What options do small business have?

Old Apr 12, 2011, 8:07 pm
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What options do small business have?

I own a small business that does a pretty good amount of travel. We have been on PerksPlus for awhile and it seems to be pretty worthless to be honest. It is nice to get something I guess but it is minimal.
Our number of people traveling is increasing slightly and the amount of spend is increasing.
What options does United have for the Small Business out there? I would love some first hand experiences from those who use them
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Old Apr 12, 2011, 10:11 pm
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Have you looked into PassPlus? Depending on your travel patterns, it may be worth while to consider.
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Old Apr 12, 2011, 10:25 pm
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Here is some info about the PassPlus Secure program..

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...e-program.html
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Old Apr 12, 2011, 10:47 pm
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I tend to think PassPlus (in any of its variations) isn't much of a deal either except in very limited cases. As far as I can tell, no airline has figured out how to mine the small business market successfully. UACO is definitely no exception to that general rule.
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Old Apr 13, 2011, 7:39 am
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A few questions:
  • Ballpark, what is your spend?
  • About how many travelers do you have?
  • Are there typical fares you purchase?
  • Are any of those premium fares?
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Old Apr 13, 2011, 12:50 pm
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Unless you're buying a lot of high fares like YBM or premium cabin fares it's doubtful you'd be able to negotiate anything. I work for a giant company who can negotiate and we get a nice discount off premium fares.. I recently booked a SEA-LHR round trip B fare on UA and the savings was about 20% off what I could get at United.com. However I've found that when booking lower booking codes the discount is very paltry.. like 1-2%. I'm not privy to what other perks the company gets.. I'm quite certain there are some status nominations but those things would be handed out at levels far higher than where I'm at.
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Old Apr 13, 2011, 5:37 pm
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Originally Posted by snapper6768
I own a small business that does a pretty good amount of travel. We have been on PerksPlus for awhile and it seems to be pretty worthless to be honest. It is nice to get something I guess but it is minimal.
Our number of people traveling is increasing slightly and the amount of spend is increasing.
What options does United have for the Small Business out there? I would love some first hand experiences from those who use them
Star Alliance unfortunately doesn't really have an alliance wide small business program whereas OW does.

My former employer was a large medical technology fire and with an Alliance contract had some substantial discounts from that. I know on one example the Alliance contract was ~45% less than I found for an LH flight in C.

If it's that much an issue, it may be worthwhile to look at the OW small business program as it entails discounts of up to 25%.
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Old Apr 13, 2011, 9:25 pm
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Continental has the Reward One program for small businesses.

http://rewardone.continental.com/

I do not know how it will shake out in the merger, but definitely worth looking at.
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Old Apr 14, 2011, 9:42 am
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Originally Posted by bloodyeyeballs
Continental has the Reward One program for small businesses.

http://rewardone.continental.com/

I do not know how it will shake out in the merger, but definitely worth looking at.
We use Reward One - no discounts, but the points do eventually add up and you can get reward seats or buy someone a Silver Elite. But we mostly get club passes, drink coupons and PC memberships using the points. A little perk, but nice.
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