever make.

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    "Eric is so great that he takes care of problems before you even know there is a problem, especially with weather delays and other travel snafus. I cannot say enough good things about Eric and his team and highly recommend them for both personal travel and corporate travel planning needs!” 

    – Benjamin, Media – New York

    "Eric is wonderful! He helped me organize a week-long conference in New Delhi and he managed each piece seamlessly—from the flights to the hotels to the ground transportation. He knew all about our various options within New Delhi and helped weigh in thoughtfully as we finalized our contracts with each vendor. He was a genuine pleasure to work along every step of the process!”

    –Preeti B, Fashion – New York

    "Eric is truly the best travel planner. He goes above and beyond every time, without fault. He seizes absolutely every opportunity to improve and enhance your travel experience. As a client, I know I benefit each trip from the relationships he has established, and the credibility and outstanding reputation he has earned in the industry. His disposition, ease, and professionalism qualitatively set him apart. Regardless of the request, the urgency, the challenge, he handles each issue and transaction with a calm and efficient attitude. Above all, he is just a great person and simply such a pleasure to work with. I have and will continue to recommend Eric, without hesitation and unconditionally, to anyone who needs a corporate travel agent. And if you think you don’t need one, after working with Eric for a couple of times, you’ll wonder how you lived without him.”

    – Kiersten C, Cyber Security – Virginia

    "We got a solicitation voicemail yesterday from some corporate travel agency down the street, and I made a point of calling them back just to tell them that we were so happy with our travel guru, CIRE Travel. We didn’t need to hear about their corporate travel planning services because we were not looking to change. Shortest solicitation call of my life.”

    – Emilian P, Cyber Security – Washington, DC

    "I was spending countless hours on travel booking and airline websites. What was taking me a ridiculous amount of time to do, CIRE Travel handled in minutes. And with a trip involving three airlines and four airports, I’m relieved knowing that if something goes wrong, I just call CIRE.” 

    – Brenda H, Advertising – Kansas City